Elisabeth Tullis Schneider, LMFT
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 12 years of experience in the field. My degree in Marriage and Family Therapy equips me to understand not only the complexities of individual conflict and pain, but also that of relational struggle. My passion is to help individuals and couples cope and grow even as they are faced with unexpected and very painful challenges.
I believe that the pain of infertility and pregnancy loss is unique to each individual and couple and is also very misunderstood and sometimes hidden by our culture. Grieving the pain of unsuccessful pregnancy attempts or pregnancy losses even as you work to have a family creates a unique set of challenges. Finding a safe space to share this experience is a critical part of moving forward in a healthy way.
Grief is a very individualized experience. No two people grieve alike, nor should we encourage them to. It is my goal to help people discover what they need in order to share their pain, to acknowledge and respect their loss, and to find peace in the midst of the grief and heartache.
Perinatal mood disorders are also very common in our communities. Indeed, 1 out of every 7 women will deal with a perinatal mood disorder during or after a pregnancy - it is the most common medical complication of pregnancy. But it is often hard for women to discuss their struggle with those around them. Shame, guilt and misunderstanding often create unnecessary burdens around the pain of perinatal mental health. Finding a safe place to talk about feelings, to discuss the challenges and to learn and practice coping skills is a key to stopping the cycle. It is important for you to know that you are NOT alone. Others have walked this path and survived and, with the right support, you can not only survive - you can thrive.
I completed my graduate degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. I chose the program because of its fundamental belief that the spiritual and emotional are deeply tied together and building a healthy, balanced life requires giving attention to all parts of the individual.
Prior to working in this field, I spent six years in finance working both in Investment Banking and in Venture Capital. My undergraduate degree is from Georgetown University, where I graduated Cum Laude.