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Kelly Pierce

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, License # MT1988 Perinatal Mental Health

Kelly Pierce

Hi – I’m Kelly Pierce Pineda and I have been providing therapeutic individual, couple and family services for over 20 years.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and have been licensed in the state of Florida since 2003 and a qualified supervisor since 2008.  I am certified in Perinatal Mental Health and have extensive training and experience in the field of Infant Mental Health, as a provider, trainer, and consultant.

I am a Miami native and grew up enjoying cheerleading and dance so much that I continued to study dance performance in addition to Psychology in college at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.  I returned to the Sunshine State for graduate school at Nova Southeastern University.  

After receiving my license,  I had the opportunity to work in schools, mental health agencies, and substance abuse treatment centers.  Combining two of my passions in life, I began to study Dance/Movement Therapy and LivingDance with Kinections in Rochester, New York. It was in these training experiences and experiential workshops that I came to know and understand about the mind/body connection.  

In 2007, I received advanced level training in Infant Mental Health from the Irving Harris Institute in collaboration with Florida Association for Infant Mental Health (FAIMH) and worked as the first Infant Mental Health Specialist for the pilot “Young Parents Project” (YPP) funded by University of Miami, Linda Ray Center and the Florida State University Center for Prevention and Early Intervention (CPEIP).  I am trained in the Yale University model, Minding the Baby, which was implemented with pregnant and parenting teenagers on probation who were participants in the YPP.

In 2009, I joined the Infant Mental Health Training Cadre with Children Services Council in West Palm Beach.  I have provided training on Early Childhood Social and Emotional Wellness, Reflective Practice, Reflective Supervision and Infant Mental Health.

In 2011, I was trained in the Touchpoints Approach at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center with Dr. B. Terry Brazeloton in Boston, Massachusetts.  Dr. Brazelton, a Pediatrician for over 50 years, was passionate about pediatric medicine but also recognized the importance of  “relationships” in the developmental process.  He maintained that all development happens within the context of relationships.  His approach for “being with” families is the foundation of Infant Mental Health which has become integrated in my work with infants, toddlers and their parents/caregivers.

As a Certified Perinatal Mental Health provider, I work extensively with parents/caregivers, as they are in the process of either preparing for parenthood or have already begun the journey.  

I have a wellness approach that incorporates body, mind and spirit.  I believe that clients are the experts in their lives, as they know themselves better than anyone else.  It is my privilege to provide support and encouragement in collaboration with them as they explore, discover and make choices towards achieving their therapeutic goals.  

“Are you expecting a child or already a parent? Many soon to be/new parents/caregivers wonder, what are the baby blues and how are they different from postpartum depression? What are perinatal mood and anxiety disorders? Do men also suffer with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders? Do you ever wonder if you are doing a good job as a parent/caregiver and/or is your baby/child doing alright? We will most likely parent the way we were parented unless we are aware of the changes we want to make with our children. Do you have questions about what to expect with pregnancy or parenthood? I can help you explore these questions and support your journey.

The journey from pregnancy to birth to parenthood can bring a range of emotions, fears and expectations. I specialize in women’s issues, life transitions, relationship challenges, pregnancy issues and perinatal mental health disorders. I offer a collaborative, therapeutic partnership that utilizes your strengths to address your struggles.

Moms/Caregivers:  Do you feel anxious, worried and/or unable to rest? Are you emotional, crying, agitated and/or feeling rage? Are you having intrusive thoughts? Is this experience not what you were expecting? Are you feeling guilty/ashamed? Not all moms/caregivers feel immediately happy or attached to their babies. You are NOT alone! There is hope and treatment.”

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