Postpartum

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

Nancy Pearson, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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.

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Geraldine Kuphal (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

T1961

Certified Perinatal Mental Health Specialist

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Sarah Craycraft

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC

I have experience working with postpartum depression and anxiety. If you are struggling with the transition of being a new parent, it can feel incredibly overwhelming and isolating.

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Caitlin Beckwith-Ferguson (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MA, LMFT, CCTP

I completed the labor and postpartum doula training at Birthingway College of Midwifery and bring this knowledge to my work. I understand that pregnancy and postpartum is a huge time of transition. I will support you through making sense of this new identity and huge new responsibility. We will explore how it impacts your relationships and your sense of self. We will celebrate the joy you experience and honor the hardship of this journey.

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Alicia Banister

Professional Counselor Associate

I have completed trainings in Birth Trauma and Postpartum Mental Health.

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Kate Parker-Shames (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMFT

I specialize in work with parents, women, and families experiencing perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety, in transitioning to parenthood, processing birth and trauma, pregnancy losses, and in healing during pregnancy and in the years following a new baby. I have completed certificate training as a Perinatal Mental Health provider. Infants and young children are welcome in sessions.

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Kaysey Crump (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, PMH-C

I am certified in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) through Postpartum Support International and specialize in treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

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Lara D'Amore

Licensed Professional Counselor

I enjoy working with new parents through pregnancy, postpartum and beyond. While a new baby is something to be celebrated, the adjustment to parenthood, changes in family dynamics, social isolation and hormonal factors can be overwhelming. I work to help normalize your experience and develop strategies to receive the care you deserve.

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Jenny Kepler (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

I'm passionate about this phase in life, the early days of parenting, and am committed to helping moms through this rocky time. I have been working with women around childbirth for over 20 years and have advanced training in postpartum and parent/infant psychology.

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Alicia Krawczyk (She/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, CCM, PMH-C

Perinatal therapy is focused on supporting women through their journey in parenthood and regaining your self as you navigate this phase of your life. Whether this is your first pregnancy or your fifth, each pregnancy and birth is unique. Each pregnancy and birth bring different but significant change, stress, and worry to life whether it was planned or unplanned.

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Kristen Genzano (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, NCC

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.

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Sara Carmona (She/Her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, PMH-C

Nearly 1 in 6 women and 1 in 10 men experience a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. The symptoms arrive at a time when the demands and the stakes are high; the last place a postpartum parent wants to be is in a therapist's office. As a parent of 3, I understand. We will balance the exploration of feelings with concrete steps to help you feel better and come to enjoy parenthood.

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Alicia Turgesen (She/Her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MA, LMFT

Becoming a parent is one of the biggest transitions one can experience in life and not nearly supported as much as it should be. You're given some tools on how to plan for the labor and delivery but not how it will impact your relationship(s) or your mental health. As a result, many new parents are left in the dark, trying to figure out how to be a parent to a baby and be a parent with their partner...it's incredibly challenging. So let's work together to help you feel more supported.

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Kristen Seghete (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

PhD, PMH-C

I provide services for most postpartum mental health concerns and symptoms - including depression, anxiety, intrusive thoughts, birth trauma, NICU experiences, and perinatal loss. I also have expertise in parent-infant bonding, which is therapy focused on enhancing bonding between a birthing parent and their infant.

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Family Roots Therapy

Licensed Professional Counselor

Our postpartum/perinatal counselors have completed advanced training from Postpartum Support International to learn how to address the complex needs of postpartum individuals and families. This includes mothers, fathers, and couples. We have therapists who are competent in supporting trans and nonbinary individuals, who are often overlooked in postpartum treatment.

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ALISSA BURNHAM (She/Hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, PMH-C

Postpartum falls under the umbrella of "perinatal mental health" and can come with depression, anxiety, challenges with adjusting to a new life and shifts in primary/family relationships.

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Courtney Burns

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

This new season of life is filled with complex feelings of joy, fear and loss. Perhaps, post-partum life just is not what you thought it would be. Talking with a therapist that can relate and understands what you are going through is an important step towards growth.

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Julia Chapman (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT T1622

Navigating emotional, physical and social changes after having a baby can be incredibly isolating and challenging. I work with new parents to help them adjust, modify expectations, and find support after this big change in life. As a parent myself I also have empathy and knowledge about new parenthood.

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Deborah Nichols LPC, NCC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC

My approach to therapy with expecting and new moms comes from a place of compassion and understanding: knowing that you don’t have to lose yourself when you become a mother; you can move through motherhood with confidence meeting the challenges as they come.

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Abe Hatch

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I provide evidenced based support for parents who are experiencing difficulty in adjusting to parenthood or in bonding with their child. Much of the time, bonding or attachment issues are experienced as behavioural problems in the child or inadequacies in the parent. My approach is to help slow down the parent and create space for them to reflect on themselves and have more understanding of the ways in which they can change or improve their experience of parenthood and their child.

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Kelly Sullivan (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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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 received extensive training in pregnancy and postpartum mental health and worked in a hospital birthing center and NICU.

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Dr. Sarah Kendrick (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

PMH-C, CCTS-f, c-CBE

The postpartum period brings pressure to be better than however & whoever we are in the moment. People plan for, mourn, & wearily raise babies fighting the inherent needs, aches, & discomfort of being human. I help folx find their wise & adaptive parts the world has deemed unruly, so they can feel the gorgeous-mess of it all & know that vitality is inherent too. The grasp of depression, anxiety, grief, or fear is not loosened by battle, but by the addition of safety, relationship, & being seen.

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Amy Galaviz (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC, PMH-C

Life after baby can be an unexpected experience filled with feelings and challenges you may not have anticipated. For some mothers, being surrounded by others who may not understand their struggle, 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 I am here to help. Reach out today at www.mindbodymamapdx.com (*I am a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Provider.)

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Alisha Phillips (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

There are few more critically life-changing and difficult times in a person's life than the postpartum year+. Many women feel like their emotions at this time are "wrong" which leads to waiting to reach out for support. We are meant to have a caring, nurturing village and you are not alone! COVID19 has made this time even more isolated. Please reach out, I will do my best to squeeze you in. I have training from WellMama and Postpartum Support International (check out their online resources too!)

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