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Gwen Paulson, LCSW

Gwen Paulson, LCSW

Being a parent can be challenging. Navigating where you are in your journey of parenthood can be confusing, overwhelming, isolating, and bring up other intense and difficult feelings. You’re not alone. No one deserves to feel this way.

My goal is to support you to feel empowered in your parenthood journey. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Birth Worker, I’ve integrated my training and experience as a Birth Doula with my clinical focus of trauma recovery and perinatal mental health in my approach to supporting women and families during the family planning time. I’m an advocate for women’s health and full spectrum birth supporter. As a Birth Doula I am well trained in the medical decisions involved during pregnancy and birth and I’m familiar with various models of care.

Birth doesn’t always go as planned and may include experiences that are traumatic. I’ve worked with many women during pregnancy and postpartum to heal from birth trauma. If your past experiences – birth or otherwise – are impacting your feelings about this pregnancy or birth, this is a good time to get support.

My clinical approach incorporates narrative therapy, trauma focused-CBT, mindfulness, and somatic awareness. Together we’ll make a plan that works for you to meet your goals during this important time for yourself and your family.

I’m so glad you are taking this time to consider yourself and your needs. As parents and as women we’re often told that prioritizing our needs is ‘selfish.’ Caring for yourself is essential to being the parent you want to be. Now more than ever it’s important to prioritize you.


Hours: Tuesday and Thursday evenings

Office: Due to state licensing requirements, Gwen provides counseling services via online telehealth to residents of Virginia only.

Investment:  Gwen is in-network with:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield CareFirst
  • Cigna
  • United Healthcare/Optum

She is currently in the process of completing the credentialing process with the following insurance companies:

  • Aetna
  • Tricare

​Credentials: Virginia #: 0904011160

(703) 772-5097

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