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

Therapy for woman can be a place where you finally feel heard. Where the stress of being a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, etc. can be fully understood and embraced. Where you can explore the thoughts you have about yourself and how other's see you. We challenge the myths and lies so that you can grow your self worth and claim your true identity.

— Afton Strate, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Overland Park, KS

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 in Plantation, FL

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

I have received specialized training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders through Postpartum Support International (PSI) and am working toward becoming certified in perinatal mental health (PMH-C).

— Jenna Lavoie, Licensed Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC

Whatever your exciting transition in life is, I can help guide, support and assist with making it more comfortable for you. Adjustment to parenthood is difficult. It can leave you feeling isolated and like nobody understands. Postpartum depression and anxiety can cause feelings of guilt that intervene into daily decision making. Sleep deprivation and hormone imbalance play a big role in how you function. We can identify what parts of self-care are missing and make you feel like yourself again.

— Wendi Knobel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hilliard, OH

The journey to motherhood looks different for everyone and is very challenging for many. I provide counseling for mothers who struggle emotionally in their pregnancies and postpartum period. 1 in 7 moms experience a perinatal mood disorder. I educate moms on the difference between the baby blues and postpartum depression and how to alleviate their symptoms so they can enjoy their pregnancy and/or their postpartum period.

— Kerri-Anne Brown, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Orlando, FL

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

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

Beauty and the Beast Jekkyll & Hyde just a few examples of the perinatal period. The divineness of motherhood with love and joy and admiration of a new life PLUS the hormone mood shifts, worry of being a "good enough" caregiver, and unexplainable fears. Not to mention the pregnancy "nesting" period madness... the birth experience with the retriggering of past trauma... then the breaking of intergenerational traumas, abuse and neglect. Let me help...

— Liz Walker, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

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

From pregnancy loss and complications to immediate postpartum to years post-babies, I'm here to help you heal in your journey. Coping with grief and loss, motherhood challenges, body changes, and parenting issues are all a part of being a mother. Finding support during pregnancy and postpartum is extremely important and I'm here to help you.

— Melodye Phillips, Counselor in Tyler, TX

I am a member of Postpartum Support International, and I am currently working on my Certification in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C). It is my calling to lift up mothers and moms-to-be during this absolutely transformative time.

— Amy Leigh Fernandez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Temecula, CA

Environmental stimuli in utero can prove to be maladaptive and adaptive to the developing fetus and subsequent stages of development. We utilize this principle of fetal adaptation for diagnostic purposes as well as unique maternal-fetal interventions aimed at optimizing development.

— Institute for Psychological Development (IPD), Clinical Psychologist in Atlanta, GA

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

We have received advanced post-graduate training from Postpartum Support International and the Seleni Institute to provide perinatal mental health services to those struggling with concerns related to family planning, infertility, pregnancy loss, and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs.)

— Sharon Itkoff Nacache, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

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

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 am an internationally sought out expert in perinatal mental health, including postpartum depression and anxiety, mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy/TTC, perinatal loss, including infertility, miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth and pregnancy after loss. I work with women, men, and relationships on making the transition to parenting. I am a trainer on PMADs, and offer an online Fourth Trimester school featuring a self-paced course focused on prevention: "Prevent Postpartum Depression."

— Abigail Burd, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

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

I have completed the "Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training for Mental Health and Clinical Professionals: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders" offered through Postpartum Support International and 2020 Mom.

— Bianca Martinez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Having experienced postpartum anxiety and OCD myself, I am well aware of the specific and unique needs of maternal mental health, including infertility, pregnancy loss, birth trauma, and mood disorders during and after pregnancy.

— Gina Abbondante, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Southampton, NJ

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 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

Motherhood, the toughest job to apply for and never retire from. It can test your limits while expanding them with mixed feelings of hope, fear, loss, and gain. From miscarriages, to births, to parenting, I'm here to say, "I get it" and "keep going" when you don't feel good enough or when you have hit your capacity. I also offer "Nap Sessions" which are video sessions you can do from home when your little one is down or napping on you!

— Jennifer Hershey, Counselor in Orange, CA

Working with women who are experiencing challenging emotions related to pregnancy, fertility, and during the postpartum period is an area I am particularly passionate about. Whether you are experiencing pregnancy or postpartum anxiety, depression, or challenges adjusting to motherhood, therapy can be an important source of support. If you are feeling overwhelmed, irritable, or experiencing emotional distress, you are not alone in this.

— Natalie Shahar, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Altos, CA

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 the pregnancy and childbirth experience developing birth plans and strategies to help individuals and couples adopt common values and beliefs on parenting, bonding as well as treat perinatal mood challenges.

— Aretha Hampton, Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

Becoming a mother is a massive transformation. It's a deconstruction of who you were and a reconstruction of who you are becoming, which includes a different biology, a different body, a different awareness and a different value system. This requires real growing pains which sometimes looks like anxiety or depression, or even scary thoughts. We are highly trained and compassionate – and curious about your experience.

— Family Tree Wellness, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, CA