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Emma Santizo | The Balanced Mom Magazine

Emma Santizo

Transitions In Motherhood



About Me

I am psychotherapist who has a private practice with my partner Tara Farajian called Transitions in Motherhood.  I worked for a long time as a psychotherapist for non-profit sector and after having my first child and having gone through perinatal depression and anxiety, I realize there were very little services in the community that worked with this population.  After getting treated I decided I would focus my private practice on helping other mothers-to-be and first-time mother, and mothers in general get through the many transitions motherhood can bring.   This is so important to me because having gone through perinatal depression and anxiety I know how isolating it can be and the shame and guilt that accompanies the isolation. Many women are suffering in silence and they don’tknow there is help out there.  Women need to know they are not the only one going through this and that it is actually more common than they think.  Most importantly, they need to know it is temporary and treatable.  The women who come to see me find comfort knowing I truly understand what they are going through and feel hope knowing they too can get better.
Emma Santizo featured in The Balanced Mom Magazine

What inspired you to get to where you are now?

As I mentioned previously, I truly believe and feel my own experience during pregnancy and after directed me to my next chapter of my career, which is helping women who are suffering from depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy. This powerful experience really brought me to my knees and took me to a dark place I don’t wish on anyone. But this same experience has also opened my eyes and brought a whole new level of empathy that has helped me in my practice. My colleague and I continue to work in spreading awareness in our community and letting everyone know what we are doing in hopes they can spread the word that these services exist.

What is your favorite book and why?

One of my favorite books to read and that I still refer back too is called Becoming the Parent You Want to Be” by Laura Davis and Janis Keyser. It is one of my favorite books because it covers many topics from crying, tantrums, fear, separation, and parenting with a partner.

What is your favorite way to stay balanced?

One of my favorite ways to stay balance is by taking a long bath at least two times a week. I have relaxing music playing in the background and maybe light a candle. I look forward to treating myself and I don’t feel guilty because I know if I take care of myself it will make me a better mother and wife; and we all know if mother is not happy no one is happy.

What is your favorite vacation destination?

Some of my favorite vacation destinations are Yosemite and Yellowstone Park. Both parks bring serenity in my life. I feel at peace in these parks. It does not cost much money to get to these parks and you can camp with others and just have a great time observing nature at its best.

Contact me at

Transitions In Motherhood – Signal Hill, CA
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