• About Xenia Hatzilias

    Hi there! My name is Xenia and I am a Therapist that specializes in Family Counseling and Maternal Mental Health. I love working with families and children dealing with behavioral issues, especially those families that are goal oriented and are willing to work on the family as a whole. I do not subscribe to the thought that ‘the child is the problem,’ and enjoy working with families that are willing to do the work with each other to improve relationships. This work can be so challenging in the beginning, which is why it is so important to have a strong support. In turn, this work can bring families so close together and truly build amazing relationships!

    I am also a huge advocate for Maternal Mental Health. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but it seems like everyone is pregnant or having a baby these days! This can be hard for Moms and women who have had difficulty conceiving. In turn, motherhood can be an extremely difficult time in a woman’s life as well. Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Postpartum Depression, and Perinatal Grief- or even just the transition to motherhood (also known as matrescense!) are all topics I have had training in and am extremely passionate about.

    Please feel free to reach out with any questions, or schedule a free consultation so we can find out if we are the right fit for each other and get started!

    Maternal Mental Health

    Why is it that the most rewarding times in our lives are often the most difficult? Perhaps we learn from them the most because of all the effort it takes to overcome a hardship. Whatever that looks like. It’s not often that many people consider pregnancy or motherhood a hardship. Many people consider infertility or having a difficult time getting pregnant as the biggest issue. Of course this is extremely painful, but we forget, at times, about the women entering in to motherhood. Maybe you don’t have the symptoms for postpartum depression or anxiety, maybe you aren’t struggling every minute of every day. Does that mean your mental health and well being should be overlooked because you can’t be diagnosed? Becoming a mom is it’s own battle. You can be overcome with joy and gratefulness and be completely exhausted and tearful at the very same time. It seems like you just had all of this freedom- you could leave the house for a bite to eat with your friends or to pick up something from the store whenever you wanted. It seems so simple, you know everything is going to change for those 9 months leading up to it and yet you truly have no idea how much everything changes until it does just that.

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    Family Therapy

    As if being a parent wasn’t hard enough, now you are faced with being a fourth grade teacher, a P.E. coach, and have a full time job- all at the same time AND all in the same space with the rest of the family. These times are extremely challenging for families in general, however, the parents of kids with behavioral issues are often overlooked. There is some (not enough by any means!) support for behavior issues in the classroom, however, now that the ‘classroom’ has been moved or adjusted to complete or partial online learning, families aren’t getting that extra support that is needed. No one is cut out to handle ALL of these roles and to have to adjust from being a teacher to your child all day and then shift to parent for the bedtime routine is exhausting. It can have a huge impact on your relationship with your kids as well as your spouse. It’s so important to put your mental health first in these situations and take care of yourself in order to take better care of each other.

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