Positive affirmations are a popular tool for battling negative self-talk, but they can be weaponized and misused. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) emphasizes acknowledging negative thoughts and focusing on taking action in line with one's values rather than trying to suppress negative thoughts with positive affirmations. By intentionally using positive affirmations, and not weaponizing them, clients can find relief from negative self-talk and pursue their values instead.


Self-love is a challenge to define and develop, particularly for women. Taking unique contexts into consideration, clinicians can help women identify "shoulds" and empower them to choose what self-love means to them.


Although pregnancy loss often takes away our sense of agency and control, we can use our values as a compass to find our own unique rainbow and live a fertile life.


When you’re consumed by the grief and trauma associated with pregnancy loss, it can be difficult to understand what your partner is going through—particularly if their experience of the loss differs widely from your own. But by taking a step back to consider their perspective and their experience, it is possible to develop greater compassion and find connection in the relationship again.


Sunita Osborn, PsyD, MA, is a licensed clinical psychologist who practices in Houston, Texas and works with adults and couples.  Known as an expert on the treatment of pregnancy loss, Dr. Osborn specializes in reproductive psychology and helps individuals and couples in all phases of the reproductive journey.

Dr. Osborn has been featured and interviewed on several different media outlets including NPR, With Whit, Psychology Today, and several miscarriage-focused platforms such as, “The Miscarriage Map: What to Expect When You are no Longer Expecting” and, “The Miscarriage Map Workbook: An Honest Guide to Navigating Pregnancy Loss, Working Through the Pain, and Moving Forward.”

After finding herself lost and without a map after her own experiences of pregnancy loss, she is committed to helping individuals cope with the pain of this loss, supporting clinicians in treating pregnancy loss, and promoting open dialogue on the realities of this prevalent and devasting concern.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Sunita Osborn has an employment relationship with Modern Therapy. She is a published author and receives royalties.  She receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties and book royalties from PESI, Inc. Sunita Osborn has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Sunita Osborn has no relevant non-financial relationships.