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Does BRIA have a parenting coach?

Yes! We know how hard being a parent can be and parenting does not come with a “how-to” guide. Parenting challenges can often be overwhelming and lead to anxiety and depression. That’s why BRIA has a Parenting Coach ready to help. She specializes in toddlers’ transitions: accepting a new sibling, starting daycare/ school, toilet-training, and much more. The BRIA Parenting Coach can also help with gentle sleep training for your children.

Can someone at BRIA treat “hormonal” problems?

Many women are sensitive to hormonal changes. This may happen in the days or weeks before your period starts, while using the Pill, when taking fertility medication, and during the menopause transition. Regardless of the time of life or circumstances, women who are hormonally-vulnerable to mood changes, irritability, and anxiety, deeply suffer. A BRIA nurse practitioner and gynecologist can help assess and treat hormonal concerns to help you feel better and function at your best.

How can the BRIA Dietitian help me?

Many women struggle with eating and body image issues. BRIA’s Registered Dietitians take a “non-diet” and “weight inclusive” approach to help women at all life stages develop a plan to address their hormonal fluctuations, healthy movement goals, and eating for nourishment and satisfaction. BRIA’s Registered Dietitians have been chosen because they take a balanced and sensitive approach to women’s health issues. They specialize in offering care to those who may have irregular menstrual cycles, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or gestational diabetes. BRIA’s Dietitians can help address a wide array of eating, hormone, and weight concerns for those trying to conceive, in pregnancy,  postpartum or perimenopause phases.


I can’t sleep! Can someone at BRIA help?

Oh yes! You have come to the right place. Insomnia is one of the most common issues that women struggle with at any life stage. At BRIA we know that insomnia and poor quality sleep can impact your mental health and overall functioning; and that is why BRIA has a sleep consultant who can help.. Our expert sleep consultant can assess your current sleep patterns and support you to develop a more effective way to get a good night’s sleep. Our sleep expert can improve the sleep of both adults–even people going through the menopause transition– as well as babies and toddlers. BRIA also offers groups and educational webinars aimed at improving your sleep.

I’m having trouble breastfeeding. Can BRIA help me?

So many new mothers have trouble breastfeeding and this can create high levels of distress and anxiety.At BRIA, we believe that fed is best. If you choose to breastfeed and need nursing support, the BRIA Lactation Consultant (LC)  has many years of experience helping moms with all aspects of nursing, from establishing breastfeeding to planning the weaning process. She is also an expert in helping women virtually, by observing the way a baby nurses and providing helpful guidance. The BRIA LC is mom-friendly and mental-health friendly, and will support you develop a plan that suits your needs. 

Who are the BRIA therapists?

The BRIA therapists are licensed health care providers– nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists– and are highly trained women’s mental health care practitioners. They have been chosen to join the BRIA team because of their expertise in women’s health, their compassion, and their commitment to helping BRIA patients feel better.

What if I don’t like the therapist I see?

We have a wonderful team of care providers and therapists at BRIA. All of our health care providers are licensed, vetted experts in women’s mental health care. After you do a MINI Assessment and we have clearer knowledge about what you may need, our Care Coordinators will connect you with the right type of therapy and match you with a suitable therapist. One of the key factors to successful therapy is the relationship between a patient and their provider. If you feel that your therapist is not able to meet your needs, please reconnect with one of our  BRIA Care Coordinators and she can discuss changing your plan with you.

What are the designations of the BRIA Care Team?


MD Psychiatrist

Registered Social Worker

Registered Psychotherapist

Occupational Therapist (OT)


Allied Health Specialist

My baby/child won’t sleep! Can BRIA help me?

Sometimes parents  have trouble sleeping because their children are not sleeping well. Whether you prefer a gentle or more assertive approach, the BRIA sleep consultant will listen to your needs and help you learn to regulate babies’ and toddlers’ sleep patterns. This will help your child and will help you get the sleep you need to feel better. 

Does online therapy work as well as in person?

Even though telehealth and virtual therapy only became popular and widely available during the COVID pandemic, they have been around for many years. Medical research has shown that virtual care for mental health issues is as effective as in-person care in many situations, including for the treatment of anxiety and depression, and other mental health concerns. The data show that people who use virtual care feel connected to their online therapists and that they actually get better at the same rates as they would if they saw their therapist in person. For many, the use of virtual care reduces some of the burdens associated with in-person care, such as scheduling time off work or arranging childcare, and the cost and time required for travel. The increased availability of online therapists and telepsychiatry also allow people to connect with expert care providers without the same geographical limitations.

If you are in an acute crisis situation, feeling suicidal, or are unable to keep yourself safe, you will need to seek immediate care. In these circumstances, an in-person assessment in a local hospital Emergency Department is usually necessary. Your BRIA care provider will talk to you about the limitations of online therapy or telepsychiatry for your particular circumstances, as well as when to seek in-person care if online therapy is not suitable.