Maternal Mental Health

IMG_2188Bringing a child into a family can inspire an abundance of joy and wonder. Just as often, it brings unexpected challenges – to pregnant and postpartum parents, to parents who struggle to conceive or experience loss, and to parents who adopt. In my practice, all of these experiences fall under the umbrella of Maternal Mental Health.

Whether you are a biological or adoptive mother, trying to become a mother, or the partner of a mother, your mental health and wellbeing matters. You may be struggling with exhaustion, irritability, anger, fear, depression, anxiety, guilt, racing or scary thoughts, loss of interest and pleasure, relationship and sexuality problems, body image issues, or insomnia. Whether you are experiencing acute distress or are simply trying to adjust to a “new normal,” all women need and deserve a supportive space where they can be nurtured and receive experienced, professional care.

Help is available. You are not alone.

I have extensive training and am experienced in providing individual, family, and group psychotherapy, consultation, crisis intervention, and education for:

• Mental health in pregnancy
• Postpartum mental health
• Infant/pregnancy loss and elective termination
• Infertility and assisted reproduction treatments

Individual and family psychotherapy: Sessions are typically 50 to 60 minutes and can occur weekly or more frequently as needed. I will work to support, hear, and understand you, while also providing feedback, solutions, and resources that can help you feel better. Depending on your needs, I may offer assessment and screening tools so I can better understand what help is needed right away. When indicated, I can make referrals to other providers for medications, medical care, and alternative health and wellness care in the community.

Partners and babies are welcome to accompany you, and I aim to provide a calm, comforting environment where you can feel at ease while nursing, feeding, or caring for your child.

Group support: I also offer a weekly drop-in community support gathering for new and expecting moms. Click here to learn more.