Leah Fode is a mother of three incredible girls. She suffered from PMAD’s after each one and understands the struggle to find help and how hard the road to recovery can be. It’s why she is so passionate about the mission of PSI and now of PSI Arkansas. She is a college student working towards becoming a therapist. For the past two years, Leah has volunteered with PSI as a support coordinator.
Stephanie Johnston is an LCSW psychotherapist specializing in Women’s Health. She runs her private practice, The Studio, in Little Rock and offers a full Dialectical Behavior Therapy program as well as teletherapy options and support groups for new moms. With her background in the arts she is passionate about using creative expression to process difficult birth experiences in her Trauma Mama support group and uses art to help the grieving process for moms who have experienced loss in her Love & Loss group. She is pursuing certification in Perinatal Mental Health and is a founding board member of the Postpartum Support International nonprofit branch in Arkansas. She has two daughters and had extended NICU stays with them both and experienced Postpartum OCD herself. She is an advocate for increasing awareness and treatment of Periatal issues while providing support and healing for new moms.
Shona Ray-Griffith, M.D. is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in pregnant and postpartum neuropsychiatric illnesses as well as addiction medicine. She is the co-director of the Women’s Mental Health Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and focuses on assessment and management of psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Heather Shy earned her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She completed over 70 credit hours of graduate work from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology and 3,000 hours of supervised clinical work to become an LPC. As a result of her undergraduate work toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, she was selected as a Marie Wilson Howells Scholar for achievement of study and research in psychology and received the W.J. Richards Memorial Award in recognition of potential to become an outstanding teacher of psychology.
Since 2012, Heather has been helping individuals and their families overcome a variety of behavioral and mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, grief, trauma, life adjustment, and anger, utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy and play therapy techniques. She has received graduate training and post-graduate experience in the area of psychological testing, has received additional post-graduate training in psychodynamics and depth psychology, has completed Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training through Postpartum Support International and the 2020 Mom Project, and is involved in national and local efforts to increase awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Heather enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and their families seeking to overcome life’s struggles. Her work also includes a specific focus on psychotherapy for women and maternal mental health. Heather’s approach is collaborative and supportive and she utilizes mindfulness, depth psychology, and cognitive behavioral techniques. She seeks to create a safe atmosphere for self-exploration, self-discovery, increasing awareness, and the development of other necessary skills for managing life’s stressors, which leads to an increased sense of balance, freedom, energy, and overall fulfillment.
Alexis Sanghera is an LCSW and Registered Play Therapist. She has completed Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training through Postpartum Support International and the 2020 Mom Project and is a founding board member for the Arkansas branch of PSI. She currently works as a Case Manager for New Directions Behavioral Health. Alexis experienced Postpartum Anxiety and is passionate about raising awareness and connecting all parents to resources. She is the mom to two beautiful babies, Zoe (4), and Oliver (1).
Julie Scott, LCSW provides psychotherapy and support services for women in Fort Smith and its’ surrounding communities. She is a team member of the program Catherine’s Light, which provides mental health treatment and social issues support at Mercy Hospital Fort Smith OB/GYN clinic and Labor/Delivery. Services provided by Julie at Mercy include assessment/evaluation during pregnancy and postpartum, short term psychotherapy services, education and support with community resources, support groups, and crisis intervention. Her current support groups are the NICU Parent Chat that occurs every Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm at the Ronald McDonald House in Mercy Fort Smith and the Grief Recovery Group that takes place every other Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm at Mercy OB/GYN clinic. Julie has over 15 years of experience providing support and treatment for individuals affected by social and mental health issues. She has earned the Maternal Mental Health certificate with PSI, and continues to work towards becoming certified in Maternal Mental Health with PSI. Julie is the very proud mom of three boys-Logan (11), Drew (8), and Levi (5), and is passionate about women’s mental health after experiencing Postpartum Depression after two of her pregnancies. She is focused on reducing the social stigma and fear that surrounds mental health issues, and is an advocate for addressing/treating women’s mental health during the postpartum period.