My Big Question to You for 2019 | | Catherine O’Brien, LMFT

A new year always feels like a fresh start. How do you want your year to go?

This week, Catherine O’Brien LMFT talks about the big question she likes to ask every parenting couple she works with, “What are you going to do for yourself, for your partner, and for baby?” Hear why the ordering of this question is important and how powerful the phrase “Small things often” can be when we step back and look at what we want our year to look like.


Are you a new or experienced parent who is struggling? Go to to learn more about how I help new parents adjust, get an edge on postpartum depression and anxiety, and reconnect with who they are as individuals and in their relationships.

As a mom myself, I know the challenges bringing home a baby can cause in your relationship. I understand what it takes to be on the same page with your partner, the work it takes to nurture your marriage, and the effort needed on a daily basis. I also understand what it’s like to go from being independent and doing what I want when I want, to now having to negotiate and pre-plan schedules to make sure our children’s needs are met. All of which is to say, I know the struggles of balancing being a mother, partner, friend, daughter, and business owner/employee. I can help you find ways to to be less exhausted, I can help you can find tools to improve your communication with your partner, and I can help you enjoy this time as a family.

I have worked in the field of psychology for over 15 years. I have facilitated different classes, including Mine, Yours, Ours: Relationship Survival Guide to Baby’s 1st Year, which I developed after my first child was born. I am a Certified Gottman Educator, qualified to facilitate their Bringing Home Baby program, and have Postpartum Support International’s (PSI) Perinatal Mood Disorders Certification. Along with that I volunteer as the California State co-coordinator for PSI in the Greater Sacramento Area. I also have a background as a credentialed school psychologist working with children and adolescents with learning disorders. This helps me understand the developmental milestones that children need to meet.

The clients I have worked with currently and in the past have faced many issues including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, bereavement, self-injurious behavior, bipolar disorder, trauma, abuse, addiction, anger, self-esteem, parenting issues, and relationship struggles. In my practice, I offer personal, family, and relationship psychotherapy, as well as group therapy and professional development for MFT interns.

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