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 welcoming home a new baby can be an exciting time. It is also a stressful time for most, with 10-15% of pre and postpartum women struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, or PTSD. Symptoms of a prenatal or postpartum mood or anxiety disorder range from person to person and can begin at any time during pregnancy or up to 1 year after giving birth. Anger, irritability, loss of interest in the baby, and crying or sadness are common symptoms of a prenatal or postpartum disorder.

— Stephanie Puckett, Licensed Professional Counselor in Raleigh, NC

I have specialized training in this area through Postpartum Support International (Perinatal Mental Health 2-Day Certificate Course).

— Dr. Lauren Rance, Clinical Psychologist in St. Louis Park, MN

I assist women experiencing anxiety, OCD, and depression throughout pregnancy, the perinatal phase, and postpartum periods. During these critical times, mothers require support, psychoeducational resources, and guidance to develop coping mechanisms aimed aimed at managing and alleviating symptoms until it's finally over. Together, we will validate and normalize your experience. We will ensure you understand this is temporary. You will be okay again and you are a good mother.

— Jody Begley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Royal Oak, MI

Underwent additional self-study courses and trainings in Postpartum care addressing the needs for mothers who may need additional emotional support after having a baby.

— Stephanie Manning, Psychologist in New York, NY

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

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

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

I'm passionate about perinatal mood and anxiety speciality. I am a Perinatal Mental Health Certified clinician that works with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and mood symptoms in the perinatal period. I also work with grief and loss and PTSD as well as birth trauma.

— Melissa Gonski, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Inverness, IL

The pregnancy and the postpartum period significantly affect one's mental health and identity, and frankly, I don't think we support mothers enough. Becoming a mom enhanced my desire to support individuals on this journey in multiple ways - I offer pregnancy coaching, birth story processing, and specific EMDR support for individuals who have had difficult and/or traumatic birthing experiences.

— Kristen Suleman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

Motherhood can be such a blessing, but also so incredibly hard and overwhelming. Especially in the beginning. So many moms struggle with feelings of guilt and shame if they are not enjoying motherhood like they "should." I love being able to support moms during this tough time and helping them feel better emotionally and mentally.

— Kailynn Klepfer, Clinical Social Worker

I am certified as a full spectrum doula and have seen first hand the traumas and fears of people preparing to give birth. I have held space for clients who have experienced the loss of their child and those who are grieving the idea of never having children. I also have studied the most cutting edge research for the perinatal period and have obtained the Postpartum Support International Perinatal Mental Health Certification.

— Imani Byers-Quarterman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

Pregnancy & postpartum are crucial times in a woman's life and essential times to take care of your physical and emotional health. Body image issues and disordered eating can put baby and mother at risk and should be professionally addressed.

— Rachel Goldberg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

After working in a medical setting primarily serving folks in the perinatal stages, I recognize that this is an area of mental health services that need a special focus. This training has prepared me to serve this population in a way that is supportive and informed on the concerns that may present in the perinatal stages.

— Tabitha Brown, Clinical Social Worker in Vancouver, WA

I have specialized training in reproductive mental health and have supported many clients though their own or a parter's pregnancy and on into parenthood. I also offer support for fertility challenges, pregnancy loss, and abortion.

— Brooke Van Oosbree, Clinical Psychologist in Walnut Creek, CA

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

I completed 2020 Mom & Postpartum Support International's Maternal Mental Health Training Cours that provides specific knowledge and intervention for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I work with pregnant and postpartum individuals, with specific expertise with birth trauma.

— Michelle Spurgeon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Dallas, TX

I have advanced training in perinatal mood disorders, anxiety, and loss. I am on track to receive my Perinatal Mental Health Certificate.

— Sarah Lauterbach, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Carmel By The Sea, CA

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

In counseling, I address the emotional well-being of individuals following childbirth. I recognize the potential for postpartum depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders that can arise during this time. Postpartum counseling offers a safe space to discuss the challenges of adjusting to new roles, changing dynamics, sleep deprivation, and the overwhelming emotions that can accompany early parenthood.

— Katy London, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in Lakewood, CO

I have extensive experience working with Perinatal mood, adjustment, and anxiety, as well as the full reproductive life span- menarche to menopause. I will also work with males dealing with reproductive life span challenges.

— Lynne Cardilino, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Hinckley, OH