Solution-focused. Action-oriented. Research-informed.
Holly Kennedy, LPC, PMH-C
Holly holds a Master's degree in Counseling from Boston College, and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 2004. She is currently pursuing a certification in Perinatal Mental Health from Postpartum Support International. Holly has also completed related trainings through Maternal Mental Health Now, Postpartum Support of Virginia, and The Gottman Institute for couples counseling. Holly has worked in a variety of roles throughout her career including child and family therapy, career counseling, as well as workshop facilitation and short-term, solution-oriented counseling as an employee assistance program coordinator. Holly's journey through her own struggle with Postpartum Anxiety and Depression led her to combine her professional background with her passion for supporting moms. She feels so grateful to have the opportunity to create Mother Tree Wellness Group and continue to advocate for maternal wellbeing. In addition to this passion project, Holly stays active keeping up with her two boys (ages 5 and 7).
Ellen Jones, NCC, PMH-C
Ellen holds a Master’s degree in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia, and a certification in Perinatal Mental Health from Postpartum Support International. She has worked in the mental health field providing support for children and families since 2004. After becoming a mother and experiencing undiagnosed Postpartum Anxiety in 2012, Ellen shifted her focus to maternal wellness and has received extensive training in the field of Perinatal Mental Health. Along with her work developing the Mother Tree Wellness Group, Ellen enjoys offering pro-bono counseling and postpartum support group facilitation around Charlottesville, VA. Ellen has two children (ages 6 and 7), two big dogs, and one supportive husband with whom she runs their wild circus.
At Mother Tree Wellness Group, we know that a lack of information and connection to others are the most powerful factors in our control that can help or hinder our motherhood experience. We know it because of our extensive training in perinatal mental health, and we know it because we experienced it firsthand. Our vision is to inform moms, empower them, and connect them, so that they can recognize the tools they have to take control of their own motherhood stories and support each other along the way.
We want to re-envision the way our society looks at motherhood: Though motherhood can include moments of joy, gratitude, and bliss, it also includes moments of panic, isolation, and sadness. Both ends of the spectrum are normal, and both can be felt in the same moment. Every mom can benefit from support, and every mom has experience and insights that can serve to support other moms, as well.
We strive to incorporate our training in mental health counseling, our personal experience in motherhood, and our passion for moving the needle forward on maternal wellness into our work. We donate a portion of our proceeds to nonprofit organizations that promote maternal wellness, and we volunteer a portion of our time to local postpartum efforts, both in direct service and in advocacy.
We envision a society that lifts up mothers, understands the massive changes that they undergo in motherhood, and rallies around them, and we utilize our platform to contribute to that vision through direct service, volunteer work, and advocacy.
Pro Bono & Advocacy
Mother Tree Wellness was founded from a passion for supporting moms in our community and beyond, and for promoting maternal wellness for all. Pro bono and advocacy work are at the core of our vision, and we welcome the opportunity to partner with nonprofit organizations that serve moms.
If your nonprofit is interested in maternal wellness training for your staff, a workshop for your clients, or other pro bono support from MTW, we'd love to hear from you.
We are honored to have had the opportunity to partner with so many inspiring people, organizations, and champions of moms and maternal wellness. Here are some of the organizations we've partnered with recently. Click on the links to learn more about their great work:
Offered support group facilitation, individual therapy, and in-service training for clinicians.
Co-facilitation of PSVa postpartum support groups along with other community partners.
Charlottesville Maternal Mental Health Coalition
The Junior League of Charlottesville
Workshop for moms of newborns, hosted by Sleep & Wellness Coach
A Conversation about Postpartum Mental Health
Anxiety and Quick Tips for Coping
Presented to Cognizant. Virtual webinar with almost 200 live attendees.
Connecting in a Time of Distancing
8-week webinar series focused on maintaining wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presented virtually to the public. Over 150 total attendees.
Therapy Interventions for Perinatal Clients
Training presented to therapists at the Women's Initiative, Charlottesville, VA.
Wellness Workshop Series
6-week workshop series presented in-person to One Fit Mother members.