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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During pregnancy, I can support you with preparing for birth and postpartum, processing your childhood experiences that are coming up as you prepare to become a parent, addressing anxiety or fear about what comes next, and navigating sexual changes. Postpartum support may include processing the identity shift you're experiencing, processing your birth or birth trauma, navigating feeding challenges, or addressing postpartum anxiety or depression.

— Eva Firth, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

Becoming a mother might be one of the most hardest but transformative experiences of our lives. Nothing can really prepare you for all the changes that you experience, the challenges that arise but the immense love you have for your child. There are moments of pure joy, but also ones that test every part of your being. There are moments of, I can’t do this anymore. Am I the only feeling this? Why don’t I feel the same anymore. Know, Mama, you are not alone.

— April Brown, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Miami, FL

Becoming a parent is a complicated journey. Families struggle with fertility, loss, traumatic birth, postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, previous family of origin issues and overwhelm related to new roles as a stay-at-home parent, a working parent, or the transition between the two. My role is to educate, foster awareness, facilitate support and connection, and assist in adjusting expectations of parents within a society that perpetuates striving for a unattainable versions of parenting.

— Melissa Cramer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chapel Hill, NC

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

Pregnancy and birth are both important transitions in life. We often feel that no matter how many books we read, we are not prepared for the very real physical, hormonal and emotional changes that take place before and after giving birth. There are so many new experiences and challenges. I offer pre and postnatal counseling to help you navigate this new phase in your life. I also offer in home postpartum therapy for new parents located in Harrison and Jackson Counties in Mississippi.

— Jacalyn Wetzel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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 specialize in providing support to individuals and couples during pregnancy and the postpartum period. This includes pregnancy and postpartum adjustment challenges, pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, fetal diagnosis, pregnancy loss, neonatal hospitalization, and parenting a medically complex infant or child.

— Kate Christman, Clinical Social Worker in Decatur, GA

Therapy for maternal mental health can help caregivers who… Find themselves struggling to feel comfortable and confident in their role as a caregiver; Are irritated, frustrated, anxious, or even full of rage that seems to come out of nowhere and leaves them embarrassed; Want to improve their communication with their partner, but are stuck in the same old fights and patterns as always; Are looking for ways to build more loving boundaries in all areas of their life, to be a better caregivers!

— Mija Serrano, Licensed Professional Counselor in York, PA

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

I myself have been trough the transition to motherhood, 2x. The adjustment is a wild one. I sought specific training in this arena with Post Partum Support International, to help other women and families through this period of time. I have a deep knowledge that you are not the same person on the other side of this transition, much like a caterpillar into a butterfly! My personal experience and professional training can assist you in preparing and moving through pregnancy and postpartum.

— Jeralyn Giffen, Therapist in , OH

Pregnancy and the postpartum period can put you through an emotional rollercoaster. Whether it's your first child or your eighth, I can help you sort through those feelings.

— Snehal Kanitkar, Associate Professional Counselor in Allen, TX

Pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting look different and feel different for everyone. There is a lot to adjust to and make space for. If you are finding it hard to navigate the physical, emotional, and social changes, you are far from alone: from new anxieties, your own birth history or experiences of being parented to feeling disconnected and feeling like you aren't yourself. As a trained doula and psychotherapist I will support your family's growth through your transition.

— Margaret Rau, Psychotherapist in New York City, 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, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist in Denver, CO

Created the peri-partum support program at Kaiser, working with Ob-gyn to create a safe space for women to process their feeling pre and post childbirth; specialize in processing traumatic births, post party depression and anxiety, as well as miscarriage and loss.

— Lauren Ogren, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Rafael, CA

I have extensive training covering many aspects of mental health concerns during the pregnancy and postpartum period. I have been working with this population for four years. Supporting moms through all the phases of motherhood I feel passionate about.

— Morgan Fitzgerald, Licensed Professional Counselor in Edmond, OK

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

As a certified Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) practitioner, Brittany works with womxn during all stages of fertility, pregnancy, childbearing, and postpartum. This passion of hers began when she gave birth to her first child and became a Mother during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brittany is happy to continue this journey after having her second child with other parents who are in need of support and love during an exciting yet strenuous time in our lives.

— Brittany Quinn, Licensed Professional Counselor in Berlin, CT

I am Perinatal Mood Health-Certified (PMH-C) by Postpartum Support International (PSI).

— M. Cecilia Bocanegra, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Evanston, IL