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 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

I have a special interest and training in maternal mental health concerns. My approach to counseling seeks to provide psychoeducation to destigmatize client experiences while implementing strategies to decrease distress and increase functioning.

— Andrea Harris, Licensed Professional Counselor in Commerce Township, MI

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

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

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

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

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 Lynchburg, VA

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

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

The process of becoming a parent can be both incredibly joyful as well as incredibly stressful. I believe there cannot be enough sources of support for parents along their entire journey. Whether you would like to talk with someone through the post-partum “blues” or concerned with feeling anxious and low, therapy can be a safe, non-judgmental space to gain clarity and validation for the wild emotional ride of becoming a parent.

— Stephanie Thrower, Psychologist in Woburn, MA

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

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

Perinatal mental health (pregnancy through one year postpartum) and maternal mental health (moms of older children) are the heart and soul of my practice. Trained and certified as a Perinatal Mental Health Professional through Postpartum Support International, I support perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, trauma related to the journey into parenthood, and adjustment to/the tricky pains that come up from your own history when you become a parent.

— Shana Averbach, Counselor in San Francisco, CA

The journey becoming a mother, having a baby, changing roles, losing your identity etc is one that is not easy. It's supposed to be joyous and instead all of these other issues come at you. After having my own experience with postpartum anxiety and depression go unrecognized, it became an incredible passion of mine to make sure that didn't happen to any other Mother. I am certified by PSI on post partum mood disorders and aim to have mothers feel like themselves again and enjoying motherhood

— Sarah Gugluizza, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Stone Ridge, NY

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

— Stephanie Marshall, Counselor in Hilliard, OH

Research has shown that CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is an effective treatment for depression symptoms during and after pregnancy. I combine CBT with deep listening and a supportive, solution-focused approach to postpartum counseling, so that you can start to feel more like yourself and be able to enjoy this time with your family.

— Cynthia Fong, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

When you are facing struggles getting pregnant, staying pregnant or managing the transition to early motherhood, you can absolutely benefit from the support of a therapist specialized in treating maternal mental health. As a new mother myself, I am extremely passionate about helping fellow moms (and dads) throughout the entire process. I hold a Certificate in Perinatal Mood Disorders from Postpartum Support International and stay up to date on the latest research and treatment recommendations.

— Margie Slater, Clinical Psychologist in Encino, CA

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

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

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