About Mandy Wannarka
Mandy is a therapist in private practice in Anoka and owner of Mindful Wellbeing. Her growing practice specializes in perinatal mental health concerns with a focus on supporting high risk pregnancies, traumatic births or deliveries, NICU stays and complex medical conditions, perinatal loss and infertility. She uses EMDR in her private practice and uses her five years experience as a NICU social worker to support families no matter their journey to parenthood. Mandy is certified in perinatal mental health through Postpartum Support International and has been volunteering for PPSM as a Mental Health Professional on the helpline for the past year. She became PPSM's new Helpline Director in 2020.
Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?
I used to be a pretty big crafter. I haven't returned to it since having kids but I'm working on it! I am also in the middle of 200 hour yoga teacher training so I'm pretty immersed in developing my spiritual and physical yoga practice.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
"An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So, when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.” – Paulo Coelho
What do you find most challenging about working with PPSM?
Its hard to make the time for volunteering. We are all busy people but when you encounter an organization that aligns with your values, it makes it a bit easier to give back and worth carving out the time!