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
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.
I\'ve had some training on perinatal mental health concerns and experienced postpartum anxiety and depression after the birth of my first son, so I have a heart for others who are struggling with these issues.
Having gone through the experience of becoming a mother, I understand the transition into parenthood. This can be a very special, yet confusing time, and feeling supported is more important than ever. Whether you are experiencing depression, anxiety or trauma, I work with parents on how to navigate that transition into caring for yourselves while simultaneously caring for a new little human.
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.
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.
I specialize in maternal mental health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have completed trainings in Birth Trauma and Postpartum Mental Health.
I have experience volunteering with both Postpartum Support International (PSI) and Baby Blues Connection. I was a state co-coordinator and 'warm' line volunteer for PSI and co-facilitated new mom groups for Baby Blues Connection. One of my passions in my practice is working with mothers.
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.
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've been a volunteer with Baby Blues Connection, and know how helpful counseling can be for getting through those difficult postpartum times.