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The journey to parenthood is often bittersweet

Society tells us that becoming a parent will be a natural, seamless process filled with joyous moments. Unfortunately, this is often not the reality. Many people face a range of challenges, such as infertility, pregnancy loss, loss of identity, and perinatal depression and anxiety. 

I recognize and acknowledge that this can be a difficult time, and I am here to support you regardless of where you are in your journey. My focus is providing a safe space, exploring coping tools and offering strength-based solutions that can help restore your emotional well-being.  

Alpenglow Counseling

Alanna Sherstad, LCSW, PMH-C

Meet Alanna

Hello, I'm Alanna


I’m a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who is certified in perinatal mental health. I specialize in helping people as they approach, and transition into, parenthood—regardless of the stage you are in—to feel prepared, healthy, and ready to regain some control. 

Clients who work with me appreciate that they come away with specific tools they can use in their everyday life. They appreciate my knowledge about the unique challenges of this phase and take comfort in knowing I will go at their pace while mindful of the goals we set for our work together.  

I know your journey has not been easy, and that at times you may have questioned when you will start to feel better, and if you will ever get there. I’m here to help you find a path forward, as I walk alongside you on the road to healing. Therapy should help you feel better about yourself and able to live your life with more joy, comfort, and contentment.

I’m so glad you’re here.


 I have specialized training in the following areas:

Zen Stones
Candle in Hands
Lotus in Bloom


  • Sexual Violence

  • Interpersonal/Relationship Violence

  • Childhood abuse & neglect

  • Harassment

  • Birth trauma

Perinatal Mental Health

  • Pregnancy Loss 
  • Infant Loss

  • Stillbirth

  • Postpartum Depression

  • Postpartum Anxiety

  • Postpartum Intrusive Thoughts

  • Perinatal-specific IFS

  • Perinatal-specific EMDR

Fertility & Infertility

  • Repeated miscarriage
  • Use of donor sperm, eggs, or embryos

  • Medical complications

  • LGBTQ+ family planning

  • Adoption

Parenting Support

  • Loss of identity

  • Balancing Time

  • Prioritizing Balance

  • Creating Purpose/Vision

  • Nervous System Regulation

  • "Mom rage"

  • Postpartum-specific IFS

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I am currently able to accept the following insurance plans:  

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (including their Medicaid & Medicare plans)

  • Presbyterian (including their Medicaid & Medicare plans)

  • Western Sky (including their Medicaid & Medicare plans)

  • Molina

  • United

  • Medicaid

  • Medicare

  • Christus

  • Aetna


Every plan has different deductible and co-payment amounts. You will be responsible for these at the time of your visit.

A note about Insurance:

It is important to understand that in order to file a claim with your insurance I will be required to assign a mental health diagnosis that fits the symptoms for which you are seeking treatment. This will become a part of your permanent health record. Your diagnosis will be discussed with you to ensure your comfort with the claims filing process.

For complete confidentiality some clients opt not to use their insurance to avoid having a mental health diagnosis on their health record. I honor your preferences and respect their rights to privacy. You can discuss your questions or concerns about this during your free phone consultation and opt for self-pay if that feels more comfortable.

So many of us are struggling in silence.  
There is immense power and relief in opening up and allowing someone to provide additional support.

Contact Alanna

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Contact Info





3 Caliente Road, Suite 10     Santa Fe, NM 87508

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