Welcoming a baby can elicit many powerful emotions. New moms can expect to feel excitement, fear and everything in between. Mood swings, crying spells, anxiety, depression and difficulty sleeping are not at all uncommon and typically start to fade within a couple of weeks of childbirth. However, some women develop serious postpartum depression, characterized by feelings of extreme sadness and anxiety that might interfere with a woman’s ability to care for herself or her family. Therapists specializing in postpartum issues can help women struggling with the common, and usually less serious, “baby blues” and those suffering from severe postpartum depression.
Local Experts in Postpartum
I am passionate about this phase in life, and am committed to helping moms through this rocky time. I have been working with women around childbirth for the past 12 years and have advanced training in postpartum and parent/infant psychology.
I have a special interest in supporting women at all stages, but especially through pregnancy and motherhood. I am a member of Postpartum Support International and have additional training in perinatal mental health including perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Postpartum depression and anxiety do not discriminate - estimates show that at least 20% of women who give birth are affected. For too long there has been stigma about postpartum depression/anxiety. I endeavor to validate the experiences of individuals who have adverse experiences related to pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting.
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.
I was the first male practitioner to work at the postpartum wellness clinic SPHD outside of Chicago. There I specialized in working with both women and men experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety disorders. I use mindfulness-based and interpersonal therapies to help you feel better and be the best self and parent you can be.
Many women experience an increase in depression or anxiety/panic during and after pregnancy. Our work together will focus on normalizing what is happening to you, and support you in developing practical skills for taking care of yourself during this important season.
In 2015 I completed a year-long training and consultation group focused on perinatal/postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. I approach this work from a holistic perspective, collaborating with you to identify the multiple factors that contribute to your wellbeing during and after pregnancy.
Becoming a mother is the most intense transition a woman can go through in her life. New parents have great stresses on them and relationships and wellness can become taxed when baby arrives. Prioritize your well-being in this time. I can help you identify and tap into support, mend toxic patterns of thought that keep you suffering alone, and help you strengthen your self-belief.
I myself had experience with a postpartum mental health crisis. I experienced postpartum psychosis, and was hospitalized in a mental health facility. Since then, I've written and told my story in several different public settings, and I've forged connections with Baby Blues Connection and Postpartum International, as well as other mothers struggling through similar experiences.
Nearly 1 in 7 women and 1 in 10 men experience a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. The symptoms arrive at a time when both the demands and the stakes are high; the last place a postpartum parent wants to be is in a therapist's office. As a mother of 3, I understand. We will balance the exploration of feelings with concrete steps to help you feel better and come to enjoy parenthood.
Life after baby can be an unexpected experience filled with feelings and challenges you may not have anticipated. For some moms, being surrounded by others who may not understand their grief, can further lead them to feel isolated and increase feelings of despair. I am here to let you know that you are not alone, and with the right help, you can get through this challenging time. Reach out today.
I specialize in maternal mental health.
Postpartum mood issues are more common than we talk about. You are not alone. Taking care of you is just as important as taking care of your baby.
The post-partum period challenges people’s views of themselves, their careers, their relationships, and who they want to be as a parent. And all on very little sleep. I have worked in a hospital birthing center and NICU and keep an eye toward the practicalities of sleeping, eating, and support, while counseling a woman or couple through the emotional and philosophical changes.
The postpartum period is one of the most sensitive periods in a family\'s life. Major shifts in life experience mingle with the joy of bringing new life into the world and are unsettling for mothers, fathers, and siblings. I have trained to assist you with both the practical and the emotional and can help you smooth out this very important period of transition.
As a mother of two, I understand personally the transition into parenthood. It is an amazing right of passage that is often taken as a matter of course, or celebrated with consumerist ideals. Often though, we find that something is missing, or that it wasn't quite what we had expected. This is normal and I provide a safe and understanding space to work through these feelings.
I am certified by Postpartum Support International in the treatment of Postpartum and pregnancy mood disorders. I am also a member of both the Postpartum Support International and Baby Blues Connection. I offer support not only to the mother, but also to the family and couple going through the \'fourth trimester\' and beyond