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

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

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

Ever since I have become a mother myself, I strive to help parents in their lifelong journey of parenthood. In our society there are a lot of pressures that make this journey more taxing on women’s mental health. Postpartum depression is the most widespread complication of pregnancy. The timely intervention will help resolve the issue faster and will leave you more time to enjoy the motherhood.

— Azhar Sultanova, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Lake Oswego, OR

The pregnancy and postpartum period include much change, transitions, and adaptation. Our normal abilities to cope and regulate with the changes is impacted by our predispositions, biology/hormones, mental health, and available supports/resources. Some men and women are impacted with higher levels of anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts, or obsessions and compulsions.

— Priscilla Gilbert, Counselor in Camas, WA

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 specialize in working with pregnant mothers and mothers with children of all ages. I understand the difficulty in being a working parent, as well as the struggle of being a stay at home mom to little ones. I have two boys of my own, age 1 and 4.

— Allison Welliver, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

As a mother that experienced postpartum anxiety and depression I am dedicated to supporting expecting and postpartum mothers by proving gentle support. I use a combination of relational therapy and problem solving therapy to support mothers overcome the symptoms associated with perinatal and anxiety mood disorders.

— Grissel Marquez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oxnard, 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

I am currently on staff in the reproductive psychiatry clinic at the Pavilion for Women at Texas Children's Hospital where I have treated hundreds of women with reproductive concerns including infertility, miscarriage, pregnancy, postpartum, and menopause. In addition to understanding the physical aspects of these experiences, I also assist women in the shifting experience of one's body, identity, and lifestyle related to them.

— Lisa Valentine, Psychiatrist in Bellaire, TX

I focus my treatment on pregnant women experiencing physical complications, anxiety, and/or depression. I am trained by Postpartum Support International for pregnancy and postpartum mental health.

— Shenne Bend, Counselor

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

In addition to completing a year long internship at OHSU's Center for Women's Health, with a focus on perinatal mental health, reproductive health, perinatal loss and pelvic pain, I have completed on going training through Postpartum Support International. Most recently I have take advanced training and their certification exam for Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C).

— Margot Strauhull, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

The transition to parenthood is often more difficult than we expected it to be. Depression, anxiety, loss of identity, and an overall feeling of imbalance can happen when trying to conceive, during pregnancy, and during the postpartum period. I work with women and their spouses/partners during this overwhelming time in life to cope with the ups and downs and to heal from depression, loss, and trauma. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are treatable with therapy. I'm here to support you.

— Allison O'Brien, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Johns Creek, GA

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

The transition to parenthood can be an exciting time with many new changes. But, it can also bring feelings of overwhelm, vulnerability and sadness. My aim is to support you during this time using evidence-based approaches that help process your unique experiences or challenges. Together, we will co-create strategies to help manage your symptoms and get your emotional wellbeing back on track.

— Stevie Atkins, Therapist in Toronto,

As a perinatal therapist, I support parents during pregnancy and postpartum who are struggling with depression, anxiety or trauma.

— Katie Pollak, Clinical Psychologist in Valrico, FL

The birth of a child brings many expected and unexpected changes. It is often not an easy process adjusting to new roles and household dynamics. I work with women who are experiencing depression and/or anxiety during pregnancy or within the first year following childbirth.

— Andrea Harris, Licensed Professional Counselor in Walled Lake, MI

I love working with moms in all stages of motherhood, from trying to conceive to more seasoned parents. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are very common but significantly unrecognized and undiagnosed. I want to be a part of the movement to help women during this vulnerable time access the care and support that they need. I am in the process of obtaining my Certification in Perinatal Mental Health from Postpartum Support International.

— Sarah Hagen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fairfax, VA

You are having difficulty adjusting to becoming a parent and are wondering if this was a mistake. As a birthing parent or partner you are experiencing pregnancy/birth-related depression, anxiety, or stress. You feel like you are failing as a parent no matter what you do. I will hold the space for you to be an imperfect parent and partner to help you get back in touch with yourself and discover who you are as a parent, and redefine your parenting journey.

— Krysttel Stryczek, Marriage & Family Therapist in Mentor, OH

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

Having completed a certificate training with Postpartum Support International and worked extensively with parents, I am confident and skilled in meeting the unique needs of those in the perinatal period. Whether simply adjusting or experiencing a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD), I can help during this short (but long-feeling) time.

— Emily Bonelli-Padow, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA

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

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— Audrey Atkinson, Clinical Psychologist in Davidson, NC

If you are pregnant and preparing for birth, I can help you process lingering mental and emotional stress, and create some space and strength for whatever the birthing experience will bring you. If you're a new mom and feeling stressed, confused, overwhelmed or struggling with more severe symptoms of anxiety, depression or ptsd, I can help you process and integrate your experiences, craft a self-care plan for alleviating your symptoms and support you as you grow into your new role as a mother.

— Stacy Karp Mosher, Counselor in Portland, ME

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

Specialties include: infertility, miscarriage, perinatal & postpartum depression/anxiety, attachment & past trauma impacting current parenting anxieties or difficulties, & supporting couples through the transition of becoming parents Certifications: Maternal Mental Health Certification Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator Gottman Emotion Coach for Parents of children 3-15

— Linnea Logas, Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

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 Burbank, CA

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

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

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