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

Maternal health and wellness is a focus near and dear to my heart. As a mom of 3 children I know the pressures that motherhood brings and the struggle to balance all the things! I love helping moms find their identity again and just supporting them through those times that can feel never ending.

— Kristin Bowles, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Dedham, MA

I support moms who are experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders as well as parents affected by pregnancy loss, stress, marital strain, parenting conflicts, divorce, trauma and grief. I work to help mothers move through their profound personal journeys, recognizing that this identity shift evokes questions around purpose, roles, values, relationships, and beliefs. I focus treatment on embracing, adapting, and redefining the self while learning how to move forward with confidence.

— Heather Douglas, Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

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

Infertility, pregnancy, postpartum, loss, paternal mental health, and maternal mental health all matter in the prenatal world. When faced with challenges, either expected or unexpected compassion and support are key to acceptance and growth. Specialized training for this population is necessary for many who face these challenges.

— Cathleen Olson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Vero Beach, FL

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

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

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

As a counselor certified in Perinatal Mental Health, I have the training, resources, and experience to provide these clients with the support they need.

— Jacqueline Holden, Counselor in , OR

Therapists who have extensive education and training in post-partum disorders understand that hormone changes, personal and family history, and social support are all vital factors in understanding and alleviating postpartum symptoms. I have specialized training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), and support women experiencing a wide range of struggles throughout their reproductive and postpartum journey.

— Becky Stuempfig, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encinitas, CA

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

I treat women who have experienced perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, traumatic birth experiences, infertility, and pregnancy/infant loss. I am a provider through Postpartum Support Virginia, as well, and have certifications through Postpartum Support International.

— Kriston Nixon, Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia Beach, VA


— Miriam Zuroff, Psychologist in Farmington Hills, MI

Motherhood changes you in every possible way. Those first couple years are tough, you are in the thick of and you will rise out a stronger and better person because of it. Getting support is imperative for your emotional well-being. Therapy can be a safe and supportive place to talk about your concerns, process these huge changes going on in your life and get support for the changing dynamics of your relationship.

— Melissa Morais Parr, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Carlsbad, CA

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 Southfield, MI

I have post-graduate training in supporting birthing people and their partners during the preconception, prenatal, and postpartum periods. This can mean offering support with navigating normative experiences, navigating anxiety and depression during this time, or preparing for the next steps in your journey.

— Allison Prine, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I have a certificate in Maternal Mental Health.

— Kimberly Hansley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

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 am an infant mental health specialist and work directly with new parents/caregivers and their babies, providing developmental guidance and relationship-based support to strengthen dyadic attachment between infants and caregivers. I work with expectant parents, grieving parents, and people who are struggling to become parents. I have extensive experience working with mothers experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and helping them to find enjoyment in their babies.

— Samantha Pugh, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Lafayette, CO

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

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

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

During this time, you may feel unsupported—by the culture we live in, and even by well-meaning friends and loved ones. I've been through this myself, and I have specialized training from the Seleni Institute in Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders and Perinatal Grief & Loss, and training from the Pregnancy & Postpartum Health Alliance of Texas in Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders. I'm here to help.

— Sara Miller, Counselor in Austin, TX

As a Certified Perinatal Maternal Health (PMH-C) my passion is supporting women and families, especially as they embark on the journey into pregnancy and the postpartum period. This journey takes many unexpected turns and this life transition is unlike any other and with so much external pressure to feel joy it can be hard to allow ourselves to full embark on this journey and feel our best. Everyone goes through difficult times in life; the greatest act of courage is the ability to ask for help!

— Michelle Friedman, Clinical Social Worker

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

Many women experience shifts in mood during and after pregnancy. Our work together will focus on normalizing what is happening, and support you in developing practical skills for taking care of yourself during this important season.

— Brittany Boney, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

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 am in the process of taking the PSI certification exam for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMADs). This is a near and dear specialty for me and I love working with moms and their families.

— Melissa Nefalar, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in CHULA VISTA, CA