Hello, I'm Mailee Shaw.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
My name is Mailee Shaw and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am also a wife and mother. Ever since I can remember I wanted to be a mother, however that journey was delayed a bit as my path led me to help others before I could begin to settle down and start my own family. For me, this journey truly began with my first miscarriage which I later found out was called a chemical pregnancy. We continued to try to conceive and when I couldn’t get pregnant for over another year my husband and I went to see a fertility specialist. After various tests for myself and my husband, it was determined that I had a 2% chance of getting pregnant on my own. The fertility specialist informed me that IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) would have such a low success rate that we should just go straight for the IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) which would be all out of pocket expenses. I was not satisfied with this, and started to look into my own research on how to become fertile on my own through holistic methods (supplements, healthy eating, acupuncture, etc). So I changed my lifestyle, and I became pregnant within 2 months in 2017. That pregnancy was not filled with the joy I had anticipated but fear, grief, complication after complication, and then eventually loss and heartbreak. It was one of the most difficult journeys I have ever had to endure.
Soon after that my husband and I were blessed with our second child, but my body was not able to support the pregnancy and at 8 weeks my baby’s heart stopped beating, and I made the heartbreaking decision to have a D&C. I was devastated but also determined not to give up. When we got pregnant once again a few months later, that fear and grief carried over for the next 9 months, and eventually postpartum set in. Everyone told me I had the Baby Blues, but I knew that it was more than that. And I suffered in silence. But soon realized that I did not have to suffer alone.
And this is where my journey has led me. To support and provide assistance to prenatal and postpartum women who have realized that they can no longer suffer alone, that reaching out to someone they can trust for help is not only important to their own emotional and mental well being, but also to the well being of their child/children and their loved ones around them. Infertility, distressing feelings during pregnancy, the postpartum period, and infant loss are real life afflictions that need a compassionate perspective to help aid them in their healing journey.
“We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.”
The important stuff
I have been providing mental health services to our Las Vegas Community for over 10 years. I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and went on to graduate school with University of Phoenix and earned my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2011. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the state of Nevada (#01274), and I am also a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. I am an approved supervisor with the State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors, as well as with the AAMFT since 2017. I have experience working in outpatient settings as a clinical supervisor and a therapist, providing services to individuals, children, couples, and families who have endured traumatic life events, attachment issues, mood disorders, depression and anxiety, self harming behaviors, and life adjustment issues. I also have experience working in group settings.
What do I do for fun?
I love, love, love to eat! I also love to workout, mostly yoga and pilates, for my mental, emotional, and physical health. I’m always trying to continue to enhance my knowledge through reading or listening to audio books. I’ve always loved a good fiction novel! Mostly romance or mystery. I also grew up watching movies, so sitting down to a good flick once in a while is definitely on my list. But the most important thing I love to do is spend time with my beautiful little girl and my husband, and close family and friends. I also want to be the best mom I can be to my little girl, so I am always open and receptive to suggestions, advice and feedback from other first time and experienced mothers and fathers.
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers- strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”