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

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 have a certificate in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International.

— Amanda Leno, Licensed Professional Counselor in Mesa, AZ

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
 

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

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
 

When I first saw postpartum depression, I didn’t know it. I saw someone full of shame, sobbing on a stack of 5-steps-to-perfect-mothering books. I hid her books & held her & the baby. It was all I knew to do. I went on to advocate for resilience beginning in the womb. I became certified in perinatal mental health because I won’t ask people to grow resilient babies without fiercely advocating for their own right to flourish. I now help people become safe, seen, & supported in birth & beyond.

— Sarah Kendrick, Mental Health Counselor in Portland, OR

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
 

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

— Martine Jones, Psychologist in Asheville, NC

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 have worked with pregnant women since 2001 and had participated in many trainings relate to Maternal Mental Health. I got the Postpartum Depression training with Postpartum Support International and the Advance Clinical training with Karen Kleiman at the Postpartum Stress Center in Pennsylvania. I belong to the board of directors of Postpartum Support International, Florida chapter.

— Ana Romero, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in MIRAMAR, FL, FL

It's really called Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder and not postpartum depression. That's because depression is not the only issue. There is anxiety, and a few other mood disorders that can be a part of a troubled perinatal period. You can be assisted with assessment tools, guidance and support. You and your baby can be just fine if you go for the help you need during this time. Include your core support group if you like because support is excellent.

— Antonia Allison, Marriage & Family Therapist in Diamond Bar, CA
 

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

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
 

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 a certificate in Maternal Mental Health.

— Kimberly Hansley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX
 

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

I became particularly interested in maternal mental health after the birth of my first daughter and enjoy supporting other mothers and parents as they transition to parenthood. Having experienced postpartum depression myself and now being certified in Perinatal Mental Health, I am attuned to the nuanced experience of mothers and caregivers and recognize that the path is not always linear. You are not alone!

— Karina Akouka, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

I became particularly interested in maternal mental health after the birth of my first daughter and enjoy supporting other mothers and parents as they transition to parenthood. Having experienced postpartum depression myself and now being certified in Perinatal Mental Health, I am attuned to the nuanced experience of mothers and caregivers and recognize that the path is not always linear. You are not alone!

— Karina Akouka, Licensed Clinical Social Worker