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 advanced training in addressing perinatal mood disorders. Working to help women understand that mood changes during pregnancy are common and those mood symptoms can sometimes become severe enough to require treatment by a health provider.

— Tina Stoffel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tempe, AZ

Pregnancy and motherhood is the most profound change a woman goes through. We all know how beautiful it CAN be… how fulfilling and transcendent. Yet what if it doesn’t feel that way? What if you have had a traumatic experience because of pregnancy loss or complications? Or what if it feels entirely overwhelming, or you are feeling sad, angry, even empty? Is there a place for you to authentically express these feelings, without judgement? I know how all-consuming motherhood can be and that it can trigger all sorts of self-doubt, old traumas/memories and most often, GUILT. You are not alone… I understand these experiences on a very personal, and professional level. I have studied and trained on early attachment as well as issues around PPMD. I can guide you through the intricacies of pregnancy and motherhood with compassion and skill so that we can work towards finding you peace, healing and confidence. Transformation is possible.

— Erin Robbins, Counselor in Maplewood, NJ

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 specialize in perinatal mental health. Working in the hospital setting has trained me for crisis management and prevention during this critical period. If you’re struggling with moods, anxiety or something else during pregnancy planning, while pregnant or postpartum, please don’t hesitate to reach out for support. You deserve it!

— Genevieve Weiscovitz, Clinical Psychologist in Albany, CA

During this time, you may feel unsupported—by the culture we live in, and even by well-meaning friends and loved ones. I've been through this myself, and I have specialized training from the Seleni Institute in Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders and Perinatal Grief & Loss, and training from the Pregnancy & Postpartum Health Alliance of Texas in Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders. I'm here to help.

— Sara Miller, Counselor in Austin, TX

As pregnant women and new moms, there are so many expectations placed on us about how we should feel. Often, how you actually feel does not match up with how you think you should feel. You may struggle with crying, loneliness, obsessive worries, exhaustion, intrusive scary thoughts, relationship conflict. This experience can be isolating & overwhelming. I have completed training at the Seleni Institute and can help you to develop coping skills, build confidence and adjust to your new role.

— Patricia Wosleger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

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— Audrey Atkinson, Clinical Psychologist in Davidson, NC

Pregnancy and new parenthood is an exciting time in a person's life. A person's identity shifts dramatically during this normative event, but the aftershocks can feel unmooring. I have specialized training in working with postpartum and pregnancy mental health issues. I was appointed by Maryland's Governor to serve on the Maternal Mental Health Task Force to look at ways that the state can better serve new parents.

— Julie Bindeman, Psychologist in Rockville, MD

I trained through Postpartum Support International (PSI) after personal experience with postpartum mood disorders. I am a mother of 3, 2 of which are identical twins. I have become a twin expert and focus my practice on supporting other moms of twins so they can learn to embrace the chaos and really enjoy their kids. I'm familiar with many struggles and hardships women go through from infertility, high risk pregnancy, traumatic births and adjusting to mamahood.

— Lindsey Lowrance, Counselor in Lakewood, CO

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— Ashley Edwardson, Therapist in Aurora, CO

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 have worked with women postpartum regarding job/career issues/managing career and family.

— Stephanie Marshall, Counselor in Hilliard, OH

Infertility, pregnancy, postpartum, loss, paternal mental health, and maternal mental health all matter in the prenatal world. When faced with challenges, either expected or unexpected compassion and support are key to acceptance and growth. Specialized training for this population is necessary for many who face these challenges.

— Cathleen Olson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Vero Beach, FL

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

I am very passionate about the work I do with parents (Moms AND Dads!) who are suffering from postpartum mood disorders. I am specially trained to provide treatment for mamas and families who are being impacted by pregnancy-related concerns and for postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, as well as treatment for birth trauma. Basically, anything related to post-baby adjustment.

— Amanda Martin, Clinical Social Worker in Ada, MI

I offer individual therapy for moms and parents in the expectant and postpartum stages. Whether your goal is to overcome grief and/or loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, or the myriad of other experiences that can manifest at this time in life, we can work together to help you develop the self-compassion, connection, and reflection needed to increase your sense of well-being and relationships.

— Danielle Powell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kingston, NY

Even the strongest, most connected couples experience difficulties with the exciting and overwhelming adjustment to parenthood. With lack of sleep, shits in roles, loss of spontaneity for time as a couple, and increased financial responsibilities, it can feel extremely stressful. Research shows that 67% of couples report a decline in relationship satisfaction for several years after having a baby. Therefore, pregnancy and postpartum therapy are highly recommended!

— Kate Campbell, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Lauderdale, FL

One in five moms experience anxiety, depression, OCD, or other mental health problem around their pregnancy, and every mom experiences an adjustment period. Today, there are more demands on moms than ever, yet less fewer friends, sisters, and grandparents close by to help. Moms also find their relationships change with a new baby. Therapy's a place for moms to be real about their struggles, without judgment. I equip moms where needed & empower them to trust they have what it takes to be a mom.

— Dana Frederick, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Marietta, GA

I support moms who are experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders as well as parents affected by pregnancy loss, stress, marital strain, parenting conflicts, divorce, trauma and grief. I work to help mothers move through their profound personal journeys, recognizing that this identity shift evokes questions around purpose, roles, values, relationships, and beliefs. I focus treatment on embracing, adapting, and redefining the self while learning how to move forward with confidence.

— Heather Douglas, Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

I spent the first part of my career working exclusively with children, which included a large amount of caregiver support, and led me to seek more specialization to support new parents (partners included) during such a vulnerable life chapter. I am trained in Maternal Mental Health (including perinatal mood disorders) by Postpartum Support International, and have collaborative relationships with various members of the local birthing community (doulas, midwives, lactation consultants).

— Allison Staiger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Metairie, LA

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

I treat women who have experienced perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, traumatic birth experiences, infertility, and pregnancy/infant loss. I am a provider through Postpartum Support Virginia, as well, and have certifications through Postpartum Support International.

— Kriston Nixon, Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia Beach, VA