Welcome to episode forty-nine of the Honest Mamas Podcast. Today, Melissa speaks to Jessica Slatus about the fourth trimester.
Jessica Slatus is a licensed clinical social worker and has been working with adults, adolescents, children, and families for over ten years. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at New York University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies from Vassar College. Jessica is also trained in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and is a Certified AEDP Therapist and Supervisor.
In addition to her general practice, Jessica specializes in working with individuals struggling with eating, exercise, and body image problems. She was trained at the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia in New York City, where she also worked as a staff therapist. While her approach is primarily experiential and emotion-focused, Jessica incorporates elements of behavioral therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, into her work as needed.
What you’ll hear in this episode
- What is the fourth trimester?
- Jessica’s personal experience of the fourth trimester
- The need for a wise elder through this process
- Why it’s important to undo aloneness
- How most people find it difficult to communicate effectively with their partners about what they need
- Practical tools and tips to help new moms deal with the fourth trimester
- The need and benefit to tell your story with other moms to help each other through the fourth trimester