Terra’s Place Founders
Terra’s Place therapists and founders completed Postpartum Support International’s certificate training in diagnosing and treating Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), and our work focuses on moms and families.
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“So, who’s Terra?” We get that question a lot! When we got together to talk about creating a Place just for Mamas and Families, we thought of naming this place after Mother Earth, who has had many names throughout history. After a little googling, we discovered that Terra was the name given to Mother Earth by the Romans, and that she had quite a big job overseeing pregnancy, childbirth, mothers, infants, children, and even baby animals! Terra’s Place resonated with us, and became at first the name we used to talk about the place we envisioned. Today, Terra’s Place has a space we are proud of near Southern and the 101, where we welcome mothers, fathers, and their families. It is a place where we honor Terra by caring for pregnant and postpartum mothers, fathers, infants, children – and by proxy their baby animals at home.
Dr. Cara English, Co-Founder & Therapist
Dr. Cara English has 20 years of experience in the fields of psychology, counseling, and integrated behavioral health care, and is thrilled to open Terra’s Place with a mission to serve women and families suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Cara’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, a Master’s degree in Counseling from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, and a Doctor of Behavioral Health degree from Arizona State University. Cara’s counseling experiences include partnering with families from many cultures and backgrounds. She is passionate about empowering mothers and their partners to make informed decisions about their care that are in line with family cultural and spiritual values.
Dr. English gained counseling experience as a mental health counselor and wellness educator to children, adolescents, and adults in community organizations, schools, and school-based health centers in many Phoenix neighborhoods and Arizona Tribal Communities from 2002 – 2014. Inspired by her own experience with postpartum depression and anxiety, Dr. English began working as a therapist with pregnant and postpartum mothers at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center in 2014 with Dr. Jennie Bever Babendure, Ph.D., IBCLC and Desiree Allison, IBCLC. Cara pursued additional training and certification from Postpartum Support International in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) in 2016. Recognizing that access to behavioral health services for mothers suffering from PMADs was sorely lacking across Arizona, Cara began working with other health providers in 2014 to create a sustainable network of services and support for mothers and families in need. Dr. English advocates for awareness of the prevalence of PMADs and the need for high quality treatment for mothers and families nationwide. She helped establish the Postpartum Support International (PSI) Arizona Chapter’s Board of Directors, and supports educational efforts to help medical and behavioral health providers learn how to identify and treat PMADs.
Dr. English understands the inextricable link between physical and emotional health, thanks to her advanced training as a Doctor of Behavioral Health. She centers her work with patients at Willow Birth Center at the intersection of physical and mental health by identifying and addressing life stresses, including traumas, and acute or chronic medical conditions that cause or contribute to poor health states for her patients. In women’s health, the roles of the thyroid, adrenals, and hormonal functioning are sadly ignored despite decades of research pointing to the link between thyroid, adrenal, and hormone functioning and symptoms of depression, anxiety, fatigue, sluggishness, weight gain, concentration, and memory difficulties. Hypothyroidism, adrenal burnout, and hormone dysfunction are often missed or misdiagnosed in primary care for women. Dr. English enjoys working collaboratively as a team with her patients and their other medical health providers to identify and treat true causes for health difficulties, and to get results that improve health and well-being. As such, her patients enjoy superior recovery rates, and rapidly improve quality of life.
For her clinical expertise Dr. English has received invitations to lecture before physicians, fellow behavioral health clinicians, researchers, and health educators, including:
- International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)’s 2019 International Conference on Integrated Care – A Global Review of Current and Emerging Education and Training to Advance Integrated Systems of Care; Multiple Roads Travelled: A Career Panel on Integrated Care for the Next Generation of Researchers and Practitioners; and Addressing Women’s Mental Health Disparities Through an Integrated Midwifery Model
Arizona ACNM Affiliate Winter Summit 2019 – Challenges in Perinatal Mood Disorders; Assessment, Treatment and Advocacy
2018 – National Association of Physical Activity Providers Meeting – Lifelong Mental Health Benefits of Physical Activity
July 2018 – USCE Conference – Use of Medical Cannabis in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers
- July 2018 – Postpartum Support International, Houston, TX. Community Programs Roundtable.
- June 2018 – International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)’s 2018 Integrated Care Academy attendee, Oxford, England
- June 2018 – Let’s Get Better Together Conference, Phoenix, AZ. Promoting Equity for LGBTQ Families in Birthing Communities.
- May 2018 – International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)’s 2018 International Conference on Integrated Care, Utrecht, Netherlands. Education and Training (in association with the Integrated Care Academy): Research Master in Population Health Management.
- April 2018 – Polysubstance Abuse in Pregnancy and Newborn (PAPN Task Force, Southern Arizona). Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders in Opioid-Dependent Women.
- March 2018 – Integrated Care Conference, Phoenix, AZ. Creating a Sustainable Community Network of Support to Nurture Moms and Families in the Perinatal Period.
- April 20, 2017 – Glendale Community College Behavioral Health Conference. Disruptive Innovation in Behavioral Health Care: How to make changes that matter to people.
- June 20, 2015 – Gila River Indian Community Day of Hope for Professionals, Phoenix, AZ.
- The 5A’s Assessment & Intervention Model & Integrated Behavioral Health Care in Primary Care Settings. April 2014 – Maricopa County HEAD Start, Phoenix, AZ. Addressing Child and Family Obesity: Strategies for Empowering Families to Improve Health Behaviors
- April, 2013 – Fengtai Women & Children’s Hospital & Chaoyang Hospital District, Beijing, China. Two three-day integrated care trainings covering topics including collaborative care for chronic disease management, the Biodyne Model of psychological assessment and treatment, screening and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression in women’s health, and screening and assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders in pediatric care
Cara and her husband, Charlie, have one precocious and spirited son, Liam, who keeps them on their toes. Cara loves to spend time with her family, and enjoys reading, researching, late-night bingeing on Netflix, traveling, gardening, listening to music, and spending time with beloved friends and family.
Dr. Bobbi Vogelsang, Co-Founder & Therapist
Dr. Bobbi Vogelsang has been in the field of psychotherapy since earning a Master’s in Social Work in 1985. After 18 years working in various capacities (public and private sectors, direct service as well as supervision/administration, and several years in private practice), Bobbi and her husband moved from Michigan to Arizona. She served as a clinician and a clinical director in public mental health organizations before joining Northlight Counseling Associates, Inc. in 2006. Dr. Vogelsang became a co-owner of Northlight in 2007.
In December of 2013, Bobbi completed a Doctor of Behavioral Health degree at Arizona State University:
“This degree and the training I received opened my eyes to the vast nature of mind-body connectivity in disease management and patient care. I had always been aware of the connection, but had not before received training on the extent to which behavior and emotion impacted what we think of as “medical” pathways. Few therapists are trained as a DBH is to assess the interplay between physical health and mental and emotional wellbeing in this way. I feel very fortunate to be able to treat my patients more holistically, with gratifying results.”
In 2016, Dr. Vogelsang received certification in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Training in the DBH program dovetails beautifully with a far deeper understanding of how perinatal mood disorders occur and how best to treat the women and families suffering from them. Already working with Meggan Sullivan and Dr. Javier Perez at Northlight Counseling & Associates, and having met Dr. Cara English in the DBH program, the idea for Terra’s Place was born! The four partners created a practice with a mission to treat Moms with perinatal mood disorders, and their families, with the dignity, understanding, professionalism, and complete mind and body approach that only comes with truly integrated care. Dr. Vogelsang envisions Terra’s Place as the beacon that reaches families who are suffering and lets them know that they are not alone, they are not to blame, and that with treatment, they will get better!
Dr. Vogelsang’s clinical specialty areas include depression, anxiety and panic disorders, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD, personality disorders, marriage and family concerns, chronic pain management treatment, and trauma recovery. Specialty services offered include hypnosis and Buddhist Psychology.
Bobbi and her wonderful husband, Randy, are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in 2017 with a trip to Nashville with her sister and her husband, who are also celebrating 25 years (married just 8 weeks apart!). Bobbi has two adorable dogs, and enjoys working out, bike rides, going to concerts, discovering amazing new restaurants and fabulous wines, and entertaining friends for cook-outs and pool parties. She is grateful for her amazing business partners and for the opportunity to bring specialized services to Arizona’s moms!