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

— Amanda Leno, Licensed Professional Counselor in Gilbert, AZ

Perinatal Period. The time before and after birth. For birthing parents and partners, mothers and fathers. Together, we'll explore your Reproductive Narrative and navigate the psychological impact of infertility, pregnancy loss, prenatal anxieties, and postpartum stressors. Therapy can be helpful for individuals and couples to examine long-held hopes, dreams, and expectations surrounding being pregnant and having children.

— Samantha Miller, Clinical Psychologist in Pasadena, CA
 

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

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
 

Becoming a mother brings many challenges both physically and emotionally for women. I am a certified perinatal specialist from Postpartum Support International, and have trained extensively at the Postpartum Stress Center. I am also affiliated with Boston OBGYN for women in the Boston & Metro West area. Don't wait to get help, if you are wondering if you have postpartum mood issues, please reach out.

— Jessica Foley, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Waltham, MA

My experience treating pregnant and postpartum women over the past seven years has given me the tools to identify which factors we need to tackle to help you recover from depression and anxiety —a stressful labor and delivery, previous episodes of depression and/or anxiety, and even past trauma. My training includes a postdoctoral specialization in infant mental health, experience with attachment- and trauma-informed interventions, and clinical assessment.

— Pamela Hamer, Psychologist
 

Certified in Perinatal Mental Health Counseling by Postpartum Support International

— Kate Horsch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

The pregnancy can be a joyous and exciting time, it is not uncommon for women to be overwhelmed by the changes occurring in the body and the many plans to be made to prepare for a new child. Because the mind and body act as time machines, these changes can sometimes trigger unexpected feelings and fears that may be related to the past or present. I have supported hundreds of women of color through their pregnancy, the 4th trimester and beyond.

— Jeanie Vetter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oceanside, CA
 

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 seems so easy because so many women do it and yet being pregnant and transitioning into life after birth is anything but easy. What you might see portrayed on instagram isn't real life. Real life with a new baby brings lots of new challenges and emotions. It challenges couples that previously had no issues. It leads to identity crisis'. It's OK to not always feel 100% grateful for your new baby. You are exhausted, unsure, lonely. Asking for help is a sign of strength.

— Rachel Goldberg, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA
 

Perinatal mental health can be a doozy for so many reasons, and it unfortunately still carries such a stigma with it. I believe in honesty, activating support systems, and setting every person up for success, whatever that may look like.

— Jenny Shully, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Napa, CA

Pregnancy and Postpartum life can be HARD. Because it's so challenging, women often experience Postpartum Depression, and lesser discussed Postpartum Anxiety. I'm here to help you navigate life with your new little one, tackle your new role as a parent, and keep connected with your partner.

— Courtney Latham, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Minneapolis, MN
 

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

Pregnancy and new parenthood can be magical, but they can also be deeply complicated by emotional and medical challenges, previous trauma, identity questions, and more. I work with pregnant and postpartum people who are trying to make meaning of some of these complications. I also welcome those dealing with infertility (I am IVF veteran) and decisions about whether to become a parent, seek an abortion, or make other reproductive health decisions. Queer and trans clients welcomed and affirmed.

— Jennie Steinberg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Studio City, CA
 

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

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

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

I have specialized training in treating women with perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Additionally I am a trained Bringing Baby Home facilitator, a program that helps couples navigate the transition from being a couple to being a family. In my private practice I work with parents at all stages of parenting; from new born to adult children. I have found that each stage of parenting presents its own unique challenges and I have a soft place in my heart for parents and the struggles they go through as they guide their children through life.

— Gwendolyn Nelson-Terry, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
 

I have completed training with Postpartum Support International to treat perinatal mood disorders. My treatment style is strengths focused, relationship centered and action based. This means we will first focus on helping you feel safe and understood in therapy, finding ways to engage your support system to support you in ways that actually feel helpful and focusing on specific things you can do with your thoughts and behaviors to feel better.

— Kylee Nelson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO

Pregnancy and the postpartum period are a unique season of life that require specialized training and experience from a qualified provider. Together, we can address concerns that may arise and help you identify and strengthen the supports you need.

— Jessica Reynoso, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Gilbert, AZ