Postpartum Support International
Visit the PSI online directory to find qualified perinatal mental health professionals in your area.
Postpartum Support International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping those suffering from perinatal mood disorders, the most common complication of childbirth.
Our Mission is to increase awareness, education, prevention, and treatment of perinatal mental health issues affecting individuals, their families, and support systems in all areas of North Dakota.
Our Vision is that all pregnant and postpartum individuals and their families, including those from underserved communities, will have access to perinatal support, mental health/healthcare providers, education, and resources to improve overall well-being through advocacy, training, and increased awareness of perinatal mental health.
Meet the PSI-ND Board of Directors
Natalie is a mother of two and professional counselor. Natalie’s passion for maternal mental health began with her own perinatal mental health journey and has continued to grow and led to the founding of her private practice which specializes in reproductive mental health.
Lena Khibnik is a licensed mental health professional residing in Fargo, North Dakota. Lena specializes in offering perinatal mental health services that provide invaluable support to families during the transformative journey of parenthood. In 2022, Lena co-founded the PSI-ND Chapter, reflecting her passion for raising awareness about the challenges tied to childbearing. She is committed to advocating for improved access to mental health resources, ensuring that families receive the vital support they deserve throughout their parenthood experience. Lena shares her home with her wonderful family and enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling and exploring world cultures.
A native of the upper midwest, Jen Burgard is a mom to two living children and one who lives solely in her heart. Upon the death of her second child, she set out to fill a gap in accessibility to resources, support and community for others also experiencing trauma. With personal experience of her own and her newly formed network she launched Haven as a service to grieving parents in and around her region. Today, Haven has touched thousands of families with their healing gifts, podcast content, and online grief workshops. Jen believes in access and awareness for maternal mental health and strives to help PSI build this within her community.
Kristin is a strategic, adaptable collaborator with a passion for the wellbeing of children, mothers, and families. She works across the state of ND supporting and advocating for high-quality youth development programs and provides women’s health education through community prenatal classes. Kristin discovered Postpartum Support International after finding herself juggling working and being home with a newborn during the pandemic. She lives with her husband and two toddlers in blessed chaos.
Natasha McDonnell is a North Dakota Licensed Social Worker with 7 years of experience working in the field of social work and mental health. She has worked greatly with women, children, and families in multiple settings such as hospitals, in-home, and in the community. Natasha is currently a graduate student studying in Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Master of Social Work program. While experiencing pregnancy and postpartum first-hand, Natasha developed a passion for helping parents grow a healthy support system and increasing access to mental health services. Natasha’s personal interests include spending time with her spouse, pets, family, and friends. She loves to travel and make new memories with those close to her.
My name is Trishia Powell. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and co-founder of a private mental health practice for women called Becoming Balanced in Fargo ND. I specialize in women’s mental health, and have a certification in perinatal mental health through Postpartum Support International.
My interest and passion for perinatal mental health was sparked by my own experience with postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of my first child. I am passionate about helping other moms as they navigate through the ups and downs of being a mom, and help them to live their best life not only for their children, but also for themselves.
I live in Fargo with my husband Aaron and our 3 wonderful children, Griffin, Peyton, and Oliver. Much of my free time is spent attending my children’s sporting events and other activities. I also enjoy working out, golfing, and just relaxing. I am excited and honored to be a part of PSI-North Dakota Chapter as I see it as such an important resource!
Kathy Schommer is the founder and owner of FargoMom.com, a parenting resource website for parents local to the Fargo-Moorhead area. Her love of marketing and background in helping families as a social worker (MSW) led her to create a place for parents to find helpful resources they need, things to do with their kids, and relatable motherhood content to connect moms online. She is also a Volunteer Support Coordinator for Postpartum Support International for the Eastern ND region.
Kathy became passionate about maternal mental health after her own experience following the birth of her twins. Since then, she has worked to connect moms both online and in-person to navigate the postpartum period and reassure them that they are not alone in the journey.
Kathy has 3 girls, twins born in 2015 and another daughter born in 2018. She lives in West Fargo with her husband and children.
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst out of Fargo ND, Sam works with children with Autism providing ABA therapy services. Sam is a wife and mother; her daughter was born in 2021 in Oregon. During pregnancy and postpartum Sam experienced intense anxiety and depression resulting in several emergency room visits for suicidal ideation. She joined a PSI support group organized by the Oregon Chapter. This support group saved her life and ignited a passion for helping others dealing with perinatal and postpartum mental health. Her goal while working with PSI ND is to establish support groups across the state
PSI relies on members and contributions from the community to promote awareness, prevention, and treatment of maternal mental health issues related to childbearing.
All memberships are tax-deductible.
There are many ways to help and volunteer with PSI, and we would love to have you join us. All are welcome at PSI! Survivors, mental health professionals, doulas, clinicians, and anyone else interested and passionate about raising awareness about perinatal mental health can volunteer through the chapter in order to give back to their local communities.
PSI Chapters are made up of a variety of local advocates and stakeholders who further the mission of PSI on a grassroots level. Chapters work on a wide range of initiatives that they develop based on their communities needs. While some chapters may focus on passing legislation, others may create a robust network of peer support groups, and all chapters provide scholarships for PSI trainings and events.
Contact the Chapter to find out about volunteer opportunities near you. Explore other volunteer opportunities on the PSI website.
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