DR. KIRA BARTLETT, PsyD
Kira teaches Prana's Taking Care of Mama After Baby Arrives workshop.
I am a born and bred New Yorker! I was raised in Queens with my parents who were NYC school teachers and a younger brother. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents helping out my grandfather manage and share his amazing musical talent as the conductor of an orchestra devoted to providing residents with free classical music.
My education and training...
I love my work as a psychologist for two main reasons. First, it allows me to connect with and help others in a meaningful, rich way. Second, my work is ever changing and demands that I continually learn and grow. My undergraduate work in psychology at NYU led me to pursue a doctorate of psychology at Yeshiva University in the Bronx, NY. It was my own experience of becoming a mom that was my most meaningful teacher, and I went on to attend trainings and certifications in Parent Infant work, Perinatal Mood Disorders and Infertility.
After the very challenging birth of my eldest son 17 years ago, I experienced a significant episode of Postpartum Depression. This experience has changed me on many levels, but most especially shifted the trajectory of my work. I now specialize in working as a Reproductive Psychologist. I went on to have two more boys (and much better postpartum experiences) and learned so much from working with a labor doula for those births. These experiences shape the way I now work with my clients.
I love being a psychologist because...
I consider myself extraordinarily lucky that I have privilege to dive into the rich, complex narratives of peoples’ lives. With each new client that walks through my door, I find myself immersed in helping clients learn, reflect and make choices that ultimately allow them to create the peace and happiness in their lives that they yearn for.
My work style...
In addition to my Perinatal training, I am also certified in Positive Psychology and am a Certified Meditation Teacher, both of which are useful for working with so many of my clients.
I welcome each client, whether in my office or in the clients’ home, with warmth, respect, and openness. I have found that sometimes for Postpartum women, a home visit can be a useful chance to maintain the therapeutic relationship even when it might be tough for mom to make it anywhere on time in those first few hectic months!
When I am not practicing, I am…
I am an active, outdoor person! When I’m not sitting in my shrink chair, you will find me skiing in the winter, or running or outdoor cycling in the summer. I love yoga and having adventures with my three sons, like trapezing, hiking, and playing tennis.