Rachael Arnold, MSW, LCSW
I am a clinically licensed master’s level social worker providing mental health services in St. Louis. I received my MSW from the University of Missouri - St. Louis in 2015 and have been practicing clinical social work ever since.
I have spent a great deal of my career working with adolescents and their families as they cope and manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, family transitions, identity, and more.
However, after the birth of my oldest child, I realized mental health support for families is very limited, especially after the first 6 weeks a child is born. And even though medically speaking the postpartum period only lasts 6 weeks, I personally believe mothers and families can struggle at any point within the first year (or sometimes longer.)
The more research I did about this population, the more I felt pulled towards my passion: supporting mothers, pregnant persons, and families as they prepare to become parents, and through their journeys of pregnancy, birth, and beyond.
I recently expanded my training to include maternal mental health and perinatal loss/grief. In this role, I work with clients who wish to process becoming a parent, are struggling with infertility, are looking to adopt and/or have a baby through surrogate, are struggling with depression or anxiety during pregnancy, have suffered perinatal loss and/or grief, want to work through a traumatic experience before giving birth (including previous traumatic births and sexual assault,) are struggling with postpartum depression and/or anxiety, and/or who need guidance and support as they transition back to work after parental leave.