Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum Therapists in Denver, CO

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Carly Elmgren
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
Denver, CO 80210  (Online Only)
Did you know that perinatal depression is the most underdiagnosed obstetric complication in America? Being a mom or mom-to-be can be an amazing experience...and, it can also be REALLY hard. So many women experience feelings of anxiety, scary thoughts about what might happen, tearfulness, anger/rage, an overall feeling of sadness or dread, and much, much more. Please know you are not alone and that there is help available!
Did you know that perinatal depression is the most underdiagnosed obstetric complication in America? Being a mom or mom-to-be can be an amazing experience...and, it can also be REALLY hard. So many women experience feelings of anxiety, scary thoughts about what might happen, tearfulness, anger/rage, an overall feeling of sadness or dread, and much, much more. Please know you are not alone and that there is help available!
(720) 807-7433 View (720) 807-7433
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Laura Goldner
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80209
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, work or relationship conflict, pregnancy, postpartum stress or parenting issues? Are you the adult child or partner of a narcissistic? You are not alone. And that it doesn't have to be this hard forever. Together we can help you listen to your intuition, find your own voice, and create the healing and changes you desire in your life. As a licensed clinical psychologist, I use my skills and expertise gathered from my work over more than 20 years,combined with personal experience as a woman, spouse and mother, to help you examine and change the situation with which you are struggling.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, work or relationship conflict, pregnancy, postpartum stress or parenting issues? Are you the adult child or partner of a narcissistic? You are not alone. And that it doesn't have to be this hard forever. Together we can help you listen to your intuition, find your own voice, and create the healing and changes you desire in your life. As a licensed clinical psychologist, I use my skills and expertise gathered from my work over more than 20 years,combined with personal experience as a woman, spouse and mother, to help you examine and change the situation with which you are struggling.
(303) 378-0501 View (303) 378-0501
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Aj Grovert
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Denver, CO 80209
I enjoy working with individuals struggling with anxiety, perinatal/postpartum issues, trauma, life transitions, and emerging adults. I also specialize in treating female veterans who have experienced sexual trauma while serving in the military. I love working with individuals who are motivated to work toward a healthier and more fulfilling life. I believe in a collaborative approach that helps you build up positives rather than focusing just on negatives. I work hard to connect with my clients and help them know they don’t have to go through hardships alone.
I enjoy working with individuals struggling with anxiety, perinatal/postpartum issues, trauma, life transitions, and emerging adults. I also specialize in treating female veterans who have experienced sexual trauma while serving in the military. I love working with individuals who are motivated to work toward a healthier and more fulfilling life. I believe in a collaborative approach that helps you build up positives rather than focusing just on negatives. I work hard to connect with my clients and help them know they don’t have to go through hardships alone.
(720) 675-7123 View (720) 675-7123
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Michelle Paget
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C, RYT
Verified
15 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80210
I use an integrated approach that blends my background in perinatal/maternal mental health and yoga with the brain-body centered technique of Brainspotting that works to heal emotional wounds and trauma from the inside out.
Teaching you how to rise and flow on the journey of parenthood is my passion. I help you learn tools to support yourself so that parenting feels connected and joyful. My own entry into motherhood was a journey in itself—miscarriage, medical complications and postpartum anxiety. It was this experience that inspired me to work with others on their journey of parenthood. I'll work with you to manage challenges, build greater awareness of thoughts and feelings and improve balance in your life. I love to take an individualized approach to therapy based on your needs, and I see myself as a guide along a journey where you are the expert.
I use an integrated approach that blends my background in perinatal/maternal mental health and yoga with the brain-body centered technique of Brainspotting that works to heal emotional wounds and trauma from the inside out.
Teaching you how to rise and flow on the journey of parenthood is my passion. I help you learn tools to support yourself so that parenting feels connected and joyful. My own entry into motherhood was a journey in itself—miscarriage, medical complications and postpartum anxiety. It was this experience that inspired me to work with others on their journey of parenthood. I'll work with you to manage challenges, build greater awareness of thoughts and feelings and improve balance in your life. I love to take an individualized approach to therapy based on your needs, and I see myself as a guide along a journey where you are the expert.
(720) 703-9493 View (720) 703-9493
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Ashley Rodrigues
Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate, MS, LPCC, PMH-C
Verified
Denver, CO 80218
I became a perinatal mental health specialist to best serve women dealing with reproductive issues.
I have built a career on empowering, counseling, and educating women around their reproductive, hormonal, and sexual health. You need someone in your corner to support you, remind you of your innate strength, validate your struggle, speak with radical honesty, and help you restore your life. I promise to guide you through this process in a safe, laid back and non-judgmental atmosphere. We will work together on setting goals and I will provide you with practical and helpful tools to utilize outside of therapy. I believe everyone I work with has a valuable set of experiences and perspectives that are key to their own healing.
I became a perinatal mental health specialist to best serve women dealing with reproductive issues.
I have built a career on empowering, counseling, and educating women around their reproductive, hormonal, and sexual health. You need someone in your corner to support you, remind you of your innate strength, validate your struggle, speak with radical honesty, and help you restore your life. I promise to guide you through this process in a safe, laid back and non-judgmental atmosphere. We will work together on setting goals and I will provide you with practical and helpful tools to utilize outside of therapy. I believe everyone I work with has a valuable set of experiences and perspectives that are key to their own healing.
(303) 529-1456 View (303) 529-1456
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Christine Anne DeVore
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80203
An area of focus includes supporting the well-being of parents through transitional periods including parenthood, postpartum depression and anxiety, infertility and grief and loss.
Step into a better you. Call today. Dr. DeVore believes that illuminating and unfolding can lead to personal transformation. She is devoted to helping clients reach their full potential by providing a rich and safe experience, allowing for emotional and relational growth. Dr. DeVore provides therapeutic support for a variety of issues, including postpartum depression/anxiety, depression, anxiety, relational issues, grief and loss and trauma. Additionally, she conducts psychological assessment for learning and psychological issues, including learning disorders, ADHD, and emotional problems.
An area of focus includes supporting the well-being of parents through transitional periods including parenthood, postpartum depression and anxiety, infertility and grief and loss.
Step into a better you. Call today. Dr. DeVore believes that illuminating and unfolding can lead to personal transformation. She is devoted to helping clients reach their full potential by providing a rich and safe experience, allowing for emotional and relational growth. Dr. DeVore provides therapeutic support for a variety of issues, including postpartum depression/anxiety, depression, anxiety, relational issues, grief and loss and trauma. Additionally, she conducts psychological assessment for learning and psychological issues, including learning disorders, ADHD, and emotional problems.
(303) 834-1026 x5 View (303) 834-1026 x5
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Maureen Vivas-O’Keefe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80211  (Online Only)
I’ve also completed my certification as a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Therapist.
All humans have emotional health needs and we are often not taught the tools to help support ourselves in meeting our needs. These needs, if not supported, end up effecting relationships, health, or employment and end up looking like depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, and more. I encourage you to email me to set up a free consultation if you are feeling stuck, need help processing a life change or past experience, or are seeking tools to help support your emotional wellbeing. I see you as a whole person and am looking forward to supporting you in learning how to support yourself!
I’ve also completed my certification as a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Therapist.
All humans have emotional health needs and we are often not taught the tools to help support ourselves in meeting our needs. These needs, if not supported, end up effecting relationships, health, or employment and end up looking like depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, and more. I encourage you to email me to set up a free consultation if you are feeling stuck, need help processing a life change or past experience, or are seeking tools to help support your emotional wellbeing. I see you as a whole person and am looking forward to supporting you in learning how to support yourself!
(720) 358-9448 View (720) 358-9448
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Johnna Vernon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT , EMDR
Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80211  (Online Only)
I am passionate about helping families transition through pregnancy and postpartum periods, child development and parenting concerns.
I whole heartedly believe in the therapeutic process to create lasting change in people's lives. I have over 10 years of experience working with families, children and individuals in a variety of settings. I use many different techniques, including EMDR, to support clients through their healing, reduce symptoms and create happy, fulfilling lives. I believe that YOU have an innate ability to heal and thrive. My role, as your therapist, is to help you feel empowered by accessing your own mind/body wisdom to bring balance and peace into your life.
I am passionate about helping families transition through pregnancy and postpartum periods, child development and parenting concerns.
I whole heartedly believe in the therapeutic process to create lasting change in people's lives. I have over 10 years of experience working with families, children and individuals in a variety of settings. I use many different techniques, including EMDR, to support clients through their healing, reduce symptoms and create happy, fulfilling lives. I believe that YOU have an innate ability to heal and thrive. My role, as your therapist, is to help you feel empowered by accessing your own mind/body wisdom to bring balance and peace into your life.
(719) 215-5803 View (719) 215-5803
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Anchored Denver
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80211
Anchored Denver has expanded and now has three therapists accepting referrals. The team is comprised of Sarah Rasche LCSW, PMH-C, Ryanne Giorgionne LPCC and Liz Worstell LCSW, PMH-C. Together they offer a variety of specialties, including perinatal and reproductive mental health, life transitions, grief and loss, PTSD, vicarious trauma support for first responders and medical professionals, and cancer support. The team also offers brainspotting and EMDR. www.anchoreddenver.com
Anchored Denver has expanded and now has three therapists accepting referrals. The team is comprised of Sarah Rasche LCSW, PMH-C, Ryanne Giorgionne LPCC and Liz Worstell LCSW, PMH-C. Together they offer a variety of specialties, including perinatal and reproductive mental health, life transitions, grief and loss, PTSD, vicarious trauma support for first responders and medical professionals, and cancer support. The team also offers brainspotting and EMDR. www.anchoreddenver.com
(720) 724-9566 View (720) 724-9566
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Tara Lisa Cameron
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Denver, CO 80202  (Online Only)
Life throws us challenges, big and small. And sometimes we need someone to help us along the way. Are you someone who is struggling with depression, anxiety, perinatal/postpartum, parenting a child with higher needs, fertility issues, or low self-esteem/self-worth? Maybe you're struggling in your marriage/relationship or relationships in general. Or maybe you're going through a life transition that isn't what you expected and/or is challenging. Either way, you deserve brighter days and a quality of life that you are okay with.
Life throws us challenges, big and small. And sometimes we need someone to help us along the way. Are you someone who is struggling with depression, anxiety, perinatal/postpartum, parenting a child with higher needs, fertility issues, or low self-esteem/self-worth? Maybe you're struggling in your marriage/relationship or relationships in general. Or maybe you're going through a life transition that isn't what you expected and/or is challenging. Either way, you deserve brighter days and a quality of life that you are okay with.
(720) 713-7952 View (720) 713-7952
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Olive Tree Counseling
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, MA, MAC, LAC
Verified
Denver, CO 80231
I offer therapy in English and Spanish for adults and adolescents, specializing in perinatal mental health, chronic pain and substance abuse.
Deciding to go to therapy can be intimidating, but is a courageous decision to make. Whether this is your first time coming to treatment or a repeat, I want to congratulate you for having the self awareness and strength to create a positive change for your future!
I offer therapy in English and Spanish for adults and adolescents, specializing in perinatal mental health, chronic pain and substance abuse.
Deciding to go to therapy can be intimidating, but is a courageous decision to make. Whether this is your first time coming to treatment or a repeat, I want to congratulate you for having the self awareness and strength to create a positive change for your future!
(720) 722-1825 View (720) 722-1825
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Madeline Schiebel
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, PMH-C
Verified
Denver, CO 80218
I specialize in women's issues and maternal mental health. You may be looking for support in deciding whether or not to have children or maybe you are having a tough time navigating changes in your identity as you become a mother. I have specialized training in treating depression, anxiety, and OCD during pregnancy and postpartum. I am a mental health provider with the American Alpine Club's Climbing Grief Fund and enjoy working with female athletes as they navigate questions relating to motherhood.
I specialize in women's issues and maternal mental health. You may be looking for support in deciding whether or not to have children or maybe you are having a tough time navigating changes in your identity as you become a mother. I have specialized training in treating depression, anxiety, and OCD during pregnancy and postpartum. I am a mental health provider with the American Alpine Club's Climbing Grief Fund and enjoy working with female athletes as they navigate questions relating to motherhood.
(505) 370-3138 View (505) 370-3138
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Dr. Kristen Hick
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
13 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80222
Hick specializes in three main areas - dating, relationship and post-relationship/divorce growth with individuals, maternal mental health (fertility, pregnancy, loss and grief, postpartum anxiety and depression, and adjustment to motherhood) and trauma/abuse (including narcissistic abuse recovery).
Ready to HEAL, STRENGTHEN, and TRANSFORM you and your relationships? Recovering from a divorce or relationship ending? Notice a pattern in your relationships that causes confusion, anxiety, or frustration? Are you on a fertility, pregnancy or new mom roller coaster of emotions? On the path of life, there are often points in which you need to stop, look within, and determine what could help you become your best self. This involves developing insight into your life-long patterns of thinking, feeling, and relating to others and yourself - and then intentionally creating a new path forward.
Hick specializes in three main areas - dating, relationship and post-relationship/divorce growth with individuals, maternal mental health (fertility, pregnancy, loss and grief, postpartum anxiety and depression, and adjustment to motherhood) and trauma/abuse (including narcissistic abuse recovery).
Ready to HEAL, STRENGTHEN, and TRANSFORM you and your relationships? Recovering from a divorce or relationship ending? Notice a pattern in your relationships that causes confusion, anxiety, or frustration? Are you on a fertility, pregnancy or new mom roller coaster of emotions? On the path of life, there are often points in which you need to stop, look within, and determine what could help you become your best self. This involves developing insight into your life-long patterns of thinking, feeling, and relating to others and yourself - and then intentionally creating a new path forward.
(720) 605-6395 View (720) 605-6395
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Bryden Spevak
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified
4 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80218
I love working with people struggling with anxiety, panic, trauma, or who are pregnant/postpartum, who are wanting to figure out how to function better and feel more contentment and calm—even in today's increasingly overstimulating, complex, and inequitable world.
I love working with people struggling with anxiety, panic, trauma, or who are pregnant/postpartum, who are wanting to figure out how to function better and feel more contentment and calm—even in today's increasingly overstimulating, complex, and inequitable world.
(720) 445-8166 View (720) 445-8166
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Lauren Hugunin
Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate, MA, MFTC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80212
You may keep parts of yourself or your relationship(s) hidden because you fear judgment from others. Perhaps shame and feelings of inadequacy keep you quiet while you ache to be seen, heard, and understood. Imagine a space where your authenticity and the uniqueness of your experiences are not only acknowledged, but celebrated. Whether you are seeking support around sensitive sex-related issues, aiming to break long-standing patterns in your relationship, or needing support as you navigate challenges associated with postpartum and/or parenthood, you are not alone and your experience is valid.
You may keep parts of yourself or your relationship(s) hidden because you fear judgment from others. Perhaps shame and feelings of inadequacy keep you quiet while you ache to be seen, heard, and understood. Imagine a space where your authenticity and the uniqueness of your experiences are not only acknowledged, but celebrated. Whether you are seeking support around sensitive sex-related issues, aiming to break long-standing patterns in your relationship, or needing support as you navigate challenges associated with postpartum and/or parenthood, you are not alone and your experience is valid.
(303) 647-9906 View (303) 647-9906
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Sarah Lucas
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, PMH-C
Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80222
I specialize in the following areas: empowerment, postpartum / perinatal mental health, women's issues, life transitions, grief/loss, infertility, miscarriage, anxiety, depression, birth trauma, and relationship issues.
In therapy with me, you'll be able to openly express your feelings, discover your strength, and relate to your struggles in a whole new way. My style is warm, empowering, and practical. I want you to be able to walk out of each session feeling heard, supported, and equipped to handle the challenges life throws at you. I am a perinatal mental health specialist (PMH-C) and am passionate about working with individuals with prenatal and postpartum anxiety and prenatal and postpartum depression. I also enjoy helping clients who are encountering fertility challenges. I offer walk-and-talk therapy, telehealth, and in-office sessions.
I specialize in the following areas: empowerment, postpartum / perinatal mental health, women's issues, life transitions, grief/loss, infertility, miscarriage, anxiety, depression, birth trauma, and relationship issues.
In therapy with me, you'll be able to openly express your feelings, discover your strength, and relate to your struggles in a whole new way. My style is warm, empowering, and practical. I want you to be able to walk out of each session feeling heard, supported, and equipped to handle the challenges life throws at you. I am a perinatal mental health specialist (PMH-C) and am passionate about working with individuals with prenatal and postpartum anxiety and prenatal and postpartum depression. I also enjoy helping clients who are encountering fertility challenges. I offer walk-and-talk therapy, telehealth, and in-office sessions.
(720) 770-2069 View (720) 770-2069
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Emily M Johnson
Pre-Licensed Professional, MPH
Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80211
Are you trying to get pregnant, suffering from a loss, or a new parent that is struggling? Are you feeling the toll that parenthood has taken on your relationship? Are you having a difficult time taking care of your health or navigating a new diagnosis? Being pregnant, postpartum, or having a chronic health condition can leave you feeling alone, overwhelmed, and helpless. My previous career as a birth doula has given me a unique and powerful perspective to support my clients navigating pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. You deserve to feel deeply understood, protected, and cared for during these difficult, and blissful, journeys.
Are you trying to get pregnant, suffering from a loss, or a new parent that is struggling? Are you feeling the toll that parenthood has taken on your relationship? Are you having a difficult time taking care of your health or navigating a new diagnosis? Being pregnant, postpartum, or having a chronic health condition can leave you feeling alone, overwhelmed, and helpless. My previous career as a birth doula has given me a unique and powerful perspective to support my clients navigating pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. You deserve to feel deeply understood, protected, and cared for during these difficult, and blissful, journeys.
(720) 902-7838 View (720) 902-7838
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Rachel Bornstein
Counselor, LPCC, PMH-C
Verified
Denver, CO 80218
A specific area of my expertise includes supporting women through the prenatal, postpartum and motherhood periods.
As a dedicated therapist, I focus on supporting women and mothers through a safe, non-judgmental space. My therapy style is supportive, compassionate, and tailored to fit your individual needs. My goal is to understand your values, perspectives, and experiences and offer therapy that meets you where you are and guides you to where you want to be. I am a mental health advocate who believes therapy isn’t about fixing people who are broken; it’s about healing from hurt, challenging beliefs that no longer serve us, and building new perspectives. Therapy is a gateway to prioritizing yourself, your relationships, and your overall health.
A specific area of my expertise includes supporting women through the prenatal, postpartum and motherhood periods.
As a dedicated therapist, I focus on supporting women and mothers through a safe, non-judgmental space. My therapy style is supportive, compassionate, and tailored to fit your individual needs. My goal is to understand your values, perspectives, and experiences and offer therapy that meets you where you are and guides you to where you want to be. I am a mental health advocate who believes therapy isn’t about fixing people who are broken; it’s about healing from hurt, challenging beliefs that no longer serve us, and building new perspectives. Therapy is a gateway to prioritizing yourself, your relationships, and your overall health.
(720) 703-9475 View (720) 703-9475
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Linnea Deluise
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified
Denver, CO 80222  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hi, I'm Linnea! I am so happy that you are here. I know that this first step can often be one of the hardest steps. I specialize in working with individuals navigating pregnancy, postpartum, pregnancy loss, anxiety and depression, career and life transitions, grief and loss, acute and chronic illness and so much more. I would be honored to help you utilize and enhance the skillset you possess to live the life you desire. My empathic, supportive, and holistic approach to therapy has been cultivated from years of working in inpatient, outpatient and community settings.
Hi, I'm Linnea! I am so happy that you are here. I know that this first step can often be one of the hardest steps. I specialize in working with individuals navigating pregnancy, postpartum, pregnancy loss, anxiety and depression, career and life transitions, grief and loss, acute and chronic illness and so much more. I would be honored to help you utilize and enhance the skillset you possess to live the life you desire. My empathic, supportive, and holistic approach to therapy has been cultivated from years of working in inpatient, outpatient and community settings.
(720) 408-6296 View (720) 408-6296
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Peaceful Journies Counseling and Supervision
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC, PMH-C, MHA
Verified
7 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80211  (Online Only)
I am certified in DBT, Pregnancy & Postpartum Depression/Anxiety/Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, anxiety, depression, and Bipolar Disorder.
My career began working in the community mental health which allowed me to gain vast experience&knowledge of various therapy skills&tools.My passion is helping women of all identities transition into their idea of motherhood gracefully.I am certified in treating disorders associated with the pregnancy/postpartum period, Personality Disorders, mood disorders, parenting concerns, life stressors, & women’s health concerns. I enjoy working with women of all ages&identities facing difficult life transitions. Now offering clinical supervision for LPC and LPCC in Colorado.
I am certified in DBT, Pregnancy & Postpartum Depression/Anxiety/Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, anxiety, depression, and Bipolar Disorder.
My career began working in the community mental health which allowed me to gain vast experience&knowledge of various therapy skills&tools.My passion is helping women of all identities transition into their idea of motherhood gracefully.I am certified in treating disorders associated with the pregnancy/postpartum period, Personality Disorders, mood disorders, parenting concerns, life stressors, & women’s health concerns. I enjoy working with women of all ages&identities facing difficult life transitions. Now offering clinical supervision for LPC and LPCC in Colorado.
(970) 235-9019 View (970) 235-9019

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Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum Therapists

What are the most effective ways to address pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum concerns?

The most effective way to address pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum concerns is by finding a therapist who has prior experience helping other patients overcome the challenge being faced. For example, a marriage and family therapist may have experience helping couples adjust to their new relationship dynamic. An anxiety specialist may have experience helping with phobias or illness anxiety related to the child’s health. A depression specialist may have experience treating postpartum depression.

When should I seek treatment for prenatal or postpartum concerns?

Pregnancy and the postpartum period involve intense physical and mental changes; a degree of upset and instability is normal. However, if these changes impair daily functioning, it may be time to seek help. This distinction is pertinent for postpartum depression: A period of teariness, irritability, and distress is difficult but normal in the one to two weeks after childbirth (sometimes called the “baby blues.”) But if feelings of sadness and hopelessness persist beyond that period, the person should seek treatment.

How do I manage worries during pregnancy or the postnatal period?

A therapist can help patients develop the tools they need to manage anxieties during or after pregnancy. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help people identify and reframe harmful patterns of thought, and change their behaviors. Other techniques and skills can allow people to develop acceptance, psychological flexibility, self-compassion, communication skills, and more.

Are there specific medications for postpartum depression?

In 2019, the FDA approved the first medication designed to treat postpartum depression. The medication is called brexanolone and is delivered intravenously by a medical professional over the course of a few days. However, typical antidepressants, which are more accessible, can also treat postpartum depression. The disorder is often best treated through a combination of medication and therapy.