Pregnancy and Postpartum

Like almost everything else in your life, your body and mind will face significant changes in the weeks and months before and after your baby's birth. While many women experience some mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child, 15 to 20% of women experience more significant symptoms of depression or anxiety. Symptoms, which may include feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anger, trouble eating or sleeping, difficulty bonding with your baby, panic, upsetting thoughts, or a fear you may hurt yourself or your baby, can appear any time during pregnancy and during the first 12 months after childbirth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or even just a general sense of being “out of control” or “going crazy”, a qualified mental health professional can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s pregnancy and postpartum specialists today.

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I have several certifications and trainings in perinatal and postpartum mood issues, including the certificate training from Postpartum Support International. I have also trained with Karen Kleiman of the Postpartum Stress Center. My practice is also closely connected to Boston OBGYN, a leading group of physicians for women affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston.

— Jessica Foley, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Waltham, MA

I am PSI-trained in perinatal mood disorders, and love working with parents. I am a perinatal mood disorder survivor and mom-to-five too!

— Caroline Singletary, Therapist in Decatur, GA

Pregnancy and the postpartum period can put you through an emotional rollercoaster. Whether it's your first child or your eighth, I can help you sort through those feelings.

— Snehal Kanitkar, Associate Professional Counselor in Allen, TX

Trying to add a child to your life doesn't always turn out the way you expected. Sometimes there are struggles with conception, pregnancy complications, or even birth and related challenges. This time in your life can be especially isolating and can increase the stress, grief, and sadness that you experience in your life. Through emotional support, we can help you feel less alone in your experience.

— Dr. Dowtin, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

I have completed Basic & Advanced trainings through Postpartum Support International (PSI) that focus on Perinatal Mental Health. “Perinatal” refers to the period of trying to conceive, active pregnancy, and post-birth up to one year. I will soon be nationally certified via exam.

— Jessica Bertolino, Licensed Professional Counselor

You’ve got a little one now. Congratulations! This new season of life is full of complex feelings of joy, fear and loss. Perhaps, life post partum just isn’t what you thought it would be. Maybe your past childhood trauma (that you worked so hard on in therapy) has popped back up again in light of now being a parent yourself. Having a space to be honest about these feelings and experiences can help you be the parent you want to be.

— Courtney Burns, Therapist in Portland, OR

My experience treating pregnant and postpartum women over the past seven years has given me the tools to identify which factors--including a stressful labor and delivery, a history of depression and/or anxiety, and past trauma--need to be addressed to heal perinatal depression and anxiety, and strengthen the parent-child relationship. My training includes a postdoctoral specialization in infant mental health, attachment- and trauma-informed interventions, and clinical assessment.

— Pamela Hamer, Psychologist

I have completed training with Postpartum Support International to treat perinatal mood disorders. My treatment style is strengths focused, relationship centered and action based. This means we will first focus on helping you feel safe and understood in therapy, finding ways to engage your support system to support you in ways that actually feel helpful and focusing on specific things you can do with your thoughts and behaviors to feel better.

— Kylee Nelson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO

For several years I have had a particular interest in working with women struggling with infertility, miscarriage, pregnancy and postpartum anxiety and depression. I had difficult periods after each of my children and I find that my ability to relate and empathize can really help clients feel understood. Working on self-care, changes of identity and transitioning to new stages of life make this work very rewarding.

— Emilie Diesen, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Candler, NC

Therapy for maternal mental health can help caregivers who… Find themselves struggling to feel comfortable and confident in their role as a caregiver; Are irritated, frustrated, anxious, or even full of rage that seems to come out of nowhere and leaves them embarrassed; Want to improve their communication with their partner, but are stuck in the same old fights and patterns as always; Are looking for ways to build more loving boundaries in all areas of their life, to be a better caregivers!

— Mija Serrano, Licensed Professional Counselor in York, PA

It's really called Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder and not postpartum depression. That's because depression is not the only issue. There is anxiety, and a few other mood disorders that can be a part of a troubled perinatal period. You can be assisted with assessment tools, guidance and support. You and your baby can be just fine if you go for the help you need during this time. Include your core support group if you like because support is excellent.

— Antonia Allison, Marriage & Family Therapist in Diamond Bar, CA

Certified in Perinatal Mental Health Counseling by Postpartum Support International

— Kate Horsch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

We treat Perinatal/Postpartum/Maternal OCD, providing moms-to-be and new moms who are suffering with OCD symptoms effective treatment. We offer treatment for both maternal themes, such as an intense fear of harming or contaminating your infant, as well as any other subtype of OCD during pregnancy and postpartum. Should any OCD symptoms persist after the perinatal period, we continue to provide care to our clients throughout the entirety of their OCD treatment journey.

— North Shore OCD Women's Treatment Center, Ltd. Kathi Fine Abitbol, PhD, Clinical Psychologist in Deerfield, IL

Pregnancy and the postpartum period are a unique season of life that require specialized training and experience from a qualified provider. Together, we can address concerns that may arise and help you identify and strengthen the supports you need.

— Jessica Reynoso, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Gilbert, AZ

Becoming a mother brings many challenges both physically and emotionally for women. I am a certified perinatal specialist from Postpartum Support International, and have trained extensively at the Postpartum Stress Center. I am also affiliated with Boston OBGYN for women in the Boston & Metro West area. Don't wait to get help, if you are wondering if you have postpartum mood issues, please reach out.

— Jessica Foley, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Waltham, MA

Therapy can be a place to figure out how to adjust to parenthood and how to cope with the pressures that come with this new role. It also provides you with a place to get support for what you are going through. I work with men and women who are struggling with this adjustment in a more mild form as well as men and women who are experiencing postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.

— Ginny Kington, Psychologist in Duluth, GA

Pregnancy and motherhood are filled with expectations of joy and happiness. When expectations are not met, it can result in a variety of mixed emotions. Things may not be discussed due to fear or embarrassment. Some women believe that something is wrong with them and suffer in silence. Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs a woman can do. Counseling and support is provided for women in all stages from preconception to the postpartum period. Let’s talk about your reality.

— April Thomas-Kenney, Clinical Social Worker in Fort Morgan, CO

The pregnancy can be a joyous and exciting time, it is not uncommon for women to be overwhelmed by the changes occurring in the body and the many plans to be made to prepare for a new child. Because the mind and body act as time machines, these changes can sometimes trigger unexpected feelings and fears that may be related to the past or present. I have supported hundreds of women of color through their pregnancy, the 4th trimester and beyond.

— Jeanie Vetter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oceanside, CA

Pregnancy and new parenthood can be magical, but they can also be deeply complicated by emotional and medical challenges, previous trauma, identity questions, and more. I work with pregnant and postpartum people who are trying to make meaning of some of these complications. I also welcome those dealing with infertility (I am IVF veteran) and decisions about whether to become a parent, seek an abortion, or make other reproductive health decisions. Queer and trans clients welcomed and affirmed.

— Jennie Steinberg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Studio City, CA