Maya Plant, LCAT

Maya Plant, LCAT I am a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. I offer trauma informed therapy with a person-centered, humanistic approach.

I have experience serving adults, adolescents, and children navigating relational issues (child-parent, interpersonal, etc), parenthood, perinatal mental health, stress management, anger management, trauma processing, grief/loss, & more. I am here to meet you where you are in your journey; having open conversations surrounding your personal goals, hopes for therapy, & readiness. You may choose to

engage primarily in talk therapy (conversational processing), art therapy, or both. Your experiences & journey are as unique as you are. You deserve a space where you feel safe, seen, & heard.

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05/07/2023

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On this Bereaved Mother's Day, if you are hold your child in your heart instead of in your arms, we see you. We support you, we love you, and we're here for you, today and every day 💙

You are not alone. If you need someone to talk to today:
🔷 Call or text the Postpartum Support International HelpLine at 800-944-4773. You never need a diagnosis to ask for help.
🔷 Call or text the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline at 1-833-943-5746
🔷 In a crisis situation, call or text the National Su***de & Crisis Lifeline at 988.
🔷 Visit postpartum.net for additional programs and resources.

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05/06/2023

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"One day, my husband and I want to have another baby. I know that might come as a shock, but now I’m truly as prepared as I can be. We know what to look out for and what additional support we’ll need to have in place. The condition isn’t preventable, but there are measures that can keep families safer—measures that should be in place for and accessible to all mothers, all the time. Proper perinatal care should not be a privilege, and I hope one day it becomes a priority as postpartum mental health becomes more understood, both by the medical and legal systems in this country. If not, vulnerable new mothers will remain at risk" shares Ayana Lage in an article with Cosmopolitan.

Today is Postpartum Psychosis Awareness Day and stories like these make room for conversations about PPP. Read the full article here https://bit.ly/41Qj1Zu

If you need additional assistance and help: Join us on Mondays at 4:30 PM PT/ 7:30 PM ET for our Postpartum Psychosis Support for Moms group.

05/06/2023

“A year ago today I was taken to Christchurch Hospital and diagnosed with manic postpartum psychosis, I was sectioned under the mental health act for 3 weeks, separated from Freya for 8 days and then we both spent a further 10 days at Mothers and Babies. Where the amazing nurses were incredibly helpful at transitioning us back home. It’s one of those things that you never expect to happen or you plan for, I had herd about postpartum psychosis but never in a million years thought it would every happen to me. It’s something that I have spoken quite openly about but never shared on social media and have found it really hard to be my self authentically without giving the whole story. —

“Our journey started with over 48hrs of labour, birthing under covid level 3 where there was no support people around, slightly traumatic birth followed by a very serious sepsis almost ending up in ICU. My psychosis started a week after being discharged from hospital, I sent over 150 texts (with none of which I really remember doing) to my midwife in the space of 1 1/2hrs and very few of which made sense. Form there things began to escalate and my memory deteriorated but I do remember living my whole life in forward and reverse a numbers of times, it began to really speed up and in my head the house was burning down. By the evening I was in an ambulance to Christchurch hospital.”

“To say the past year has been easy would be a lie, having to rebounding with Freya, all the struggles that come with motherhood and learning about how to look after my mental wellness all while raising a small dependant human. I had to make some pretty hard decisions at the start like putting my new business on hold and stepping down from my role as the Regional Leader Representative to the Dairy Women’s Network Trust Board all of which I knew I needed to do to focus on getting my self well again, but it didn’t make it any easier. It has definitely been long road with many changes along the way and one I wouldn’t change. I believe that things happen for a reason and what we go through we grow through and that shapes who we are today.”

04/30/2023

The balance of fierce and tender self-compassion, created by the amazing Johnine Byrne from See Your Words 🙏🏽

The image visually tells the story of the need to balance tender acceptance with fierce action in order to alleviate our suffering. When we do this, we have the sense of wholeness that spurs inner healing and outer change. 🦋


04/30/2023

You are welcome to join us on May 8th at 2 pm! As one of the Regional Support Centers for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, along with Westchester Institute For Human Development and Rose F. Kennedy Children's Center - RFK CERC, we will co-host a webinar on Transitions: from Early Intervention to Preschool and School Age. ASL and Spanish interpretation will be provided.
Register here: https://tinyurl.com/Transitions-EI-School-Age2023

04/30/2023
04/30/2023

This illustration from 📚 GOOD MOMS HAVE SCARY THOUGHTS is one of the first two that went viral before becoming part of the book. Moms from around the globe felt heard and related to the struggle.

"This is the best time of your life"

We've all heard it. we've all felt pressured by it. we've all wondered if we are the only ones who feel this way.

You are not alone.
You will not always feel this way.

Familius Molly McIntyre

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04/12/2023

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From The Therapist Parent
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03/24/2023
03/24/2023

Join us every Friday (Time Varies) for our online Dads Support Group!

Our online groups are here to help you connect with other dads who have newborns up to toddlers. Our groups allow you to talk and listen to other dads as they process their experiences. Whether you are going through stress, feeling overwhelmed as you adjust to parenting, or trying to figure out how best to support your partner, our groups are here for you.You will learn about helpful tools/resources and realize you are not alone.

Learn more and register at http://bit.ly/FindSupportGroup! 💙

03/24/2023

We are now offering this group via Zoom as well as in person. If you are interested, please make sure you sign up by emailing us or via our website!

03/06/2023

Many new parents often wonder "Is this baby blues or postpartum depression?"

The big differences between baby blues and postpartum depression is that the baby blues will usually dissipate by 2 weeks post-delivery without treatment, and are experienced by up to 80% of new parents.

Postpartum depression, on the other hand, has more severe symptoms, lasts longer than two weeks (even years without treatment) and affects approximately 15% of new parents. PPD, along with the other perinatal mental health disorders, is temporary and treatable, and with help, you can be well.

If you think you are experiencing a perinatal mental health disorder or just don't feel like yourself and need support:
🔷 Call or text the Postpartum Support International HelpLine at 800-944-4773. You never need a diagnosis to ask for help.
🔷 Call or text the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline at 1-833-943-5746
🔷 In a crisis situation, call or text the National Su***de & Crisis Lifeline at 988.
🔷 Visit postpartum.net for additional programs and resources.

03/06/2023

💛 credit: .e.l.e.n.m.a.r.i.e

03/06/2023

Responsive Parenting Inspirations 💕

If you apologize to your child today, make no mistake, you are changing the world. Every time we treat children as worthy of respect and compassion it has a ripple effect, as they become more likely to treat others the same.

♡ If you would like to be kept in the loop on everything Synergetic Play Therapy or get resources to support you on your therapist journey, submit your details here: https://linktr.ee/synergeticplaytherapy

03/04/2023

Newly postpartum women are suffering in silence, but they don't have to be. Category : Life

03/04/2023
03/03/2023

NEW Support Group launching March 22: Birth Trauma Support for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Birthers
Meets: 4th Wednesdays at 7:30PM (EST)/4:30PM (PST)

Led by trained peer facilitators, this group is for any Black, Indigenous, Person of Color (BIPOC) who has experienced trauma (mental and/or physical) during childbirth. Did you feel unsupported during childbirth? Did you feel unheard or felt a loss of control? Have you been grieving your birth experience? You deserve support. Birth trauma is based on your perception of the experience, and no formal diagnosis is needed to join this group. Some common symptoms, but not all, that can occur after birth trauma are upsetting memories, avoiding talking about the event, and having negative thoughts/feelings about the event. BIPOC birthers can also experience trauma related to racism, discrimination, oppression, and specific cultural views and beliefs. This group is a place to discuss these experiences with other BIPOC birthers and facilitators. You can be at any point post-delivery, from 1-week to many years. This group is specifically focused on birth trauma and connecting with others, so you can know that you are not alone, and you are not to blame. While your story has so much value, in this space we will not explore birth story details as they could be triggering to others. We encourage you to reach out to a licensed healthcare provider to process your birth story. In this group, we will discuss the effects of trauma, our emotions, and coping skills.

This group is not for:
Partners or non-birthing parents
Those who experienced a pregnancy or infant loss (please join one of our loss groups for support)

Learn more at http://bit.ly/FindSupportGroup or at the link in our bio 💙

03/03/2023

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03/03/2023

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source: sweatpantsandcoffee.com

03/03/2023

We are so excited to announce our NEW Postpartum Planning Class, meeting on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month! 🎉

Is your family growing, and you're interested in learning how to prepare for the postpartum period? Join us for a 2-hour Postpartum Planning class for 2nd & 3rd trimester expecting parents. We welcome moms, birthing people, non-gestational parents, partners, couples, and single parents. Unlike most birth and postpartum classes, the intended focus is on the parents' emotional well-being during the postpartum period. The class will include education, discussion, a review of a postpartum plan, and resources. The main topics covered will be postpartum physical recovery, partner support, self-care, support networks, lactation and emotional well-being, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

This class is a one-time free resource, so please only register once. We anticipate many families signing up to join the class, so we appreciate you canceling your registration at least 24 hours in advance if you cannot attend. This allows waitlist attendees a seat in the class. We thank you and hope you leave the class feeling more confident and knowledgeable about the postpartum period. You are not alone, and we are here to help.

Register at https://bit.ly/Postpartum2023! 💙

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03/03/2023

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Looking for a new group for your teen (ages 15-18)? Check out this awesome Social Emotional skills group that will be taking place in our office space!

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03/01/2023

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My son and I were walking in our neighbourhood last summer when a father and little boy walked past us. The little boy was crying. The father said to the little boy, “Stop crying or your mother is going to hear about this when we get home.”
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I said nothing to my son and we kept walking.

Moments later my six-year-old said, “Why did that Dad tell the boy to stop crying? You can’t just stop crying when there’s a reason. You have to get the tears out. Why did that Dad even want him to stop crying?”

Our kids are wise. And when we parent through a relationship that is unafraid of tears and feelings of any kind, our kids don’t become scared either. They see them as normal. Sad, angry and frustrated are just as valid and necessary as their “positive” counterparts.

Just as the waves are not the ocean, our children are not their emotions. Their emotions pass and we need to learn to ride the waves, rather than try to bend reality. Many of us were raised to stuff “negative” emotions deep down where they couldn’t be seen. And so we repeat it, without a conscious thought.

Or we try to fix it by distracting our kids to make the hurt go away because it feels painful for us to see our kids in pain. But more often than not, what I’ve found is that when I allow my son to feel disappointment or sadness and walk through it with him, he bounces back far quicker than I expected.

We allow our kids to become resilient when we make space for their emotions. When we’re brave enough to sit with a crying child, whether in our living rooms or on the sidewalk, we validate their feelings.

They learn that we have their backs, that they’re not alone with their emotions and when we hold them up to the light together, rather than make them hide alone in dark places, they’re not so scary after all.



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🌻Peaceful parenting resources: http://t.co/T8goym3P6Z 🌻
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Fighting a rare, incurable cancer, but I'm still here!💞 L.R.

03/01/2023

Via GoZen: Anxiety Relief for Children

03/01/2023

There are many benefits of art therapy! A question we often get is "will the provider only sit and watch me create art"? While you may or may not be working on a creative project, no- the provider will not only sit and watch you create!

03/01/2023

Register for this complimentary Perinatal Mental Health 101 webinar hosted by and presented by . During the webinar, you will learn about the various Disorders, their differences, risk factors, and treatment options. Those who register will receive a link to the recording.

✨Register at https://www.2020mom.org/free-intro-to-mmh

Narcissist Abuse Support Group at  Halligan Creative Arts Therapy, PLLC
03/01/2023

Narcissist Abuse Support Group at Halligan Creative Arts Therapy, PLLC

Navigating complex grief after a miscarriage and how to be a support
03/01/2023

Navigating complex grief after a miscarriage and how to be a support

Advice for handling a loss—whether it's yours or you’re the support system.

Feelings are like waves.They can feel big, be difficult to ride, AND they do not last forever. The more we push our feel...
03/01/2023

Feelings are like waves.They can feel big, be difficult to ride, AND they do not last forever. The more we push our feelings down in efforts to hide them, the longer they sit there, consume our energy, and we risk them turning into something else.

Vulnerability is brave. Feeling authentically is brave. To be you as your true self is brave. Learning ways to express and honor all of your feelings is brave.

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Image: The children's book character, LC, who is lost whilst out shopping with family. LC is sitting on a bench, with a mouse.

“I wanted to cry so I did.
I was brave and sad.”

The original, printed words read: “I wanted to cry but I didn’t. I was brave instead.”

The parent of the child who owns this book has crossed out the words "but I didn't" in the first sentence, and written, "so I did!"; and crossed out "instead" in the second sentence, and written, "and sad". as part of teaching their children emotional intelligence.

Credit: Sheena Hill M.S.

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