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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PARENTING AND PRENATAL HELP Parenting can be a wild ride for the best of us! Parents today struggle with isolation and lack of supports, and parenting today in a changing, challenging, uncertain world can cause anxiety and stress. Pregnancy and fertility can also take its toll on our physical and mental wellbeing. We can help you work through your parenting struggles, become more connected to your children and family, and help you find yourself again.

— Lisa Schneider, Clinical Social Worker in Goshen, NY

If you're pregnant, or recently gave birth, struggle can show up in lots of ways: depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts and actions, PTSD, and in rare cases psychosis. You do not have to suffer alone and there is nothing "wrong" with being unable to bask in the glow of pregnancy and parenthood the way you're "supposed to." These issues are treatable with compassion, acceptance, and research-backed therapy. Let's normalize your scary thoughts and figure out your plan for recovery together.

— Shianling Weeks, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

I have over 5 years of training and experience in working with individuals and couples on perinatal mental health issues. I lead local new parents groups and have extensive knowledge of local perinatal resources.

— Katya Halligan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

Kimberly is certified in perinatal mental health; this encompasses the scope of mental health during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Depression, anxiety, OCD and other mood disorders can onset during the perinatal period, not to mention the transitions in the family. Kimberly is passionate about helping families conquer the mental health challenges and transitions that often occur during the perinatal period.

— Kimberly Hansley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

With 7 years of experience as a birth, fertility, and parenthood doula I have such excitement for this life transition. It holds such potential for growth and change both for the individuals involved but also for the lineages that are coming next.

— Angharad Hollingworth, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

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

— Amanda Leno, Licensed Professional Counselor in Gilbert, AZ

I have completed extensive training in the bio physiology, and psychosocial concerns related to pelvic floor rehabilitation. More than a psychological approach, as an OTR, I have the qualifications necessary to perform pelvic floor evaluation and treatment addressing: menstruation pain and, sexual and insertion pain, incontinence, prolapse, pregnancy, back pain, Diastasis Recti, postpartum depression, infertility, child rearing and menopause.

— Tina Anderson, Occupational Therapist in Austin, TX

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

For new moms, it can be upsetting and frightening to have feelings about motherhood that don’t seem “right.” Talking to a therapist who has specialized training dealing with new motherhood issues can be comforting, relieving, and enlightening. I have extensive experience in postpartum issues and understand that hormone changes, personal and family history, as well as social support are all vital factors in understanding and alleviating postpartum symptoms. I am confident that I can help!

— Amy Braun, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Pregnancy and Postpartum concerns are common. Parents can experience excessive worry, intrusive thoughts, sadness, exhaustion, and more when a new baby comes into the picture. And, being a parent often means that some aspect of your life is running on a deficit. Give yourself a break. Learn to be able to take care of yourself in both small moments and larger chunks of time by guarding it and/or asking for it. Determine what you can let go in the name of more peace in your life.

— Erin Peterson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in EDINA, MN

I have a certificate in Maternal Mental Health.

— Kimberly Hansley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, 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 extensive and specialized training in maternal mental health, and I am currently pursuing Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C) with Postpartum Support International. My training involves a deep dive into Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and informed care regarding the complexities of prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorders and psychosis

— Jennifer Mendoza, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

I have specialized training In Perinatal Mood Disorders through Postpartum Support International.

— Tameka Whittlesey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

Is a child coming into your life? Processing birth trauma/fears can help with postpartum and parenting experiences. New baby causing stress in your relationship? The conscious or unconscious roles we are taking on, our expectations, and disappointments can pile onto missed sleep and changing hormones to deliver a wallop! It may seem hard to find the time for self-care, but online therapy is a place where I can meet you where you are. (Individuals or couples).

— Gillian Gillette, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Alameda, CA

I am a certified Perinatal Mental Health therapist and can help you navigate this new journey. Whether it's your first glimpse into motherhood or fourth, I am here to support you. During pregnancy and postpartum there's many changes physically as well as emotionally. Take comfort in knowing you're not alone. These feelings are normal. You can take steps to help you during this transitional period.

— Sherry Nafeh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

I am a Perinatal Mental Health Specialist and see many clients during this period. The client's that I see during this period may be pregnant, wanting to become pregnant, have recently suffered miscarriage, or have had a baby within the last 2 years. I have taken extra courses on Perinatal Mental Health and am required to take continuing education credits yearly to maintain my credentials. Clients may be suffering from adjustment issues or other perinatal disorders.

— Niamh Hughes, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

I have extensive experience supporting parents, expecting parents, and grieving parents during this unique period of life. I have advanced training in the treatment of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International and completed subspecialty training in Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health at University of Denver. I wrote my dissertation on the body image concerns that often arise during the perinatal period. I have trained in OB/GYN, NICU, and community clinics.

— Maria Canyon, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist in Denver, CO