Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum Therapists in Saint Louis, MO

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Taylor Bass
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63139
What would it look like to feel safe in your body? What would it look like to be whole? What might it feel like to love yourself authentically and wholeheartedly? These simple but profound questions call out to us and point us toward possibility and hope. Nobody has life 100% down, but healing and ongoing well-being are genuinely possible. Let’s do this together! I have special interest and experience working with adolescents and adults surrounding perinatal mental health, depression, anxiety, relationships, and life transitions, as well as trauma and PTSD related to issues of race, and community violence.
What would it look like to feel safe in your body? What would it look like to be whole? What might it feel like to love yourself authentically and wholeheartedly? These simple but profound questions call out to us and point us toward possibility and hope. Nobody has life 100% down, but healing and ongoing well-being are genuinely possible. Let’s do this together! I have special interest and experience working with adolescents and adults surrounding perinatal mental health, depression, anxiety, relationships, and life transitions, as well as trauma and PTSD related to issues of race, and community violence.
(314) 207-4005 View (314) 207-4005
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Abby Evilsizor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63122  (Online Only)
Fuerza means strength in Spanish and that is what I wish for all of my clients who come to Fuerza Wellness. What I hope for you during therapy is that you are able to find the strength you need to get through life’s challenges AND to allow yourself to let go and soften. That you can dream of your future AND live in the moment. That you may know your identities AND be confident in what those are. If you are going through a major life transition, coming into your own as an adult, have a trauma history, are bicultural, or in the perinatal phase of life, we may be a good fit to work together.
Fuerza means strength in Spanish and that is what I wish for all of my clients who come to Fuerza Wellness. What I hope for you during therapy is that you are able to find the strength you need to get through life’s challenges AND to allow yourself to let go and soften. That you can dream of your future AND live in the moment. That you may know your identities AND be confident in what those are. If you are going through a major life transition, coming into your own as an adult, have a trauma history, are bicultural, or in the perinatal phase of life, we may be a good fit to work together.
(314) 501-6627 View (314) 501-6627
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Jessica Heitman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63128  (Online Only)
I support clients through pregnancy, postpartum, parenting, and women's issues find their way to being the mother they imagined.
Do you find yourself caught between moments of joy and love, yet overwhelmed and adrift? Are you grappling with guilt as you navigate what should be a joyful time? Does your toddler's behavior make you feel like you are boiling over? The "what if's" of motherhood are keeping you on edge? Regardless what stage of motherhood you're in, together, we will ride the waves of motherhood with ease, grace, & confidence. For more information, visit wavesofmotherhood.com.
I support clients through pregnancy, postpartum, parenting, and women's issues find their way to being the mother they imagined.
Do you find yourself caught between moments of joy and love, yet overwhelmed and adrift? Are you grappling with guilt as you navigate what should be a joyful time? Does your toddler's behavior make you feel like you are boiling over? The "what if's" of motherhood are keeping you on edge? Regardless what stage of motherhood you're in, together, we will ride the waves of motherhood with ease, grace, & confidence. For more information, visit wavesofmotherhood.com.
(314) 730-3954 View (314) 730-3954
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Megan Dooley Hussmann
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63116
I am especially interested in working with individuals and couples through pregnancy, postpartum, and early parenting years.
Are you feeling disconnected and out of sorts? Do you want to be curious about how to feel more grounded and like yourself? I believe that we heal when we can connect to our self and express ourselves freely to others. There is a whole lot that can get in the way of being able to do that. Our work is to better understand what's getting in the way so that you can start to feel more peace and connection in your life.
I am especially interested in working with individuals and couples through pregnancy, postpartum, and early parenting years.
Are you feeling disconnected and out of sorts? Do you want to be curious about how to feel more grounded and like yourself? I believe that we heal when we can connect to our self and express ourselves freely to others. There is a whole lot that can get in the way of being able to do that. Our work is to better understand what's getting in the way so that you can start to feel more peace and connection in your life.
(314) 970-5716 View (314) 970-5716
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Conscious Momma Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CYT, TCYM
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63109  (Online Only)
Whatever is bothering you; your identity as a mom, how you were raised, pregnancy loss or termination, past abuse, I want to support you.
Accepting New Patients! You're a mother who has tried therapy. You felt heard and supported but you don't feel different, and motherhood has made everything more intense! You understand your past more and maybe even feel like the expert on yourself. When the past comes up you cry, tense up, get defensive, yell, people please, isolate yourself, feel guarded, helpless, or even voiceless. You're scared it impacts you as a mom, partner/spouse, friend, and woman. You feel anxious, unheard, unsatisfied, unsafe, or unloved. Sometimes you think, "I suck!" You desperately want to release what swirls around your head and body but feel stuck.
Whatever is bothering you; your identity as a mom, how you were raised, pregnancy loss or termination, past abuse, I want to support you.
Accepting New Patients! You're a mother who has tried therapy. You felt heard and supported but you don't feel different, and motherhood has made everything more intense! You understand your past more and maybe even feel like the expert on yourself. When the past comes up you cry, tense up, get defensive, yell, people please, isolate yourself, feel guarded, helpless, or even voiceless. You're scared it impacts you as a mom, partner/spouse, friend, and woman. You feel anxious, unheard, unsatisfied, unsafe, or unloved. Sometimes you think, "I suck!" You desperately want to release what swirls around your head and body but feel stuck.
(314) 834-5832 View (314) 834-5832
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Alex Richards
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63105  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with college-age individuals & young adults with a focus on anxiety, life transitions, relationships, and perinatal/postpartum mental health.
Accepting new clients May '24- I believe everyone has an inner strength and that a large part of my role as a therapist is to assist you in discovering and utilizing whatever that strength may be! It is vital to the therapy process to feel a genuine connection with your therapist, so I focus on establishing rapport and strive to create a safe and open environment in which you can feel comfortable to be yourself. I provide individual therapy and am passionate about helping clients navigate a variety of concerns including: anxiety, depression, perinatal/postpartum mental health, self-esteem, relationship issues, and life transitions.
I specialize in working with college-age individuals & young adults with a focus on anxiety, life transitions, relationships, and perinatal/postpartum mental health.
Accepting new clients May '24- I believe everyone has an inner strength and that a large part of my role as a therapist is to assist you in discovering and utilizing whatever that strength may be! It is vital to the therapy process to feel a genuine connection with your therapist, so I focus on establishing rapport and strive to create a safe and open environment in which you can feel comfortable to be yourself. I provide individual therapy and am passionate about helping clients navigate a variety of concerns including: anxiety, depression, perinatal/postpartum mental health, self-esteem, relationship issues, and life transitions.
(314) 526-2623 View (314) 526-2623
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Marianela Dornhecker
Psychologist, PhD, CCTP-II
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63116  (Online Only)
My approach to therapy incorporates deep emotional work with action and goal-oriented steps. I aim to help clients build awareness of their pain points while fostering a mindful and nonjudgmental curiosity about themselves. I have specialized training in working with folks impacted by trauma and experiencing perinatal mental health and adjustment concerns. I believe our past experiences, including intergenerational trauma, can impact the way we show up in the present. My goal is to create a therapeutic space in which clients can work through these experiences to find their authentic selves and build deeper relationships.
My approach to therapy incorporates deep emotional work with action and goal-oriented steps. I aim to help clients build awareness of their pain points while fostering a mindful and nonjudgmental curiosity about themselves. I have specialized training in working with folks impacted by trauma and experiencing perinatal mental health and adjustment concerns. I believe our past experiences, including intergenerational trauma, can impact the way we show up in the present. My goal is to create a therapeutic space in which clients can work through these experiences to find their authentic selves and build deeper relationships.
(844) 949-2893 View (844) 949-2893
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Morgan Dietz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63139
I have experience working with young adults and adults surrounding trauma/PTSD, grief, depression, anxiety, relationships, LGBTQIA+ identity exploration, life transitions, perinatal mental health, and eating disorders.
Life moves so quickly! We seldom take time to pause, reflect, and observe the beauty in and around us. Instead, we tend to ruminate about the past or obsess about the future, robbing us of present moment awareness. Therapeutic space provides the unique opportunity to remedy this —if we can simply be present, we learn to work meaningfully with the thoughts and emotions which arise, and we find direction and new possibilities. My hope is to be a source of safety, insight, and clarification as we help you find your way.
I have experience working with young adults and adults surrounding trauma/PTSD, grief, depression, anxiety, relationships, LGBTQIA+ identity exploration, life transitions, perinatal mental health, and eating disorders.
Life moves so quickly! We seldom take time to pause, reflect, and observe the beauty in and around us. Instead, we tend to ruminate about the past or obsess about the future, robbing us of present moment awareness. Therapeutic space provides the unique opportunity to remedy this —if we can simply be present, we learn to work meaningfully with the thoughts and emotions which arise, and we find direction and new possibilities. My hope is to be a source of safety, insight, and clarification as we help you find your way.
(314) 912-3511 View (314) 912-3511
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Andrea Crafton Bloom Perinatal Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63146  (Online Only)
I focus on mental health during/after pregnancy, grief/loss of pregnancy, postpartum depression/anxiety, and emotional health related to infertility.
You currently may feel alone and no one understands your struggles whether you are having issues with infertility, loss, the postpartum period, or birth trauma/planning. The people you are closest to try to be supportive, but their support just isn't enough. Your current reality is far from what you envisioned for yourself regarding motherhood and instead you are left feeling defeated. I often hear from my clients they feel stuck while the world is moving at a fast pace right by them. Let's work together to help get you moving and unstuck.
I focus on mental health during/after pregnancy, grief/loss of pregnancy, postpartum depression/anxiety, and emotional health related to infertility.
You currently may feel alone and no one understands your struggles whether you are having issues with infertility, loss, the postpartum period, or birth trauma/planning. The people you are closest to try to be supportive, but their support just isn't enough. Your current reality is far from what you envisioned for yourself regarding motherhood and instead you are left feeling defeated. I often hear from my clients they feel stuck while the world is moving at a fast pace right by them. Let's work together to help get you moving and unstuck.
(573) 577-2604 View (573) 577-2604
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Maria Carella
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63119  (Online Only)
Specialties include: Depression, Anxiety, Stress Management, Grief and Loss, Trauma, Infertility, Pregnancy and Parenting.
I bring 30 years of experience working with women, couples and families. I am a gentle and compassionate listener who works hard to understand you and your concerns. I can help you sort through your thoughts and feelings so that you can make sense of the past and implement a plan for the future which includes clarity and compassion for yourself and others.
Specialties include: Depression, Anxiety, Stress Management, Grief and Loss, Trauma, Infertility, Pregnancy and Parenting.
I bring 30 years of experience working with women, couples and families. I am a gentle and compassionate listener who works hard to understand you and your concerns. I can help you sort through your thoughts and feelings so that you can make sense of the past and implement a plan for the future which includes clarity and compassion for yourself and others.
(314) 492-5042 View (314) 492-5042
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Laura Adamgbo
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC, RPT-S
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63117
My specialties include: Couples counseling, Divorce/co-parenting, school issues, acculturation, adjustment, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and birth trauma.
Are you going through a major change in your life? Divorce, remarriage, blending a family, new job, new baby? Have you hit a road block in your career? Is anxiety keeping you from living an enriching lifestyle? Do you have unresolved trauma? Do you have a difficult to manage child? I can help you with these sudden roadblocks. During these transitional phases of life, we need a support system to help us gain strength, resilience and maintain a healthy living. I use EMDR, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in working with adult clients and play therapy with my child clients. I act as an advocate, sounding board and gentle challenger.
My specialties include: Couples counseling, Divorce/co-parenting, school issues, acculturation, adjustment, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and birth trauma.
Are you going through a major change in your life? Divorce, remarriage, blending a family, new job, new baby? Have you hit a road block in your career? Is anxiety keeping you from living an enriching lifestyle? Do you have unresolved trauma? Do you have a difficult to manage child? I can help you with these sudden roadblocks. During these transitional phases of life, we need a support system to help us gain strength, resilience and maintain a healthy living. I use EMDR, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in working with adult clients and play therapy with my child clients. I act as an advocate, sounding board and gentle challenger.
(314) 925-1850 View (314) 925-1850
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Jamie Bodily
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63133
I understand the rollercoaster of emotions that come with infertility, pregnancy, and early parenthood. Whether you are struggling to conceive, anxious about pregnancy changes, or feeling overwhelmed as a new parent, I can help. With over 20 years of experience working with expectant and new families, I provide the support, tools and information you need to navigate this journey. My goal is to help you feel empowered, connected and equipped with realistic parenting strategies.
I understand the rollercoaster of emotions that come with infertility, pregnancy, and early parenthood. Whether you are struggling to conceive, anxious about pregnancy changes, or feeling overwhelmed as a new parent, I can help. With over 20 years of experience working with expectant and new families, I provide the support, tools and information you need to navigate this journey. My goal is to help you feel empowered, connected and equipped with realistic parenting strategies.
(636) 782-3339 View (636) 782-3339
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Therese J Booth
Psychologist, EdD
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63101
I've assisted women and their partners with handling intense symptoms related to postpartum adjustment, infertility, and pregnancy loss.
I often work with people to manage issues in their lives that have become difficult and distressing, such as separation/divorce, career/job changes, grief/loss, relocation, becoming a parent, and retirement. Some clients experience symptoms of anxiety or depression and we focus on realistic, practical strategies to reduce their intensity and impact. My approach involves closely assessing how these issues impact daily life, how relationships are affected, what support has or hasn't been available and then develop a plan for working toward changes and greater satisfaction in life.
I've assisted women and their partners with handling intense symptoms related to postpartum adjustment, infertility, and pregnancy loss.
I often work with people to manage issues in their lives that have become difficult and distressing, such as separation/divorce, career/job changes, grief/loss, relocation, becoming a parent, and retirement. Some clients experience symptoms of anxiety or depression and we focus on realistic, practical strategies to reduce their intensity and impact. My approach involves closely assessing how these issues impact daily life, how relationships are affected, what support has or hasn't been available and then develop a plan for working toward changes and greater satisfaction in life.
(314) 610-3232 View (314) 610-3232
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Katherine Aravamudan
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63110  (Online Only)
I work with adults through many stressors, and I specalize in caring for parents. I'm here to make time for your well-being and help support you through this tough, wonderful, never-ending job. Maybe you're having anxious thoughts or feeling down. Maybe something big is changing. For most parents, we get used to taking care of ourselves last, if at all. Therapy is a time for you. Transitioning to parenthood brings up a world of emotions from joy and excitement to grief and anxiety. And it doesn't end with postpartum. Life gets messy sometimes. I'm dedicated to providing support to you, the caregivers doing the work every day.
I work with adults through many stressors, and I specalize in caring for parents. I'm here to make time for your well-being and help support you through this tough, wonderful, never-ending job. Maybe you're having anxious thoughts or feeling down. Maybe something big is changing. For most parents, we get used to taking care of ourselves last, if at all. Therapy is a time for you. Transitioning to parenthood brings up a world of emotions from joy and excitement to grief and anxiety. And it doesn't end with postpartum. Life gets messy sometimes. I'm dedicated to providing support to you, the caregivers doing the work every day.
(314) 897-7181 View (314) 897-7181
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Valerie Akerson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63131
I have been personally affected by a high risk pregnancy, a traumatic birth and a NICU stay. That is what has led me to this work. For the past thirteen years, my work has been with perinatal mental health; specifically working with women with high risk pregnancies due to a congenital anomaly identified in their baby during pregnancy. I am here to help anyone that is struggling with feelings of angst and unrest about those unexpected challenges that are thrown your way. I have worked a great deal with perinatal and infant loss as well. I have a growing passion for helping women, specifically focusing on maternal mental health.
I have been personally affected by a high risk pregnancy, a traumatic birth and a NICU stay. That is what has led me to this work. For the past thirteen years, my work has been with perinatal mental health; specifically working with women with high risk pregnancies due to a congenital anomaly identified in their baby during pregnancy. I am here to help anyone that is struggling with feelings of angst and unrest about those unexpected challenges that are thrown your way. I have worked a great deal with perinatal and infant loss as well. I have a growing passion for helping women, specifically focusing on maternal mental health.
(314) 804-2171 View (314) 804-2171
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Mary Alice Grady
MA, NCC, PLPC, APRN
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63130
Are you experiencing a life transition such as pregnancy, postpartum adjustment, relationship issues, parenting challenges, or midlife changes? Perhaps you are dealing with grief and loss related to infertility, miscarriage, birth trauma, or the loss of a child? Whether you are experiencing stress and anxiety from a life challenge or searching for meaning and purpose after a loss, you possess the wisdom and inner strength for healing and change. I am here to help you clarify your thoughts, feelings, and values to navigate life’s challenges and live a more authentic and meaningful life.
Are you experiencing a life transition such as pregnancy, postpartum adjustment, relationship issues, parenting challenges, or midlife changes? Perhaps you are dealing with grief and loss related to infertility, miscarriage, birth trauma, or the loss of a child? Whether you are experiencing stress and anxiety from a life challenge or searching for meaning and purpose after a loss, you possess the wisdom and inner strength for healing and change. I am here to help you clarify your thoughts, feelings, and values to navigate life’s challenges and live a more authentic and meaningful life.
(314) 886-7834 View (314) 886-7834
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Dr. Charie Motley
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63119
My practice focuses on mental health during/after pregnancy, grief/loss of pregnancy or child, postpartum depression and anxiety, and emotional health related to infertility and/or conception challenges.
The journey to parenthood is often idealized as the most joyous and miraculous time of your life, but what happens when your reality does not match your fairytale, and you are thrust into challenges for which you feel ill-prepared? What happens when your reality is wrought with grief/loss, anger, anxiety, depression, and confusion? Where do you go when your journey is further complicated by medical, environmental, and systemic issues outside of your control? During these times you need someone to help you navigate the emotional roller coasters, cavernous grief, and unpredictability in ways that feel safe and natural.
My practice focuses on mental health during/after pregnancy, grief/loss of pregnancy or child, postpartum depression and anxiety, and emotional health related to infertility and/or conception challenges.
The journey to parenthood is often idealized as the most joyous and miraculous time of your life, but what happens when your reality does not match your fairytale, and you are thrust into challenges for which you feel ill-prepared? What happens when your reality is wrought with grief/loss, anger, anxiety, depression, and confusion? Where do you go when your journey is further complicated by medical, environmental, and systemic issues outside of your control? During these times you need someone to help you navigate the emotional roller coasters, cavernous grief, and unpredictability in ways that feel safe and natural.
(636) 202-4034 View (636) 202-4034
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Jen Mccurdy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63105
Greetings! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private counseling practice specializing in infertility, pregnancy/birth, postpartum, attachment and parenting challenges. I combine my life experiences and formal trainings to provide my clients with a unique blend of acceptance, knowledge and compassion which I believe to be vital for healing and leaping into the unknown spaces of living life abundantly. Feel free to call or email me anytime with questions or to learn more about how we can work together.
Greetings! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private counseling practice specializing in infertility, pregnancy/birth, postpartum, attachment and parenting challenges. I combine my life experiences and formal trainings to provide my clients with a unique blend of acceptance, knowledge and compassion which I believe to be vital for healing and leaping into the unknown spaces of living life abundantly. Feel free to call or email me anytime with questions or to learn more about how we can work together.
(314) 309-2389 View (314) 309-2389
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Erika R King
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63129
Waitlist for new clients
I enjoy working with adolescents and adults experiencing issues related to mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and adjustment issues. Over the past several years I have begun to specialize more fully in working with women who are experiencing stress related to TFMR, infertility, pregnancy/infancy loss, child loss, as well as women dealing with divorce, affairs, and other life stressors. I became certified in Perinatal Mental Health through Post Partum Support International in 2021. I bring an engaging, insightful, and empathic method to the table, meeting the client where they are emotionally and engaging in a gentle but consist
I enjoy working with adolescents and adults experiencing issues related to mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and adjustment issues. Over the past several years I have begun to specialize more fully in working with women who are experiencing stress related to TFMR, infertility, pregnancy/infancy loss, child loss, as well as women dealing with divorce, affairs, and other life stressors. I became certified in Perinatal Mental Health through Post Partum Support International in 2021. I bring an engaging, insightful, and empathic method to the table, meeting the client where they are emotionally and engaging in a gentle but consist
(314) 626-8253 View (314) 626-8253
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Taylor Oberhelman
Pre-Licensed Professional, PLPC, MA, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63141
Alongside my focus in perinatal mental health, I have experience working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, phase of life issues, and trauma.
Parenthood is a transformative and rewarding journey, but it comes with emotional challenges. I am passionate about assisting mothers and fathers through the complexities of pregnancy, postpartum, and the transition into parenthood and aim to provide a non-judgmental space for you to freely express yourself and process your emotions. Together, we can explore and address the emotional aspects of pregnancy and early parenthood, and foster a path toward healing and well-being.
Alongside my focus in perinatal mental health, I have experience working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, phase of life issues, and trauma.
Parenthood is a transformative and rewarding journey, but it comes with emotional challenges. I am passionate about assisting mothers and fathers through the complexities of pregnancy, postpartum, and the transition into parenthood and aim to provide a non-judgmental space for you to freely express yourself and process your emotions. Together, we can explore and address the emotional aspects of pregnancy and early parenthood, and foster a path toward healing and well-being.
(314) 947-4133 View (314) 947-4133

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.