Licensed Peer Supporter
Hello! I'm Crystal, and I want you to know that we are in this together. Help is out there and there are still people in this world who care. When you feel like you have no one in your corner, I will be here for you. Because I have been there and I know how it is. Let's talk about it!
I am a wife, mother, nurse, and educator based in South Florida. I have been practicing as a Pediatric/Maternal Newborn Registered Nurse since 2016. I was also a 2nd grade teacher in addition to providing academic tutoring to elementary school students in Gainesville, FL. I hold a B.S in Nursing from the University of Miami and an M.Ed in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. I am currently pursuing a M.S in Nursing at Florida A&M University to become a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. My interests include all things pediatrics, preeclampsia awareness & research, maternal mental health, menstrual health & hygiene, and raising awareness about birth trauma and postpartum complications. I am passionate about health disparities affecting Black women and children and promoting health literacy and self-advocacy.
My Recovery StoryTrying to be supermom and advance in my career while having to maintain personal relationships and make time for self care was extremely overwhelming. I was so lost. I felt like I was only living for my kids. I had no purpose or identity outside of being a mother and I was stuck in a fog of anxiety and depression that seemed endless. Then I woke up. I got help and I got better! I used my lived experiences, my pain to my advantage. I turned everything that was meant to break me into an opportunity to elevate. For every door that slammed in my face, a window was opened.
My Motivation To HelpI am a mother of three living children and I am currently pregnant with a fourth. I have also suffered from two miscarriages. I have overcome birth trauma and perinatal anxiety and depression in addition to being diagnosed with GAD in 2019. I have taken trainings from Postpartum Support International related to Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Advanced Psychotherapy and I am in the process of becoming certified in perinatal mental health. I want to use my lived experiences to connect with you. I found my voice after suffering in silence for years and want to help you find yours!
Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders
Perinatal depression is the most underdiagnosed and undertreated obstetric complication in America. 1 in 5-7 women and 1 in 10 men will develop a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder (anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, psychosis), usually within the first three months postpartum. This group is for anyone struggling with their mental health during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. You don't have to suffer in silence anymore. Let's talk about it.