Specializations

Dr. Charette provides individual, couples  and family therapy and has years of clinical experience treating a range of psychological, relational and behavioral health concerns.

 

  • Life transitions
  • Adjustment to major health/medical changes
  • Adjustment to pregnancy & parenthood (perinatal/postpartum depression/anxiety)
  • Career counseling & coping with job stress
  • Self-exploration and personal growth

  • Building self-esteem

  • Maintaining recovery from substance use

  • Exploring LGBTQ feelings

  • Coping with events in the news and politics

  • Obsessive thoughts that won't seem to go away

  • Coping with divorce proceedings

  • Body-image concerns

Areas that Dr. Charette has helped clients in:

  • Healing from a recent loss or trauma

  • Desire to heal from a trauma in the past or from childhood

  • Grief from loss of a loved one and complicated grief 

  • Anxious feelings that won't go away

  • Self-critical thinking that's interfering with enjoying life

  • Feeling a lack of contentment with how life is going

  • Feeling stuck with important life decisions

  • Recurrent sad thoughts that won't go away

  • Healing from a break-up or betrayal by a partner, family member or friend

  • Difficulties making relationships work

  • Feeling stuck in a relationship 

  • Challenging family dynamics and exploring early life issues

Anxiety & Mood Concerns
Perinatal & Postpartum Mental Health

Dr. Charette has specialized training & experience in working with individuals that have a mood or anxiety disorder. Mood Disorders are concerns such as depression and bipolar disorder. Anxiety disorders are concerns such as general anxiety, OCD, PTSD and panic disorder.

 

Dr. Charette was selected to complete a highly-competitive residency in anxiety disorders & trauma, in which she gained specialized experience in working with patients with general anxiety, OCD, PTSD and panic disorder.

In addition to her private practice experience, she has previously worked within a hospital setting and understands the unique difficulties in coping with psychological concerns, in addition to medical concerns, including chronic and terminal illnesses.

 

In addition to individual work, Dr. Charette provides therapy for couples and families.  

She is certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy, a cognitive behavioral therapy treatment for PTSD.

The term "perinatal" is the time-frame from conception through the first year after giving birth. Although the term, "postpartum depression" is most commonly used, there are actually a spectrum of disorders that can affect women during pregnancy and postpartum:

  • Depression/Anxiety in pregnancy or following birth

  • Perinatal Panic Disorder

  • Perinatal Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Perinatal Bipolar Disorder

  • Postpartum Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

 

Research shows that these concerns can appear during pregnancy and/or in the days or months after childbirth. Dr. Charette has experience in working with women at all points in their pregnancy &/or postpartum; as well as with women on bed rest. Screening and early therapeutic intervention can protect the well-being of the mother, baby and the entire family.

The Baby Blues refers to feelings that may arise after having a baby such as feeling irritable, worried, feeling happy one moment and then crying the next, fatigue and forgetfulness. The experience of postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety feels more intense and lasts longer than the feelings of Baby Blues.

Dr. Charette has prior experience of working within a Women’s Primary Care Clinic in a hospital setting. Dr. Charette will collaborate on your care with your OBGYN, midwife and/or psychiatrist, as needed. 

 

Dr. Charette is certified by Postpartum Support International (PSI) in Perinatal Mental Health, which is the highest level of certification for a therapist in this field of work. She is also a Coordinator for PSI for Palm Beach and Broward Counties and is familiar with a range of services for women within these counties. For more information on PSI please click the link to the below:

The Journey to Parenthood: 

 

Wanting to have a child can be one of the most intense desires that a person experiences. Individuals who want to have a child but are experiencing difficulties becoming pregnant and coping with the process of infertility treatments may feel alone, frustrated, ashamed or experience symptoms of depression or anxiety. When faced with a significant stressor, therapy may be a helpful outlet to help cope with these feelings and reduce stress.

Dr. Charette creates an environment where clients feel safe and empowered to cope with the uncertainty and challenges that can come with the journey of getting pregnant and carrying a child. Additional concerns related to starting a family and the journey of pregnancy, such as miscarriage and OBGYN-procedures are part of her treatment experience. She will help you cope with this difficult time and learn healthy, stress-reducing techniques.

© 2017 by KC Charette. 

Tel: (561) 617-3323

Dr. KC Charette

Licensed Psychologist

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