Alise is a doctor of clinical psychology and works as a licensed psychologist where she specializes in reproductive and perinatal mental health. She is co-founder of a group private practice in the Twin Cities, MN serving individuals and families, many of whom are impacted by infertility, pregnancy and infant loss, birth trauma, and perinatal anxiety, depression, trauma, and related maternal mental health concerns (Vayda Mental Health Collaborative PLLC www.vaydamentalhealth.com). Alise’s work in reproductive psychology is a way in which she blends her professional expertise and makes meaning of her personal reproductive journey. For her, the journey has included many years of infertility and treatments (medicated cycles, IUIs, IVF, etc.), early pregnancy losses, birth trauma, and postpartum anxiety. Alise is a professional member of the Association for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the National Infertility Association (Resolve). She also serves on the board of directors for Postpartum Support International-MN Chapter (PPSM). As a psychologist, Alise provides individual and family therapy to those impacted by reproductive mental health challenges and uses her skills as a trauma-informed provider to support her patients as they navigate towards healing. She also integrates her unique expertise in psychological evaluation/testing and specialties in infant/child development, parenting and attachment, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)/+ related neurodivergence. She also serves as a systemic advocate for her clients as she collaborates with other providers (e.g., OB/GYN, RE, PCPs, Midwifery, Doulas, etc.) to provide comprehensive mental health care. She is a fierce feminist, ally for LGBTQ+, and works to be anti-racist in the facets of her professional and personal life. In her spare time she enjoys the fought-for and sacred moments with her two sons + spouse + dog (Brutus). She works to set the intention to be present, playful, and authentic in the world. She enjoys true crime documentaries, coffee, being outdoors, re-watching the Office many times over, and gushing over cute and cuddly critters of all types (dreams of someday having a small hobby farm…. just needs to convince her partner of such an endeavor ; )).