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

Becoming a mother might be one of the most hardest but transformative experiences of our lives. Nothing can really prepare you for all the changes that you experience, the challenges that arise but the immense love you have for your child. There are moments of pure joy, but also ones that test every part of your being. There are moments of, I can’t do this anymore. Am I the only feeling this? Why don’t I feel the same anymore. Know, Mama, you are not alone.

— April Brown, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Miami, FL

I have specialized training in maternal mental health through Postpartum Support International.

— Martine Jones, Psychologist in Asheville, NC

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

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

Dana Raphael defined the monumental physical, social and emotional changes of motherhood as matrescence. This period of time is perhaps more transformative and difficult than any other and women are often expected to float through all its changes as if it should come naturally. I would love to walk alongside you to help ease the fears, grieve the losses and celebrate the joys.

— LeAnn Meckley, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Durham, NC

I am trained in Perinatal Mental Health issues through Postpartum Support International, and I am a survivor of postpartum depression. I see myself as a mental doula, guiding you through the emotional and hormonal shifts that can happen during and after pregnancy, and I take a collaborative approach to working with the woman and her midwife or doctor to best support her health, well-being, and attachment to her new child.

— Leah Rockwell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Mercersburg, PA

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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Minneapolis, MN

Being pregnant and having a child is a big life transition that many women don't share the normal "downs" of these experiences. feeling blue, having body issues, having an existential crisis, questioning if you are a "good" parent," feeling guilt, returning to work and all that that entails and so much more. While a fulfilling role to many, we all experience some feeling associated with these.

— Maria Burch, Counselor in San Francisco, CA

Being pregnant can bring about many new emotions and decisions. There is fear of miscarriage, medical results and anxiety around body image concerns. Likewise being a new mother can be a joyous occasion, while also fraught with sadness, anxiety and overwhelming exhaustion. Women experience grief over a loss of self while experiencing the demands of their new baby during the postpartum period.

— Laura Baldwin, Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

Pregnancy and motherhood are filled with expectations of joy and happiness. When expectations are not met, it can result in a variety of mixed emotions. Things may not be discussed due to fear or embarrassment. Some women believe that something is wrong with them and suffer in silence. Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs a woman can do. Counseling and support is provided for women in all stages from preconception to the postpartum period. Let’s talk about your reality.

— April Thomas-Kenney, Clinical Social Worker in Fort Morgan, CO

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