Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum Therapists in Washington, DC

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Stacy Reyes
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland. I have been practicing for over 5 years and have a focus on working with individuals and couples, including individuals throughout the pregnancy and postpartum phase. I am currently trained in postpartum mental health through Postpartum Support International. I have experience working with clients facing issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma history, ADHD, and more.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland. I have been practicing for over 5 years and have a focus on working with individuals and couples, including individuals throughout the pregnancy and postpartum phase. I am currently trained in postpartum mental health through Postpartum Support International. I have experience working with clients facing issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma history, ADHD, and more.
(202) 839-8712 View (202) 839-8712
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Eclectic DC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, PMH-C, WPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20018  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a certified Perinatal Mental Health Certified clinician.
I identify as an ethicist; a Womanist who advocates and practices feminist ideals, cultural humility through continuous learning, bodily integrity, reproductive justice, sex work is work, pacifism by utilizing non-violent resistance techniques. I believe children have rights, whistleblowers are vital in society, I embrace LGBTQ+, Black Lives Matter is factual, and representation matters. I practice mindfulness with the philosophy of ‘margin to center’ action. I embody, advocate, and support activism in action and respect of human rights. Neither ever ends, even when it is inconvenient or uncomfortable. We must remain firmly resolved
I am a certified Perinatal Mental Health Certified clinician.
I identify as an ethicist; a Womanist who advocates and practices feminist ideals, cultural humility through continuous learning, bodily integrity, reproductive justice, sex work is work, pacifism by utilizing non-violent resistance techniques. I believe children have rights, whistleblowers are vital in society, I embrace LGBTQ+, Black Lives Matter is factual, and representation matters. I practice mindfulness with the philosophy of ‘margin to center’ action. I embody, advocate, and support activism in action and respect of human rights. Neither ever ends, even when it is inconvenient or uncomfortable. We must remain firmly resolved
(202) 968-3652 View (202) 968-3652
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Sharon Schonteich
Psychological Associate, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20006
If you are burdened by anxiety or depression, navigating infertility, pregnancy or parenting, or struggling with work stress or relationships, I may be a good fit for you. I help clients who feel overwhelmed, stressed or depleted to make sense of their struggles, and create an actionable, accessible plan for change. In our sessions, I strive for you to feel seen, heard and supported. My approach combines tactical skill building with broader insight, helping you to feel calmer and more in control as we work together towards a greater sense of well-being.
If you are burdened by anxiety or depression, navigating infertility, pregnancy or parenting, or struggling with work stress or relationships, I may be a good fit for you. I help clients who feel overwhelmed, stressed or depleted to make sense of their struggles, and create an actionable, accessible plan for change. In our sessions, I strive for you to feel seen, heard and supported. My approach combines tactical skill building with broader insight, helping you to feel calmer and more in control as we work together towards a greater sense of well-being.
(202) 519-1719 View (202) 519-1719
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Donna Schwartz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20037
Donna Schwartz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She has maintained a private practice in Washington, DC for over 25 years. She has over 30 years of experience helping individuals and couples. Donna specializes in the treatment of anxiety, binge eating disorder, couple's counseling to include pre-marital counseling, infertility, pregnancy, postpartum anxiety and depression. In addition to being a prominent psychotherapist, Ms. Schwartz is an Assistant Clinical Professor at George Washington University's School of Medicine and Health Sciences since 2010.
Donna Schwartz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She has maintained a private practice in Washington, DC for over 25 years. She has over 30 years of experience helping individuals and couples. Donna specializes in the treatment of anxiety, binge eating disorder, couple's counseling to include pre-marital counseling, infertility, pregnancy, postpartum anxiety and depression. In addition to being a prominent psychotherapist, Ms. Schwartz is an Assistant Clinical Professor at George Washington University's School of Medicine and Health Sciences since 2010.
(202) 804-2484 View (202) 804-2484
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Mary Unverferth
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
I also work with new or expectant mothers who are navigating the throes of pregnancy and postpartum.
Therapy works best when you’re feeling understood. By processing and understanding the events of your life and your reaction to them, we will identify healthy coping strategies to manage stress and strong emotions. Have you experienced a loss that feels overwhelming? Feeling “stuck” or alone in your grief? Together, we can work to help you feel better. Our lives and problems can be more deeply understood through a structured reflection of the past. I use a mix of psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) to help people notice and be curious about their feelings, thoughts, behaviors.
I also work with new or expectant mothers who are navigating the throes of pregnancy and postpartum.
Therapy works best when you’re feeling understood. By processing and understanding the events of your life and your reaction to them, we will identify healthy coping strategies to manage stress and strong emotions. Have you experienced a loss that feels overwhelming? Feeling “stuck” or alone in your grief? Together, we can work to help you feel better. Our lives and problems can be more deeply understood through a structured reflection of the past. I use a mix of psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) to help people notice and be curious about their feelings, thoughts, behaviors.
(202) 951-8472 View (202) 951-8472
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Dr. Shy Porter
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with women who are struggling with infertility, pregnancy, or postpartum challenges; adult individuals trying to cope with daily life challenges; couples who are dating, engaged, married, or contemplating the decision to stay or leave; and adolescents and young adults navigating life transitions. Through a collaborative and engaged process, we will work together to help you gain insight and self-awareness, find inner peace, achieve your goals, and/or, in the context of couples therapy, navigate the challenges of your relationship in order to regain stability, trust, and emotional safety.
I specialize in working with women who are struggling with infertility, pregnancy, or postpartum challenges; adult individuals trying to cope with daily life challenges; couples who are dating, engaged, married, or contemplating the decision to stay or leave; and adolescents and young adults navigating life transitions. Through a collaborative and engaged process, we will work together to help you gain insight and self-awareness, find inner peace, achieve your goals, and/or, in the context of couples therapy, navigate the challenges of your relationship in order to regain stability, trust, and emotional safety.
(844) 936-2858 View (844) 936-2858
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Chelsey Barrios Foster
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016  (Online Only)
I provide therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. I have expertise in treating anxiety, depression, OCD, adjustment difficulties, ADHD, emotion dysregulation, coping with health issues and chronic illness, and stress-related disorders across the lifespan. I also specialize in women’s mental health and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I further specialize in working with college students and young adults (20's and 30's) through life transitions and identity development. In addition, I consult with parents to develop strategies to support their children, and enact lasting change in the home.
I provide therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. I have expertise in treating anxiety, depression, OCD, adjustment difficulties, ADHD, emotion dysregulation, coping with health issues and chronic illness, and stress-related disorders across the lifespan. I also specialize in women’s mental health and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I further specialize in working with college students and young adults (20's and 30's) through life transitions and identity development. In addition, I consult with parents to develop strategies to support their children, and enact lasting change in the home.
(202) 937-2621 View (202) 937-2621
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Kelly Mahoney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
Kelly provides psychotherapy to clients with a range of clinical needs, and gravitates towards adults and couples seeking support around perfectionism, burnout, major life transitions as well as perinatal & postpartum struggles.
Kelly is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from New York University. Kelly has completed her externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) and received advanced training at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City and The Washington School of Psychiatry in Washington, DC.
Kelly provides psychotherapy to clients with a range of clinical needs, and gravitates towards adults and couples seeking support around perfectionism, burnout, major life transitions as well as perinatal & postpartum struggles.
Kelly is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from New York University. Kelly has completed her externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) and received advanced training at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City and The Washington School of Psychiatry in Washington, DC.
(202) 953-1929 View (202) 953-1929
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Janine Donnelly
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20018
I also specialize in the transition to parenthood, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and reproductive mental health.
While starting therapy may seem daunting, I offer a warm, nonjudgmental space in which I help my clients rediscover clarity and joy. I use compassion and humor to help clients move through pain and worry, and become more fully present in their lives, relationships, and community. I strive to meet my clients with empathy and authenticity, backed up by over twenty-five years of experience and a commitment to research-based methods. Being trained as a social worker means that I strive to understand the complex web of personal, relational, and systemic challenges that can impact clients' well-being.
I also specialize in the transition to parenthood, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and reproductive mental health.
While starting therapy may seem daunting, I offer a warm, nonjudgmental space in which I help my clients rediscover clarity and joy. I use compassion and humor to help clients move through pain and worry, and become more fully present in their lives, relationships, and community. I strive to meet my clients with empathy and authenticity, backed up by over twenty-five years of experience and a commitment to research-based methods. Being trained as a social worker means that I strive to understand the complex web of personal, relational, and systemic challenges that can impact clients' well-being.
(240) 232-2738 View (240) 232-2738
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Robin Schacht
Psychologist, PsyD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
Welcome. My practice focuses on supporting clients with difficulties that arise as they adjust to pregnancy, birth and parenting. I have a special interest in the communication and emotional needs of infants and toddlers and in helping parents who are struggling to enjoy their relationships with their young children. I also enjoy working with issues unrelated to parenting, including depression, anxiety, trauma, difficulties with transitions or problems in relationships, as well as working with people who would like space to think about who they are, what experiences have shaped them and how they want to live life going forward.
Welcome. My practice focuses on supporting clients with difficulties that arise as they adjust to pregnancy, birth and parenting. I have a special interest in the communication and emotional needs of infants and toddlers and in helping parents who are struggling to enjoy their relationships with their young children. I also enjoy working with issues unrelated to parenting, including depression, anxiety, trauma, difficulties with transitions or problems in relationships, as well as working with people who would like space to think about who they are, what experiences have shaped them and how they want to live life going forward.
(202) 410-9327 View (202) 410-9327
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Morgan Carrillo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20011  (Online Only)
 I specialize in treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and have expertise in treating those experiencing homelessness and partner violence.
Whether you are conflicted about a relationship, are adjusting to a life change, or are working to heal from past pain or trauma, it can be a challenge to know where to begin. Together, we will work to explore your concerns and harness your strengths to identify solutions to your stressors. My goal is that you will leave therapy with a range of skills to use in the future. I believe that you are the expert of your own experience, and I am passionate about helping you to build upon your already existing strengths.
 I specialize in treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and have expertise in treating those experiencing homelessness and partner violence.
Whether you are conflicted about a relationship, are adjusting to a life change, or are working to heal from past pain or trauma, it can be a challenge to know where to begin. Together, we will work to explore your concerns and harness your strengths to identify solutions to your stressors. My goal is that you will leave therapy with a range of skills to use in the future. I believe that you are the expert of your own experience, and I am passionate about helping you to build upon your already existing strengths.
(202) 601-3569 View (202) 601-3569
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Sasha Taskier
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PMH-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20008  (Online Only)
My areas of clinical specialty include: relational therapy and intimacy building for couples, life transitions (specifically fertility, perinatal & postpartum mental health, and the transition to parenthood for women and couples), and grief work.
I work with individuals and couples as they work to navigate life's transitions, increase understanding of themselves and their loved ones, heal from past hurts, and work to improve interpersonal relationships. My approach to therapy is culturally sensitive, affirming and focused on strengths. I am committed to joining you where you are in this moment, and walking alongside you on your journey, as an empathic and attuned guide.
My areas of clinical specialty include: relational therapy and intimacy building for couples, life transitions (specifically fertility, perinatal & postpartum mental health, and the transition to parenthood for women and couples), and grief work.
I work with individuals and couples as they work to navigate life's transitions, increase understanding of themselves and their loved ones, heal from past hurts, and work to improve interpersonal relationships. My approach to therapy is culturally sensitive, affirming and focused on strengths. I am committed to joining you where you are in this moment, and walking alongside you on your journey, as an empathic and attuned guide.
(202) 949-3457 View (202) 949-3457
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Roxane Keller
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, PMH-C, A-CBT
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
Waitlist for new clients
I am also certified as a specialist in perinatal mental health (PMH-C).
I take an individualized approach to therapy that’s tailored to your personal needs and goals. Within a warm and supportive environment, we examine the challenges you’re facing and the way forward. Using concrete skills and strategies, we'll work collaboratively to equip you with versatile tools to apply in your daily life.
I am also certified as a specialist in perinatal mental health (PMH-C).
I take an individualized approach to therapy that’s tailored to your personal needs and goals. Within a warm and supportive environment, we examine the challenges you’re facing and the way forward. Using concrete skills and strategies, we'll work collaboratively to equip you with versatile tools to apply in your daily life.
(202) 963-7833 View (202) 963-7833
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Jane Townsend
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
I specialize in perinatal/postpartum therapy and am especially passionate about women's mental health and supporting birthing parents and their families during the pregnancy and postnatal period.
Accepting new clients in DC, MD & VA - I am passionate about creating a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to be their true selves and work together as a collaborative team and follow my client's lead! I utilize a trauma informed and person-centered approach to empower clients to achieve their goals and overcome the challenges they are facing, while tailoring my approach to individual needs in order to process through difficult life experiences and build the skills they need to thrive. It is my goal in therapy to help clients process through disruptive thought patterns and uncomfortable emotions to achieve the life they desire!
I specialize in perinatal/postpartum therapy and am especially passionate about women's mental health and supporting birthing parents and their families during the pregnancy and postnatal period.
Accepting new clients in DC, MD & VA - I am passionate about creating a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to be their true selves and work together as a collaborative team and follow my client's lead! I utilize a trauma informed and person-centered approach to empower clients to achieve their goals and overcome the challenges they are facing, while tailoring my approach to individual needs in order to process through difficult life experiences and build the skills they need to thrive. It is my goal in therapy to help clients process through disruptive thought patterns and uncomfortable emotions to achieve the life they desire!
(202) 519-0449 x506 View (202) 519-0449 x506
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Ruthie T Arbit
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20015
I specialize in pediatric and maternal mental health offering support from pregnancy into early childhood.
My approach to therapy is to partner with you and your family to create an individualized and goal-directed treatment plan. I can help you uncover your strengths and use the skills you already have to make lasting changes. You will experience a warm, genuine, playful, and humorous treatment approach.
I specialize in pediatric and maternal mental health offering support from pregnancy into early childhood.
My approach to therapy is to partner with you and your family to create an individualized and goal-directed treatment plan. I can help you uncover your strengths and use the skills you already have to make lasting changes. You will experience a warm, genuine, playful, and humorous treatment approach.
(240) 230-3046 View (240) 230-3046
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Mili Tilahun
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
I am a bilingual therapist in English and Amheric with over 13 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in individual and group counseling settings. I have worked with a diverse population of ethnic minorities including Ethiopians. I specialize in depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, self-esteem, substance use and addiction, pregnancy loss, fertility challenges, life transitions and stress, and grief and loss.
I am a bilingual therapist in English and Amheric with over 13 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in individual and group counseling settings. I have worked with a diverse population of ethnic minorities including Ethiopians. I specialize in depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, self-esteem, substance use and addiction, pregnancy loss, fertility challenges, life transitions and stress, and grief and loss.
(202) 931-7997 View (202) 931-7997
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Laura S Covington
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, PhD, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006
I help to provide ongoing support for pregnancy after infertility and postpartum.
I provide therapy for various life course adjustment, such as managing anxiety and depression, coping with grief and loss, challenges with relationships, and considerations for ways to grow a family. I partner with reproductive medical practices to provide psychological services and counsel the patients who are undergoing or have undergone fertility treatment, as well as those who have chosen not to proceed forward with fertility treatment. I provide third party reproduction counseling sessions for donor sperm, egg, & embryo and gestational surrogacy. I provide evaluations for gestational carriers and gamete donors.
I help to provide ongoing support for pregnancy after infertility and postpartum.
I provide therapy for various life course adjustment, such as managing anxiety and depression, coping with grief and loss, challenges with relationships, and considerations for ways to grow a family. I partner with reproductive medical practices to provide psychological services and counsel the patients who are undergoing or have undergone fertility treatment, as well as those who have chosen not to proceed forward with fertility treatment. I provide third party reproduction counseling sessions for donor sperm, egg, & embryo and gestational surrogacy. I provide evaluations for gestational carriers and gamete donors.
(202) 759-3807 View (202) 759-3807
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Dr. Emma Basch & Associates
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20015
Every therapist on our team has specialized training in perinatal and reproductive mental health.
We are a group practice with a shared passion for women's mental health. Our clients are working professionals, parents, and students in all phases of life. We love to work with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD/neurodivergence, relationship challenges, trauma, and eating disorders. Our team has experience in numerous evidence-based treatment modalities including EMDR, ACT, EFT, CBT, ERP, & DBT. We believe in collaborative, integrative, and holistic mental health care and are here to support you. We are proud to offer individual, couples, and family therapy.
Every therapist on our team has specialized training in perinatal and reproductive mental health.
We are a group practice with a shared passion for women's mental health. Our clients are working professionals, parents, and students in all phases of life. We love to work with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD/neurodivergence, relationship challenges, trauma, and eating disorders. Our team has experience in numerous evidence-based treatment modalities including EMDR, ACT, EFT, CBT, ERP, & DBT. We believe in collaborative, integrative, and holistic mental health care and are here to support you. We are proud to offer individual, couples, and family therapy.
(202) 831-3085 View (202) 831-3085
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Taylor Lerner
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
I also specialize in helping individuals and couples navigate reproductive mental health concerns, including infertility, pregnancy, and the adjustment to parenthood.
Welcome to my practice! Therapy can be a powerful tool in relieving distress, learning about oneself, and living a more fulfilled life. I believe that at the heart of successful therapy is a collaborative, open, and warm relationship. Through curiosity and acceptance, I help my clients gain more appreciation for their emotions and assist them in recognizing their strengths and identifying opportunities for growth. Additionally, I strive to help my clients obtain tools necessary to overcome roadblocks, which often keep them from reaching their full potential. I welcome the opportunity to work with clientele from diverse backgrounds and life stages.
I also specialize in helping individuals and couples navigate reproductive mental health concerns, including infertility, pregnancy, and the adjustment to parenthood.
Welcome to my practice! Therapy can be a powerful tool in relieving distress, learning about oneself, and living a more fulfilled life. I believe that at the heart of successful therapy is a collaborative, open, and warm relationship. Through curiosity and acceptance, I help my clients gain more appreciation for their emotions and assist them in recognizing their strengths and identifying opportunities for growth. Additionally, I strive to help my clients obtain tools necessary to overcome roadblocks, which often keep them from reaching their full potential. I welcome the opportunity to work with clientele from diverse backgrounds and life stages.
(202) 803-8433 View (202) 803-8433
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Dana Goldenberg
Counselor, LPC, LCPC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
As a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Provider, I am especially passionate about women’s mental health during pregnancy and the postnatal period.
I have immediate telehealth availability to begin working with new clients. I am a psychotherapist licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia with over 8 years of experience. I enjoy working with adults and young adults from diverse backgrounds who may be experiencing challenges related to: anxiety, depression, perinatal mental health, fertility, work-life balance, life transitions, and issues stemming from low self-worth. I believe that the right therapeutic relationship can guide and empower clients towards healing and strengthening resilience.
As a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Provider, I am especially passionate about women’s mental health during pregnancy and the postnatal period.
I have immediate telehealth availability to begin working with new clients. I am a psychotherapist licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia with over 8 years of experience. I enjoy working with adults and young adults from diverse backgrounds who may be experiencing challenges related to: anxiety, depression, perinatal mental health, fertility, work-life balance, life transitions, and issues stemming from low self-worth. I believe that the right therapeutic relationship can guide and empower clients towards healing and strengthening resilience.
(202) 968-1746 View (202) 968-1746
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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.