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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Pregnancy and postpartum transitions, mood disorders, miscarriage, infertility, queer and trans fertility, body image, birth trauma, infant loss.

— ash luna, Clinical Social Worker in Evanston, IL

I am trained in Perinatal Mental Health issues through Postpartum Support International, and I am a survivor of postpartum depression. I see myself as a mental doula, guiding you through the emotional and hormonal shifts that can happen during and after pregnancy, and I take a collaborative approach to working with the woman and her midwife or doctor to best support her health, well-being, and attachment to her new child.

— Leah Rockwell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Mercersburg, PA
 

I have a certificate in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International.

— Amanda Leno, Licensed Professional Counselor in Gilbert, AZ

Becoming a mother is the most difficult and complicated adjustment you will ever experience. Your body and life will never be the same. From the moment you share the news of your pregnancy, anyone and everyone seems to have an opinion, and it feels like you're wearing a t-shirt that says, "Please Advise Me On Caring For My Future Child." Don't try to get through this time alone. Let's talk about creating a plan to make sure you stay mentally healthy even on very little sleep.

— Kayce Hodos, Counselor in Wake Forest, NC
 

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

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 have extensive training in Maternal Mental Health issues. I have earned the Perinatal Mental Health Certificate with Postpartum Support International. I use Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, ad Acceptance Commitment Therapy interventions to help you heal and begin to feel stable and happier during this transition of your life.

— Katie LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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
 

It is common to experience stress, feeling sad and empty at times during and/or after pregnancy. Sometimes those negative thoughts creeps in, leaving you feeling guilty of not connected with your new born baby. In session, we will explore healthy ways to cope with these difficult feelings.

— Serena Hsieh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Arcadia, CA

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
 

I have been running a permpartum support group for approximately three years and it is by far what I look forward to in my working life. I love working with women in transition and supporting them during this new stage in life.

— Annie Buxbaum, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA

I see the challenges and sacredness of pregnancy and postpartum time periods in a person's life. This time is not to be taken lightly, and I believe pregnant and postpartum people do not get the emotional, physical, and medical support they need. Therapy is one way to attain some of that much needed support and care.

— Alexandra Klein, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greenwood Village, CO
 

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

I am a two time survivor of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders and have volunteered as a group facilitator for a local agency that runs maternal mental health programming. I have a passion for holding space for women during this very tumultuous time in their lives; from pre-pregnancy through to postpartum.

— Brittney George, Licensed Professional Counselor in , VA
 

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

I am a certified Perinatal Mental Health clinician. What an amazing time in life? It pokes at every emotion that we own. At times these emotions roll, seemingly without ownership, between rage and reverence. All deeply valid feelings. My philosophy is that becoming a parent, whether your baby is still with us or not, is the steepest learning curve in life. I have the deepest respect and honor for our individualized experiences. I am here to listen and support your journey.

— Christian Greene, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Washington, DC
 

I have a deep passion woking with new and expecting parents. I have experience as a labor and delivery room nurse, childbirth educator, doula, and breastfeeding counselor and have attended hundreds of natural births with couples using HypnoBirthing, Lamaze, and Bradley. I offer pregnancy and postpartum counseling, mamma to mama support groups, and training to mental health professionals and birth workers in birth trauma, hypnotherapy for birth, postpartum depression, and high risk pregnancy.

— Cathy Armstrong, Licensed Professional Counselor in Corpus Christi, TX