Meeting you where you are.

with Marnie Levenson, LPCC, PMH-C

Meeting you where you are.

with Marnie Levenson, LPCC, PMH-C

Who We Are?

Becoming Mothers Counseling is a mental health therapy practice offering home-based maternal wellness and telehealth services in your own space.

 In our work together, you will learn how to be kinder with yourself while facing the unique challenges of motherhood. Becoming Mothers Counseling was founded because when I became a mom, I saw home-based maternal wellness as a valuable service missing in my community.

Why home-based?

Getting yourself (and baby) showered, dressed, and out the door on time for an appointment can feel impossible when you’re sleep deprived, low on energy, or struggling with complicated feelings. Let me offer a bit of simplicity and support you in the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to head to an office or a clinic to feel better.

Home-based maternal wellness services

Choose the option that’s right for you

Becoming bundles

Wellness drop-ins

Virtual therapy

“The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly – indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.”
Arianna Huffington

Common challenges

Postpartum transitions

Becoming a mother, whether for the first time or again, can be a difficult and surprising identity change. This period can often lead to unwanted anxious thoughts, depression, self-doubt, and not feeling quite like yourself .You may be worried about getting it “right” or feel overwhelmed about becoming a mother. Sadness and loneliness are also common, especially during a pandemic.

Living in an achievement-oriented world can cause moms to feel pressured to “bounce back” immediately after birth, but it’s ok to redefine what success looks like right now. Maybe you feel like you’re not accomplishing anything or you’re finding it tough to get through each day. You deserve support during these vulnerable moments and can learn skills to ease some of the unique challenges in this journey.

Pregnancy, birth preparation & recovery

Becoming pregnant and giving birth can be a powerful experience and it can also bring up difficult emotions. Oftentimes moms want to feel more calm and empowered about their labor process or need support in processing an intense or traumatic birth. You might be feeling challenged by body image negativity as you adjust to all the physical changes you’re experiencing during this time.

Supportive counseling can also be helpful for those experiencing or recovering from a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Both babies and parents may perceive this experience as traumatic or highly stressful and mental health treatment can be beneficial for the whole family.

Relationship building with baby & partner

Some moms find it difficult initially to bond with their baby, but this doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you. Before you were a mother, you had a whole other identity and you may be trying to get back to yourself. You can learn to accept your baby’s behaviors and feelings as their own and unique from yours, while developing patience and acceptance to form a secure, trusting attachment.

70% of couples report relationship dissatisfaction during the first year after their baby’s birth, but tools exist to nurture your relationship. There are many different ways to create intimacy and closeness with your partner during this time.

Fertility challenges & loss

Grief and loss is a difficult process, but it’s something you don’t have to suffer through alone. Whether you’re grieving a pregnancy or neonatal loss, navigating hopes and unmet expectations of becoming a parent, or feeling unsure about how to move forward, counseling can be a healing tool.

The stress of infertility can feel isolating and unmanageable, and place strain on your relationships. Gain support in processing these challenges and caring for yourself during this time.

What Moms Say

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Before even meeting (virtually or in-person), we’ll have a short phone call so I can learn more about what you’re looking for in a therapist and see if we’re a good fit. If it feels good, we’ll schedule our first visit. At that time we take a deep dive into your pregnancy, birth-related, or motherhood/relationship challenges. We’ll talk about your goals and how to get you on a path moving forward. 

  • Our time together typically lasts 50-60 minutes per visit. At the beginning of our work together, I suggest we meet weekly to get to know each other, build trust, and really figure out how to get you feeling more like yourself. Once we’ve got some momentum, we’ll chat about how often it feels good for us to meet. Some moms find they enjoy the structure of weekly sessions and others decide they want to scale back in frequency. Some moms stay in counseling for a specific season of their life and others come and go as their experience in motherhood changes. I’ll help you to identify your goals and needs, and collaborate together on the best course of action to feel better. 

  • The letters are a fancy way of identifying the education, training, and specialty of each provider. LPCC, licensed professional clinical counselor, means I use evidence-based counseling interventions to help you with personal growth, adjustment issues, relationships, crises, and everything in between. Life is messy! 
  • PMH-C, Perinatal Mental Health Certified, means I have additional training and expertise in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I support women at any stage of motherhood, whether pregnant, postpartum, or later stages of “mom life”. 

  • My practice offers a home-based model of maternal wellness. This means I’ll meet with you in person, in your own home, or virtually from my home office. Some moms find it difficult to get out of the house when they’re low on energy or struggling with complicated emotions and for that reason, I’m meeting you where you are. Meeting in your own space can be in your own home, yard, nearby park, etc. You might be wondering if you need to clean up before I arrive. The answer is a hard no. Other moms prefer to meet virtually, perhaps on a lunch break from work or during a child’s naptime. It’s fine for your baby to join us for sessions and if you have an older child, we can decide about the pros and cons of that dynamic. Home-based maternal wellness allows us to build trust and therapeutic closeness, and what better place to build that connection than in your own space? 

  • Meeting in your space allows me to better connect with your body language, tone of voice, and other nonverbal cues, which in turn can let you be a bit more vulnerable with me. It can help increase your commitment to the process and result in more follow-through on your goals. It invites intimacy and comfort and creates a unique bond in our therapy relationship. Even moments of silence can tell a powerful story. Being together in the safeness of your home allows us to sit together with whatever you’re dealing with. 

  • One of the most significant benefits of virtual therapy is the convenience of “counseling from your couch.”  You might feel more comfortable in the familiar setting of your own living room and enjoy the ease of simply opening up your laptop. Some moms prefer sessions virtually, in-person, or a combination! There’s no right or wrong way for us to meet. 

  • Yes! @becomingmotherscounseling is on Instagram and Facebook. I post helpful and empowering messages, articles, and resources for women at any stage of motherhood. I also share updates on groups and workshops I’m running. 

  • Anyone who says motherhood is easy is clueless. Counseling and wellness visits can be a valuable use of your time and energy for so many reasons. From pregnancy and birth preparation, birth trauma and processing, postpartum/motherhood identity and adjustment challenges, relationship building, fertility challenges, grief and loss, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and “all things mom”... I’m here to support you in this wild journey. Even moms who have a robust support system (if you don’t, we can work on building one) seek out counseling because it offers a unique perspective based on years of clinical education and mental health training.  

  • Yes (mostly)! Confidentiality is critical to the trust in our relationship. You have a legally protected right for confidentiality, except in situations described by Federal and California Law. Limits for confidentiality are described in a Consent for Treatment Form and in HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices. You will receive those forms and discuss the limits of confidentiality at your first visit.

  • I’m an out-of-network provider for most major insurance companies. This means you pay Becoming Mothers Counseling directly at the time of service. When accessing services out of your insurance network, you may be eligible for at least partial reimbursement. Contact your insurance provider for specific information. I often write letters to insurance companies for my clients to help them in this process. 

  • I have a limited number of lower fee slots for clients in need. Check to see if they are available at this time. 

  • Great question! This is something I’ll ask you during our first visit. The better we can understand your goals, the more likely we’ll know the answer to this question. For most, how long you’re in counseling depends on the challenges you're facing, the support available to you, and how much time and energy you have to spend working on your goals. If you’re not sure, we’ll figure it out together.

  • Yes, it will! I work with women at all stages of motherhood, which means I can help meet the needs of a mom to older children.

  • Yes! I work with women at all stages of motherhood. Whether you are trying to conceive, pregnant, postpartum, a mom to older children, or anything in between, I’m meeting you where you are.

  • Let’s chat! I’ll help direct you to alternative services if the Becoming Bundles, Wellness Drop-ins, Virtual Therapy, or any of the group offerings aren’t right for you.

Try a free consultation and see if it’s right for you.

There’s no commitment, pressure, or obligation.