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Sandra Rodriguez-Siuts, PhD.

Motherhood Story

My  motherhood story was not one that I had imagined, but many mothers would say the same. In short, I had a difficult pregnancy, a traumatic delivery, and an overwhelming postpartum period. My postpartum story, which I openly share with others, involved struggles with balancing family and work, career concerns, anxious feelings of inadequacy with my work and motherhood, changes in my marriage and friendships, physical/hormonal changes, medical issues after delivery, and sleep deprivation which was impacting my overall functioning. I learned a lot of hard lessons and I always said I would do things very differently if we had another child.

 

I started my career working in university counseling centers and I was confident this was the setting that I would stay in long-term. After giving birth, I questioned my career path for many reasons. My priorities shifted and I struggled with keeping up with my demanding job. My identity and perspective on life had changed and how I wanted to live my life was suddenly different. I anxiously took a leap of faith and changed career paths by pursuing private practice. Once I was in this setting, I quickly learned that working with women was my passion. Women helping women in this world is what I stand by! As I continued to work through understanding my new identity as a mom, businesswoman, and clinician, I realized that my deepest passion was helping other mothers and mothers-to-be begin their process of healing.

 

I believe many mothers would agree that having children changes your whole life. However, I was surprised to learn how rare it was for moms to talk about the challenges of motherhood. I always find it disappointing when mothers feel a pressure to “have it all put together” when in reality no mother does. Even though I was a psychologist when I became a mother, I didn't think to prepare for how to prevent postpartum adjustment issues. My journey to motherhood could have been so different if I had just prepared a little differently. With the clinical knowledge and personal experience that I have in maternal mental health, I feel confident that I can guide women in a healthy direction. I believe that my less-than-ideal start to motherhood has led me to become the type of psychologist who constantly strives to help women feel optimistic and hopeful about their future. I am privileged to work with women who proactively prepare for the postpartum period or work through their motherhood challenges and this work truly makes my heart sing.

postpartum depression therapist in Scottsdale.


About Dr. Sandra Rodriguez-Siuts

Dr. Rodriguez-Siuts is a licensed psychologist in the state of Arizona. She was born and raised in south Texas, but has lived in Georgia, Florida, and now Arizona. Dr. Rodriguez-Siuts has been married for 17 years, has a 10 year-old son, and two Cockapoo dogs. Dr. Rodriguez-Siuts enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, gardening, traveling, and training her dogs, Luna and Diego. Her love for traveling started after she completed a work abroad position in Istanbul, Turkey, which is also where she met her husband.

 

Dr. Rodriguez-Siuts’ has advanced training in maternal mental health. She has completed training with Postpartum Support International (PSI), Postpartum Stress Center, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).

 

Dr. Rodriguez-Siuts is passionate about helping mothers and mothers-to-be address their mental health concerns. In therapy, she works collaboratively with her patients to identify and meet therapeutic goals. She integrates a range of treatment modalities, with a focus on cognitive-behavioral strategies (changing the way you think and cope with stressors), to help women most effectively address their concerns. With compassion and understanding, she works with each woman to build on her strengths and attain the personal growth that she is committed to achieving in therapy.

 

Dr. Rodriguez-Siuts strives to be genuine and authentic in therapy. She personally understands many of the issues that her patients are seeking help for. Dr. Rodriguez-Siuts truly hopes that you find the therapeutic process to be an empowering and enjoyable one!

Education

Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology, Texas Tech University

M.A., Counseling Psychology, Texas Tech University

B.A., Psychology, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas

Our Offices

Our Therapy Dogs

therapy dog for postpartum depression.
Meet Luna

She's a 7 year-old Cockapoo (Cocker-Spaniel and Poodle) and has received a significant amount of training. Luna has completed 4 levels of obedience courses and is a Good Canine Citizen. She has also completed a specialized "Alerting" course where she has been trained to respond to intense emotions. While Luna is so great with adults, small children do make her nervous. As a result of this, we've decided that Luna will be working towards helping bring joy to individuals living in assisted living. Luna's heart is with the elderly. 

 

Luna’s hobbies include: chasing balls, destroying dirty socks, getting belly rubs, and being a lap dog.

therapy dog for depression while pregnant.
Meet Diego

He's a 3 year-old Cockapoo (Cocker-Spaniel and Poodle) and has just started his training to become the office's therapy dog. Diego is very adaptable to all people and is naturally obedient. We can't wait for him to get through all of his required training to become a certified therapy dog!

 

Diego's hobbies include: hoarding squeaky balls, playing with kids, and snuggling with grown-ups. Many people also say that I have great "dance moves" when I'm excited.

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