Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum Therapists in Jacksonville, FL

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Headed to Healing LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32217  (Online Only)
Trying to figure life out on your own is difficult, so why keep trying to do it alone? You deserve a safe space to process, heal, and think out loud! Whether you’re a millennial trying to manage your anxiety, a black man who needs to feel free to speak honestly and express yourself emotionally, a pregnant woman feeling anxious or scared during your pregnancy due to a previous miscarriage or infant loss, or someone needing more out of life, I’m your girl!
Trying to figure life out on your own is difficult, so why keep trying to do it alone? You deserve a safe space to process, heal, and think out loud! Whether you’re a millennial trying to manage your anxiety, a black man who needs to feel free to speak honestly and express yourself emotionally, a pregnant woman feeling anxious or scared during your pregnancy due to a previous miscarriage or infant loss, or someone needing more out of life, I’m your girl!
(904) 966-4925 View (904) 966-4925
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Juliet Robinson
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MS, LMHC, LPC, CTP, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32223
Listening is key and feeling unheard is frustrating! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of FL and Georgia and is also PSI trained in Perinatal Mood disorders.
Accepting clients in Florida and Georgia (Telehealth only) In this ever changing complex world, life brings challenges and distractions. Make yourself a priority and allow me to listen and support you as you are walking your "becoming" journey. If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, having relationship difficulties or parenting skills challenges I am here to heal, recover and grow with you. I know that no single approach is the right one for every individual and so, my aim is to use evidence-based, person-centered and trauma focused approach as techniques in a safe and empathetic space. So let's begin!
Listening is key and feeling unheard is frustrating! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of FL and Georgia and is also PSI trained in Perinatal Mood disorders.
Accepting clients in Florida and Georgia (Telehealth only) In this ever changing complex world, life brings challenges and distractions. Make yourself a priority and allow me to listen and support you as you are walking your "becoming" journey. If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, having relationship difficulties or parenting skills challenges I am here to heal, recover and grow with you. I know that no single approach is the right one for every individual and so, my aim is to use evidence-based, person-centered and trauma focused approach as techniques in a safe and empathetic space. So let's begin!
(904) 204-1838 View (904) 204-1838
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Aisha Gordon
MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32217
My specialty is working with women who have postpartum depression.
Are you feeling alone, stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious? In life, many situations and new transitions make us feel out of control. I will work alongside you to face those life challenges such as: low self-esteem, school issues, anger, poor communication with family members, dating/marriage, parenting, divorce, trauma or career changes. I want to explore your emotional challenges such as frustration, depression, hopelessness, anger, anxiety, and grief. Whether you are facing issues in school, at work, at home, with family, friends, or internally, I'm here during this time.
My specialty is working with women who have postpartum depression.
Are you feeling alone, stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious? In life, many situations and new transitions make us feel out of control. I will work alongside you to face those life challenges such as: low self-esteem, school issues, anger, poor communication with family members, dating/marriage, parenting, divorce, trauma or career changes. I want to explore your emotional challenges such as frustration, depression, hopelessness, anger, anxiety, and grief. Whether you are facing issues in school, at work, at home, with family, friends, or internally, I'm here during this time.
(904) 204-0714 View (904) 204-0714
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Her Hope Behavioral Health, PLLC
Counselor, LMHC, QS, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32217
We're here to help you prepare for baby during pregnancy and, with transition after baby is born through individual, group, & family therapy.
Being a new mom is hard. You’re sleep deprived, learning your new little one, and everyone has advice for you. “Sleep when the baby sleeps; you’ll feel better, and happier, when you get a few more hours of sleep; It’s just the baby blues, you’ll be ok in a few weeks; the house work can get done later, make sure the baby is eating enough…” What if you’re still sad after “a few weeks”, you feel scared, anxious, or can't turn your thoughts off? It can start to feel like you are getting through each day in "survival mode". With the help of our knowledgeable counselors, you can stop "surviving" life and start enjoying it.
We're here to help you prepare for baby during pregnancy and, with transition after baby is born through individual, group, & family therapy.
Being a new mom is hard. You’re sleep deprived, learning your new little one, and everyone has advice for you. “Sleep when the baby sleeps; you’ll feel better, and happier, when you get a few more hours of sleep; It’s just the baby blues, you’ll be ok in a few weeks; the house work can get done later, make sure the baby is eating enough…” What if you’re still sad after “a few weeks”, you feel scared, anxious, or can't turn your thoughts off? It can start to feel like you are getting through each day in "survival mode". With the help of our knowledgeable counselors, you can stop "surviving" life and start enjoying it.
(561) 220-6078 View (561) 220-6078
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Brittany Beattie (Maternal Mental Health)
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32257
With advanced training in Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, I specialize in working with moms experiencing anxiety, depression, and the dynamics of the evolving relationship with themselves and others.
Your mental health as a mother has taken a turn. You feel overwhelmed and overstimulated throughout the day. You are so much to everyone else that it often times is hard to remember who you are. You're constantly worried that something may happen to your baby or that you aren't doing enough as a mother. You knew motherhood would be hard but you didn't know the transition would come with so much anxiety or even depression. There are so many people around yet you feel alone in your experiences. You knew motherhood would be different but you weren't expecting this much change in your relationships, your personality, or your goals.
With advanced training in Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, I specialize in working with moms experiencing anxiety, depression, and the dynamics of the evolving relationship with themselves and others.
Your mental health as a mother has taken a turn. You feel overwhelmed and overstimulated throughout the day. You are so much to everyone else that it often times is hard to remember who you are. You're constantly worried that something may happen to your baby or that you aren't doing enough as a mother. You knew motherhood would be hard but you didn't know the transition would come with so much anxiety or even depression. There are so many people around yet you feel alone in your experiences. You knew motherhood would be different but you weren't expecting this much change in your relationships, your personality, or your goals.
(904) 906-7960 View (904) 906-7960
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Holly Chancey
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32225
Waitlist for new clients
Working with women as they transition into and throughout motherhood holds a special place in my heart. My passion working with individuals in the perinatal season of life was ignited through my own experiences of motherhood. There are many unseen and unspoken challenges that come along with parenthood. No matter what your experience, I am here to support you in anyway I can. I also specialize working with adolescents and teens through social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. The transition of adolescents is such a unique time in a persons’ life, for the adolescent their parents. I am here to support you through it!
Working with women as they transition into and throughout motherhood holds a special place in my heart. My passion working with individuals in the perinatal season of life was ignited through my own experiences of motherhood. There are many unseen and unspoken challenges that come along with parenthood. No matter what your experience, I am here to support you in anyway I can. I also specialize working with adolescents and teens through social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. The transition of adolescents is such a unique time in a persons’ life, for the adolescent their parents. I am here to support you through it!
(850) 918-8167 View (850) 918-8167
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Better Beginnings
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32210
LOCATIONS IN ALACHUA AND ORANGE PARK/JACKSONVILLE. Better Beginnings is Florida's premier practice specializing in mental health surrounding fertility, pregnancy, loss and early parenting years. Our levels of care include prenatal preparation, traditional weekly outpatient visits and Florida's first Mother/Baby Partial Hospitalization Program (an intensive, outpatient day program). All of our team have received additional training and education in working during the time of pregnancy and postpartum. We look forward to partnering with you in your care.
LOCATIONS IN ALACHUA AND ORANGE PARK/JACKSONVILLE. Better Beginnings is Florida's premier practice specializing in mental health surrounding fertility, pregnancy, loss and early parenting years. Our levels of care include prenatal preparation, traditional weekly outpatient visits and Florida's first Mother/Baby Partial Hospitalization Program (an intensive, outpatient day program). All of our team have received additional training and education in working during the time of pregnancy and postpartum. We look forward to partnering with you in your care.
(386) 518-6089 View (386) 518-6089
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Annia Palacios
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, PMH-C, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32256  (Online Only)
The journey of becoming a parent changes us - in the best ways and also in some challenging and unexpected ways. Anxiety, mom rage, overstimulation, relationship issues, birth trauma, and postpartum depression can make it hard to find joy sometimes, especially when you don't feel quite like yourself these days. You love your baby but want things to be different. You want things to be better so you can be the parent you'd always hoped you'd be. I've got you.
The journey of becoming a parent changes us - in the best ways and also in some challenging and unexpected ways. Anxiety, mom rage, overstimulation, relationship issues, birth trauma, and postpartum depression can make it hard to find joy sometimes, especially when you don't feel quite like yourself these days. You love your baby but want things to be different. You want things to be better so you can be the parent you'd always hoped you'd be. I've got you.
(817) 818-7152 View (817) 818-7152
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Rebecca Corbicz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCTP, PMH-C, QS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32223
Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years experience. Currently accepting Social Work Interns for Qualified Supervision and new clients seeking a warm, client-focused therapist with extensive experience in trauma, women's health, and medical background. I am Certified in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMH-C) as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years experience. Currently accepting Social Work Interns for Qualified Supervision and new clients seeking a warm, client-focused therapist with extensive experience in trauma, women's health, and medical background. I am Certified in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMH-C) as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
(813) 993-0789 View (813) 993-0789
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Teresa Michelle Eltrich
Counselor, MS, LMHC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Focusing on Perinatal Mental Health encompasses all aspects of the journey to motherhood. I find that working with new moms struggling with the transition, anxiety and depression, women working to overcome infertility and the frustration of trying to conceive, and the moms that have experienced heartbreak of loss is where my heart is. The struggles during all of these journeys can be exhausting. Whether it is sleepless nights with a newborn, anxiety and worry keeping you up at night, or the wish that you were being kept up at night because you are struggling with becoming pregnant or have had a pregnancy loss-you have a place here.
Focusing on Perinatal Mental Health encompasses all aspects of the journey to motherhood. I find that working with new moms struggling with the transition, anxiety and depression, women working to overcome infertility and the frustration of trying to conceive, and the moms that have experienced heartbreak of loss is where my heart is. The struggles during all of these journeys can be exhausting. Whether it is sleepless nights with a newborn, anxiety and worry keeping you up at night, or the wish that you were being kept up at night because you are struggling with becoming pregnant or have had a pregnancy loss-you have a place here.
(727) 295-2058 View (727) 295-2058
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Joanne Thomas
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32209
I am also a trained Perinatal Mental Health Counselor (postpartum.
Have you been struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma history, or relationship conflicts? Are you looking for someone with an empathetic ear? Have you been looking for the type of counselor who will be honest and interject humor while providing encouragement to achieve your goals?
I am also a trained Perinatal Mental Health Counselor (postpartum.
Have you been struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma history, or relationship conflicts? Are you looking for someone with an empathetic ear? Have you been looking for the type of counselor who will be honest and interject humor while providing encouragement to achieve your goals?
(540) 724-8620 View (540) 724-8620
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Theresa Roman
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Waitlist for new clients
Our team is accepting new clients. Dr. Roman has a waitlist. A therapy practice JUST for moms! Being a mom at any stage can be hard. Pregnancy and the postpartum period can be an extremely emotional experience for moms. Many changes happen mentally and physically that can make this time period challenging. As many as 1 in 7 moms will experience a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD). PMAD can occur at any point from conception through postpartum, sometimes extending into a lengthy course of time if not treated. If you are a mom with these issues, you might feel alone, helpless and fearful of how to ask for help with PMADs.
Our team is accepting new clients. Dr. Roman has a waitlist. A therapy practice JUST for moms! Being a mom at any stage can be hard. Pregnancy and the postpartum period can be an extremely emotional experience for moms. Many changes happen mentally and physically that can make this time period challenging. As many as 1 in 7 moms will experience a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD). PMAD can occur at any point from conception through postpartum, sometimes extending into a lengthy course of time if not treated. If you are a mom with these issues, you might feel alone, helpless and fearful of how to ask for help with PMADs.
(843) 994-2244 View (843) 994-2244
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Simone Goldberg
Counselor, LMHC, MA, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32259
Simone is a highly qualified, empathetic, and motivated professional with experience in a Brazilian Perinatal Unit, providing psychological support to high-risk pregnant women, recent mothers and their families with premature babies.
Motherhood can be a paradoxical experience – moments of fulfillment, contentment, accompanied by lack of sleep, fear, guilt and many, many questions. Societal messages about “how a good mother should be”, mixed with transgenerational expectations and rules, idealizations, feelings of loss, self-doubt and disbelief can make you feel overwhelmed and question: “Who am I now that I have this baby?”, “Will I be a good-enough mother?”, “Will I ever be able to sleep well again?”, “What about my sexual life?”, “How can I reconcile being a partner, mother and professional”?, “Why do I feel so depressed/ sad/ anxious?”
Simone is a highly qualified, empathetic, and motivated professional with experience in a Brazilian Perinatal Unit, providing psychological support to high-risk pregnant women, recent mothers and their families with premature babies.
Motherhood can be a paradoxical experience – moments of fulfillment, contentment, accompanied by lack of sleep, fear, guilt and many, many questions. Societal messages about “how a good mother should be”, mixed with transgenerational expectations and rules, idealizations, feelings of loss, self-doubt and disbelief can make you feel overwhelmed and question: “Who am I now that I have this baby?”, “Will I be a good-enough mother?”, “Will I ever be able to sleep well again?”, “What about my sexual life?”, “How can I reconcile being a partner, mother and professional”?, “Why do I feel so depressed/ sad/ anxious?”
(407) 258-2368 View (407) 258-2368
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Vanessa San Millan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Hi, my name is Vanessa San Millan, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have over 13 years of experience working with individuals and families to address a range of social and emotional issues. My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, relationships, grief, post-partum anxiety, and depression. I am passionate about helping others and believe that every person has the potential to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. I work with a wide range of individuals and families. I have experience with Self-esteem building, anxiety, depression, grief process, postpartum anxiety, postpartum depression, and relationships.
Hi, my name is Vanessa San Millan, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have over 13 years of experience working with individuals and families to address a range of social and emotional issues. My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, relationships, grief, post-partum anxiety, and depression. I am passionate about helping others and believe that every person has the potential to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. I work with a wide range of individuals and families. I have experience with Self-esteem building, anxiety, depression, grief process, postpartum anxiety, postpartum depression, and relationships.
(904) 932-0389 View (904) 932-0389
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Emily Pudlinski
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32277  (Online Only)
I have experience working with military members, military dependents, and perinatal concerns.
Finding the right therapist can be like finding your coziest sweater. I work closely with clients to establish a comfortable rapport before helping them work through difficult adjustments in life. I walk beside clients as they process past traumas and work towards healing. Together we will work towards achieving individual goals.
I have experience working with military members, military dependents, and perinatal concerns.
Finding the right therapist can be like finding your coziest sweater. I work closely with clients to establish a comfortable rapport before helping them work through difficult adjustments in life. I walk beside clients as they process past traumas and work towards healing. Together we will work towards achieving individual goals.
(904) 736-7489 View (904) 736-7489
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Lori Driscoll Counseling Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216
My focus has been in but is not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, postpartum, and behavioral health issues.
Everyone has moments where life's challenges can be overwhelming and feel like they are too much to handle. During these times choosing a therapist for yourself or loved one can be a very important decision. I am dedicated to providing quality, professional, and compassionate services in a safe supportive environment. I cover a wide variety of issues for children, adolescents, parents, individuals, and couples. I also offer an eclectic combination of therapeutic approaches. I take a client centered approach to ensure a coordinated effort in hopes of providing clients an improvement in quality of life, opportunity for growth, and a new found hope.
My focus has been in but is not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, postpartum, and behavioral health issues.
Everyone has moments where life's challenges can be overwhelming and feel like they are too much to handle. During these times choosing a therapist for yourself or loved one can be a very important decision. I am dedicated to providing quality, professional, and compassionate services in a safe supportive environment. I cover a wide variety of issues for children, adolescents, parents, individuals, and couples. I also offer an eclectic combination of therapeutic approaches. I take a client centered approach to ensure a coordinated effort in hopes of providing clients an improvement in quality of life, opportunity for growth, and a new found hope.
(904) 584-3689 View (904) 584-3689
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A+ Supportive Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, EdS, LCSW, CSAM, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32223  (Online Only)
Change your thoughts and you change your world were words of wisdom spoken so eloquently by Norman Vincent Peale. I believe our thoughts, the manner in which we process our surroundings, have great impact on our emotions and are the root of our actions. I believe awareness of our thoughts and how we choose to process them can change the trajectory of our outcomes. I have experience working with women before, during, and after pregnancy, and working with patients with new and/or chronic medical diagnoses. I also have experience working with foster care, adoptions, birth mothers, and potential adoptive parents.
Change your thoughts and you change your world were words of wisdom spoken so eloquently by Norman Vincent Peale. I believe our thoughts, the manner in which we process our surroundings, have great impact on our emotions and are the root of our actions. I believe awareness of our thoughts and how we choose to process them can change the trajectory of our outcomes. I have experience working with women before, during, and after pregnancy, and working with patients with new and/or chronic medical diagnoses. I also have experience working with foster care, adoptions, birth mothers, and potential adoptive parents.
(904) 606-1189 View (904) 606-1189
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Lauren Delaparte
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32257
With warmth, empathy and compassion, I provide psychotherapy to adults who are struggling with self-criticism, anxiety, grief, depression or relationship problems. I specialize in helping individuals heal from experiences of trauma and have expertise in women's issues that can impact mental health like pregnancy, parenting, infertility, menopause, and pregnancy loss. Finally, I offer therapy for couples and families who are wishing to heal from conflict, and improve relationship satisfaction.
With warmth, empathy and compassion, I provide psychotherapy to adults who are struggling with self-criticism, anxiety, grief, depression or relationship problems. I specialize in helping individuals heal from experiences of trauma and have expertise in women's issues that can impact mental health like pregnancy, parenting, infertility, menopause, and pregnancy loss. Finally, I offer therapy for couples and families who are wishing to heal from conflict, and improve relationship satisfaction.
(904) 801-5791 View (904) 801-5791
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Jessica Bell
Mental Health Counselor, MEd/EdS, LMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32223  (Online Only)
Jessica Bell is an ERP specialist for clients experiencing OCD and anxiety (social anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety). Clients that work with Jessica have been struggling with intrusive thoughts that feel extremely distressing and limit them from engaging in life in the way they want to. They spend time ruminating, avoiding, and engaging in behaviors over and over that seem to only help a short period of time (if at all). She also has experience working with OCD subtypes of Harm Fears, Sexual Obsessions, Perinatal OCD, Relationship OCD, "Just Right," Contamination/Illness, Vomiting Phobias, & more.
Jessica Bell is an ERP specialist for clients experiencing OCD and anxiety (social anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety). Clients that work with Jessica have been struggling with intrusive thoughts that feel extremely distressing and limit them from engaging in life in the way they want to. They spend time ruminating, avoiding, and engaging in behaviors over and over that seem to only help a short period of time (if at all). She also has experience working with OCD subtypes of Harm Fears, Sexual Obsessions, Perinatal OCD, Relationship OCD, "Just Right," Contamination/Illness, Vomiting Phobias, & more.
(904) 467-4668 View (904) 467-4668
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Lori Norris
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32226  (Online Only)
Throughout my career, I've supported clients through challenges related to parenting, blended families, grief and loss, life transitions, and women’s health issues, including pregnancy and postpartum experiences.
Welcome to a space of growth and healing! I’m Lori, a compassionate counselor with experience helping individuals and families navigate various anxiety concerns and depression. My approach combines trusted methods for anxiety diagnoses (social anxiety, panic attacks, etc) and OCD like Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) with systematic desensitization, Inference Based CBT (I-CBT), along with elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness. These techniques are tailored to meet your unique needs, ensuring a personalized path to wellness.
Throughout my career, I've supported clients through challenges related to parenting, blended families, grief and loss, life transitions, and women’s health issues, including pregnancy and postpartum experiences.
Welcome to a space of growth and healing! I’m Lori, a compassionate counselor with experience helping individuals and families navigate various anxiety concerns and depression. My approach combines trusted methods for anxiety diagnoses (social anxiety, panic attacks, etc) and OCD like Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) with systematic desensitization, Inference Based CBT (I-CBT), along with elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness. These techniques are tailored to meet your unique needs, ensuring a personalized path to wellness.
(904) 877-4418 View (904) 877-4418

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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.