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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No one told you about how difficulty the transition to motherhood can be. A difficult birth, a high-needs baby, lack of support, isolation, anxiety or depression, lack of sleep, changes in identity, difficult relationships with family, previous trauma...they can all make a hard transition even harder. This phase of life requires a holistic approach. First we'll work to help you find more stability in your new life and then address underlying issues that may be complicating your experience.

— Dana Nassau, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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 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

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
 

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 the postpartum period is a time of literal and figurative transformation: bodies, relationships, and identities are all in flux. You deserve a safe, nonjudgmental, and deeply validating space to be supported on your journey.

— Elizabeth Orrick, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

I have been running a peripartum 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

Pregnancy to Postpartum is such a transformational time in a person's life. I love supporting people in accessing their inner knowing during a time that can often be confusing and unfamiliar. As a trained doula and parent to a toddler, I am honored to walk alongside my clients in this period of their lives. I love supporting people of all genders along the parenthood journey.

— Ellie Lotan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
 

I have received advanced training and a vast amount of clinical experience working with new and expecting parent(s) that are facing anxiety, depression, rage, rumination and more challenges.

— Amanda Ahearn, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Delray Beach, FL

I was in active practice as a labor and delivery nurse for 20 years, from 2000 to 2020. This experience along with my training in clinical psychology has allowed me to understand challenges within the peripartum period from a unique perspective. I can assist with mood disorders, pregnancy loss/grief, infertility, and birth trauma, and I am an advocate for women's healthcare across the board.

— Leigha Ward, Clinical Psychologist in West Lake Hills, 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

I have special training and experience working within maternal mental health. It is my honor to witness your transition to parenthood. Not only are you giving birth to a human being, you're also giving birth to yourself as a parent. This identify shift and new role can be challenging as you find your way and what works best for you and your family. Clients of mine have overcome birth trauma, perinatal and postpartum anxiety and mood disorders, guilt/shame, and delayed bonding and attachment.

— Kayla Scott, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Waconia, MN
 

I am trained in PPMD's and love to work with parents or expecting parents. Along with this I am also education and work with people who have struggled with infertility, pregnancy loss, abortion, etc. I work hard to create a space that you can talk about your deepest struggles and the funny parenting moments.

— Amanda Wirth, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Brooklyn Park, MN

Pregnancy & Postpartum can be some toughest life changing transitions in a woman's life. Losing oneself in motherhood is a common experience. Becoming overwhelmed, stressed, getting stuck in your thoughts, & constant pressure or comparison can plague a new mom or mother in transition. I am passionate about helping moms find their way through this new phase of life, while also bringing elements of her old life. (Perinatal Mood Disorders Trained- Postpartum Support International)

— Janette Macias, Art Therapist in Hollywood, FL
 

For the last 9 years I have worked at Washington University School of Medicine specializing in work with this population. I have specialized training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International. I have helped thousands of women navigate the perinatal period including infertility, fetal and infant loss, diagnosis and treatment for anomalies discovered in pregnancy, pregnancy and postpartum.

— Amy Ballheimer, Licensed Professional Counselor in Ellisville, MO

For the last 9 years I have worked at Washington University School of Medicine specializing in work with this population. I have specialized training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International. I have helped thousands of women navigate the perinatal period including infertility, fetal and infant loss, diagnosis and treatment for anomalies discovered in pregnancy, pregnancy and postpartum.

— Amy Ballheimer, Licensed Professional Counselor in Ellisville, MO
 

Too often parents don't have the help they need when welcoming a child to their family. Whether you are coming as an individual of couple you will get essential support from me.

— Franziska Reff, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

I have advanced post-graduate training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders through Postpartum Support International (PSI). I am honored to walk alongside my clients on their journeys through pregnancy, postpartum, and parenthood.

— Solara Calderon, Clinical Psychologist in Encinitas, CA
 

As a mom of two, I have a passion for helping new parents with the joys and hardships that may arise with building a family. I have extensive experience working with clients experiencing infertility and post-partum depression and anxiety.

— Amy Kirsztajn, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Rafael, CA