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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In addition to my mental health clinical training and experience, I am a trained birth and postpartum doula. I bring this experience into our session to further support birthing persons during pregnancy and the postpartum period. I specialize in helping those experiencing postpartum depression, anxiety and postpartum rage.

— Fightress Aaron, Licensed Professional Counselor in Montgomery, AL

When I first saw postpartum depression, I didn’t know it. I had been all about resilience beginning in the womb until I saw her ashamed, sobbing on a pile of 5-steps-to-perfect-mothering books. I hid her books & held her & the baby. It was all I knew to do. I became certified in treating prenatal & postpartum mood disorders because I realized people can't grow resilient babies without support for their own flourishing. I now help people become safe, seen, & supported in birth & beyond.

— Sarah Kendrick, Psychotherapist in Portland, OR
 

I have worked with women and families experiencing peripartum (during and after pregnancy) mood changes for several years through group and individual work. I supervise other clinicians working with women/families in their peripartum journey. There are countless expectations a new parent puts on themself, often causing significant distress. I aim to provide a safe space to heal, explore, and navigate this stage of life. Whether your first child or you already have children. You are not alone.

— Molly Higgins, Clinical Social Worker

We cannot rush through this transition into parenthood and our society certainly doesn’t help. There are many losses and gains when becoming a parent. We will acknowledge and explore them with grounding and acceptance. You will learn real self-care by asserting your needs and setting healthy boundaries.

— Katie Doyle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA
 

I have worked with women for the entirety of my career. I've experienced pregnancy, postpartum, pregnancy loss, and termination firsthand and as a support person personally and professionally. I have experienced and witnessed the shift in identity and values and the confusion and fear that come from becoming a mother. I am here to support you through pregnancy losses and through preparing and becoming a mother.

— Toni Richter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Saint Louis, MO

I have a passion for peripartum moms and dads. I co-founded the Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Alliance of Texas (PPHA) in 2010 and have worked diligently to ensure that moms and dads can easily find high-quality, affordable services in the Austin area. I developed and managed the Doula Voucher Program for PPHA, and was inspired to train as a doula . I currently manage the PPHA Psychiatric Voucher program. I worked with Postpartum Support International for 4 years as the Austin Coordinator.

— Beth Thomas, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX
 

My interest in the field of perinatal mental health began in 2021 after my son was born. I began training in perinatal mood disorders in 2022 through Postpartum Support International. I became certified in 2023. I have worked with clients through preconception, pregnancy, postpartum and beyond.

— Catherine Armao, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , NY

PMH-C Perinatal Mental Health Specialist I was a certified birth doula for 5 years and a lactation counselor prior to becoming a therapist. I am presently working towards a certification in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, a specialty in perinatal psychotherapy. I am trained as a Healing from Difficult Births clinician by Gena McCarthy (Berkeley, CA). I have always had an interest in birth as a rite of passage, and am honored to focus on supporting these transitions.

— Lindsey Stern, Marriage & Family Therapist
 

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, Clinical Psychologist in Denver, CO

No matter what, becoming a parent is life changing. With that change can come joy and also loss. Postpartum depression, anxiety, and OCD can look much different before, during, and after pregnancy. I am trained and prepared to help you identify these sneaky symptoms and help you live the full life you desire as a parent and just as you.

— Electra Byers, Psychotherapist in arvada, CO
 

Following my own journey to parenthood, my passion is helping women and men with the hardships that can arise when building a family. I have more than 15 years of experience, specializing in helping clients coping with infertility, pregnancy loss, and postpartum issues. I completed the 10-month Fertility Counseling Postgraduate Course with Sharon Covington, MSW and Dr. Linda Applegarth, EdD and am certified in perinatal mental health (PMH-C) by Postpartum Support International.

— Maureen McCartney, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

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 Offspring." 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, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in , NC
 

I am a certified Perinatal Mental Health Specialist. What does this mean? I've worked with pregnant and postpartum families for over 12 years and have had specialized training in anxiety, depression and mood disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period. To get this certificate I also had to pass an exam through Postpartum Support International.

— Emily Beltran, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Murrieta, CA

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
 

Given approximately 10-20% of birthing parents and many non-birthing parents are affected by Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), it's of the utmost importance to support parents during such a major transition in their lives. I've trained with Postpartum Support International, completed a year internship in a perinatal mental health clinic, and attend ongoing trainings in order to best guide parents in preventing and treating PMADs. I enjoy working with nontraditional families.

— Tori Buckley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

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
 

All parts of the perinatal, postpartum and parenting journey are, shall we say, interesting, and sometimes those experiences become much more intense than we ever expected! Let's acknowledge this path can be anytime from considering having a kid through adjusting to parenthood with your third (or more!). So many challenges are found along the way, sometimes needing more support than you readily have available. Whatever your story is, I am prepared to walk alongside you on your perinatal path.

— Joy Walsh, Clinical Social Worker in Glen Ellyn, IL