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.

Meet the specialists

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 understand the complexities of both postpartum mood shifts as well as the change in dynamics as your family grows bigger. I also recognize the stress of managing a household and going back to work. I can help process the change of identity in becoming a mom, prioritizing self-care, and self-esteem, addressing stress, anxiety, and depression. I help to address relationship challenges with your partner, as well as bonding with your baby and shifts in relationships with your older children.

— Melinda Johnson, Counselor in Issaquah, WA

I have post-graduate training in supporting birthing people and their partners during the preconception, prenatal, and postpartum periods. This can mean offering support with navigating normative experiences, navigating anxiety and depression during this time, or preparing for the next steps in your journey.

— Allison Prine, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

I LOVE working with pregnant and new mamas to set healthy expectations, identify postive coping strategies, and celebrate their accomplishments while creating a safe space to work out the rest. Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders is an umbrella term which includes Anxiety, Depression, Psychosis, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder during pregnancy or up to 1 year postpartum. Statistically, 1 in 5 women are diagnosed and less than half are treated.

— Tina Gutman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in West Bloomfield, MI

Pregnancy, birth, and parenthood can bring us face-to-face with intense emotions, utter exhaustion, and overwhelming demands and expectations. Isolation, frustration, frightening thoughts and self-doubt don’t have to be your new normal. With the right support, you can become the parent you want to be, reconnect with yourself and your community. I have completed specialized training in perinatal mental health, including a year-long clinical training group through Perinatal Support of Washington.

— Shannon Budelman, Counselor in Seattle, WA

I have additional training in treating perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Additionally I am a trained Bringing Baby Home facilitator and enjoy helping parents navigate the transition from being a couple to becoming a family. In my private practice I work with parents in all stages of parenting; from pregnancy and taking care of a newborn, to parenting teens, to having an empty nest - I enjoy helping parents navigate through the natural transitions that come with parenting.

— Gwendolyn Nelson-Terry, Marriage & Family Therapist in Kansas City, MO

I am Perinatal Mental Health Certified by Postpartum Support International. Women work with me anywhere between making the decision to become pregnant, throughout their pregnancy, during the first 12 months after birth and beyond. Most of the moms I work with are adjusting to their first experience as a mother, setting new boundaries with family members, and figuring out how to balance taking care of themselves and a new baby.

— Meghan Coltrane, Counselor in Asheville, NC

After becoming interested in this area, I received training through Postpartum Support International, and am currently the Co-coordinator for the PSI-IL Chapter. I began working in the Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Program at Edward Hospital. I currently work as a therapist for the MOMS Line, a 24 hr hotline for moms. In my practice, I see women with fertility issues, & pregnant/ pp moms with depression, anxiety, OCD, and birth trauma.

— Dawn Leprich-Graves, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chicago, IL

Many women experience shifts in mood during and after pregnancy. Our work together will focus on normalizing what is happening, and support you in developing practical skills for taking care of yourself during this important season.

— Brittany Boney, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

I partner with women during pregnany and in the postpartum period to provide education, medication management, therapy, and coaching during the perinatal period. I am certified in Perinatal Mental Health and treat women with postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, and psychosis. I am one of the only provider's with expertise in postpartum psychosis. Intensive pregnancy-focused retreats for expectant families provide a foundation for care throughout the perinatal period.

— Michele Davidson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Virginia Beach, VA

For new moms, it can be upsetting and frightening to have feelings about motherhood that don’t seem “right.” If you are experiencing feeling overwhlemed and afraid, havng racing thoughts, not feeling “bonded” with the baby, feeling empty & numb as if you’re just going through the motions, lack focus & concentration, or are generally depressed and sad please call for your initial assessment. The Minding Moms groups can help.

— Suzette Clark, Counselor in McKinney, TX

We have multiple highly trained providers who focus on Perinatal, Maternal Mental Heath and Postpartum work. We also have supervisors who have mentored and trained others in these areas, ran groups on the topics and work with infertility with all families/partner sets.

— Willis Counseling & Consulting Group Practice, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chicago, IL

Motherhood is simultaneously a magical and challenging time in ones life. There are a number of big feelings both from our children and from ourselves and at times we can all use a safe space to sort these feeling out. I recognize this as a mom myself. I completed an intensive post-graduate certification program in Maternal Mental Health at Postpartum Support International (PSI) and later became certified as a perinatal mental health provider (PMH-C).

— Jaimi Martin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

While I am trained to effectively treat perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, anxiety, trauma and OCD, I always hope to reach women before symptoms get to that point. I am skilled at identifying and supporting women through common (and uncommon) challenges associated with pregnancy, adoption and postpartum health. It is now recommended that women who are high risk for anxiety/depression seek out support as early as possible, even before becoming pregnant/adopting.

— Felicity Colangelo, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, ME

Becoming a parent is one of the biggest changes you can go through. From fluctuating hormones, to body changes, to having another human completely depend upon you. While many expect this time to be joyous, the pregnancy and postpartum time period can also bring about mixed up feelings. It's okay to not feel okay during this time. I help new parents navigate all that comes with the pregnancy and postpartum time period. I was trained by the Seleni Institute in Maternal Mental Health in order to best serve new parents--especially those who may be dealing with a perinatal mood disorder, infertility, or pregnancy loss. I want to honor your story of parenthood--however it looks to you--and help you to find joy within it. Despite all the hardships of being a new parent, there IS joy to be found.

— Ilyse Kennedy, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

As a treater who has been trained by Postpartum Support International (and as a parent of two), I have a lot of knowledge around conditions surrounding pregnancy. In particular for those struggling to adjust to having a new baby, I work with moms and dads on establishing supportive connection with each other and others in order to combat the struggles you may be experiencing. I also utilize CBT techniques to challenge thought processes that may occur in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.

— Kate Gebbie, Licensed Professional Counselor in , CT

It is a privilege and pleasure to serve people working to get pregnant, pregnant folks and those struggling with the joys and postpartum. I also specialize in parenting concerns. I lead groups for LGBTQ folks working to get pregnant and those pregnant and welcoming a new baby to their families. i serve all types of families, from solo parents to non-traditional groups of folks raising children. It is a special pleasure to serve my own queer/trans communities as they become parents.

— Elana Story, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

I am passionate about helping mothers navigate the experience of parenting as spiritual journey. How to use mindfulness to cultivate emotions such as curiosity, peace, gratitude and acceptance about what is. Mothering has been one of my most expansive experiences, offering numerous opportunities for growth... usually by way of triggers. Children are quite skilled in helping us identify areas in need of self reflection and attention.

— Danielle Knapp, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Austin, TX

Motherhood is transformative, but not necessarily in that "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" sort of way. If you do feel like the big beautiful butterfly at the back of the book, you probably don't need to be reading this profile. Here's the thing: having help with this transition is essential. I have been working with expectant and new mothers for the last four years in my practice and I am a big fan of Karen Kleiman's work. I am also called to serve women who have experienced reproductive trauma and loss through miscarriage, infertility, birth trauma, and genetic diagnosis and conditions that affect whether and how she is able to have children.

— Ann Stoneson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

With a background in attending families before, during and after birth in hospitals and at home, I have a unique perspective on how families adjust to a new baby. I also have training from Postpartum Support International, which helps me address particular complications of PMADs (Postpartum mood and anxiety disorders). This can be a scary experience for new parents and I can help address the biological and psychological effects through education and a body-centered approach.

— Gabby Grunewald, Marriage & Family Therapist in Minneapolis, MN

You thought being a mom would be a natural transition and pregnancy would be a breeze. You hear people talk about the miracle of birth and how a baby can bring such joy...but right now you don't feel very happy. You are exhausted, stressed, and overwhelmed...and thats ok! You are doing the best you can, you just have to believe it. You need to gain the confidence to know that you are a SUPERMOM. I can help you gain back the swag that you had before the baby. Just because you had a baby doesn't mean that you have to give up the part that back you...well you. You can be a mom and a BOSS. I can help you get there.

— Jessica Jefferson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Plantation, FL