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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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

My experience treating pregnant and postpartum women over the past seven years has given me the tools to identify which factors--including a stressful labor and delivery, a history of depression and/or anxiety, and past trauma--need to be addressed to heal perinatal depression and anxiety, and strengthen the parent-child relationship. My training includes a postdoctoral specialization in infant mental health, attachment- and trauma-informed interventions, and clinical assessment.

— Pamela Hamer, Psychologist
 

Becoming a mother is the most difficult and complicated adjustment you will ever experience. Your body and life will never be the same. From the moment you share the news of your pregnancy, anyone and everyone seems to have an opinion, and it feels like you're wearing a t-shirt that says, "Please Advise Me On Caring For My Future Child." Don't try to get through this time alone. Let's talk about creating a plan to make sure you stay mentally healthy even on very little sleep.

— Kayce Hodos, Counselor in Wake Forest, NC

I have specialized training In Perinatal Mood Disorders through Postpartum Support International.

— Tameka Whittlesey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

Kimberly is certified in perinatal mental health; this encompasses the scope of mental health during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Depression, anxiety, OCD and other mood disorders can onset during the perinatal period, not to mention the transitions in the family. Kimberly is passionate about helping families conquer the mental health challenges and transitions that often occur during the perinatal period.

— Kimberly Hansley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX
 

I have been running a permpartum support group for approximately three years and it is by far what I look forward to in my working life. I love working with women in transition and supporting them during this new stage in life.

— Annie Buxbaum, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA

I work with mom's who are experiencing post partum depression and anxiety. I also work with mamma's to think about the transition of their identity into motherhood.

— Katie Beers, Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO
 

I have several certifications and trainings in perinatal and postpartum mood issues, including the certificate training from Postpartum Support International. I have also trained with Karen Kleiman of the Postpartum Stress Center. My practice is also closely connected to Boston OBGYN, a leading group of physicians for women affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston.

— Jessica Foley, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Waltham, MA

The pregnancy can be a joyous and exciting time, it is not uncommon for women to be overwhelmed by the changes occurring in the body and the many plans to be made to prepare for a new child. Because the mind and body act as time machines, these changes can sometimes trigger unexpected feelings and fears that may be related to the past or present. I have supported hundreds of women of color through their pregnancy, the 4th trimester and beyond.

— Jeanie Vetter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oceanside, CA
 

Therapy can be a place to figure out how to adjust to parenthood and how to cope with the pressures that come with this new role. It also provides you with a place to get support for what you are going through. I work with men and women who are struggling with this adjustment in a more mild form as well as men and women who are experiencing postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.

— Ginny Kington, Psychologist in Duluth, GA

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 , VA
 

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

You’ve got a little one now. Congratulations! This new season of life is full of complex feelings of joy, fear and loss. Perhaps, life post partum just isn’t what you thought it would be. Maybe your past childhood trauma (that you worked so hard on in therapy) has popped back up again in light of now being a parent yourself. Having a space to be honest about these feelings and experiences can help you be the parent you want to be.

— Courtney Burns, Therapist in Portland, OR
 

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

In pregnancy and the postpartum period a multitude of different feelings and experiences arise due to the unique process. Some can be expected, and match norms popularized by dominant media, and others can feel foreign, “not right”, or cause grief and shame because they do not match the popularized norms. This life changing experience forces you to reform your identity, whether it be your 1st pregnancy or 5th. I can hold the feelings that arise and help you become the caregiver you hope to be.

— Jennifer Alt, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

Trying to add a child to your life doesn't always turn out the way you expected. Sometimes there are struggles with conception, pregnancy complications, or even birth and related challenges. This time in your life can be especially isolating and can increase the stress, grief, and sadness that you experience in your life. Through emotional support, we can help you feel less alone in your experience.

— Dr. Dowtin, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

When I first saw postpartum depression, I didn’t know it. I had been all about resilience beginning in the womb until I saw her ashamed, sobbing on a pile of 5-steps-to-perfect-mothering books. I hid her books & held her & the baby. It was all I knew to do. I became certified in treating prenatal & postpartum mood disorders because I realized people can't grow resilient babies without support for their own flourishing. I now help people become safe, seen, & supported in birth & beyond.

— Sarah Kendrick, Mental Health Counselor in Portland, OR
 

We treat Perinatal/Postpartum/Maternal OCD, providing moms-to-be and new moms who are suffering with OCD symptoms effective treatment. We offer treatment for both maternal themes, such as an intense fear of harming or contaminating your infant, as well as any other subtype of OCD during pregnancy and postpartum. Should any OCD symptoms persist after the perinatal period, we continue to provide care to our clients throughout the entirety of their OCD treatment journey.

— North Shore OCD Women's Treatment Center, Ltd. Kathi Fine Abitbol, PhD, Clinical Psychologist in Deerfield, IL