Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum Therapists in New York, NY

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Eleanor L McGlinchey
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10017
Whether you're seeking help for sleep or struggling in pregnancy or postpartum, I'd like to help.
I use techniques based in research to help people sleep and new mothers navigate transitions. I work with patients struggling with stress and mood problems that often rob them of sleep. I love to see patients try something new in their day-to-day life and see the negative cycle of poor sleep and bad days turn into sleep and daytime confidence. I also enjoy working with people seeking therapy for fertility, pregnancy and postpartum-related concerns. In this area, I seek to help families clarify and make the complicated decisions that come with family planning, pregnancy, postpartum, and parenthood.
Whether you're seeking help for sleep or struggling in pregnancy or postpartum, I'd like to help.
I use techniques based in research to help people sleep and new mothers navigate transitions. I work with patients struggling with stress and mood problems that often rob them of sleep. I love to see patients try something new in their day-to-day life and see the negative cycle of poor sleep and bad days turn into sleep and daytime confidence. I also enjoy working with people seeking therapy for fertility, pregnancy and postpartum-related concerns. In this area, I seek to help families clarify and make the complicated decisions that come with family planning, pregnancy, postpartum, and parenthood.
(646) 328-6390 View (646) 328-6390
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Charu Sood
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010  (Online Only)
Whether you're seeking support for trauma recovery, navigating life as an immigrant, facing perinatal or postpartum concerns, I am here to guide you.
In my practice, I provide a safe and inclusive space where you can critically examine your challenges, find strength, and embrace your true potential. My approach is rooted in compassion, cultural sensitivity, and evidence-based techniques tailored to your specific needs. Therapy is meant to be a relationship where we can say the things we don’t normally say aloud and practice the habits we want to build and use in our daily lives. Our therapeutic relationship is the judgement-free zone in which you can learn and practice how to voice your needs, set boundaries, and own your power in your relationships.
Whether you're seeking support for trauma recovery, navigating life as an immigrant, facing perinatal or postpartum concerns, I am here to guide you.
In my practice, I provide a safe and inclusive space where you can critically examine your challenges, find strength, and embrace your true potential. My approach is rooted in compassion, cultural sensitivity, and evidence-based techniques tailored to your specific needs. Therapy is meant to be a relationship where we can say the things we don’t normally say aloud and practice the habits we want to build and use in our daily lives. Our therapeutic relationship is the judgement-free zone in which you can learn and practice how to voice your needs, set boundaries, and own your power in your relationships.
(332) 455-1599 View (332) 455-1599
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Erin Collins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022  (Online Only)
My focus is on understanding the psychological, emotional, and social impact of childhood illness, grief, pregnancy loss, fertility struggles, family discord, and adapting to life changes.
As a dedicated Pediatric Medical Social Worker serving esteemed hospitals in New York City, my passion lies in supporting children, adolescents, and families as they navigate the challenges of chronic and life-threatening illnesses, as well as grief and bereavement. With a comprehensive grasp of the psychological, emotional, and social impact of these experiences, I place great emphasis on collaborative partnerships with clients, crafting personalized and family-centered therapeutic strategies.
My focus is on understanding the psychological, emotional, and social impact of childhood illness, grief, pregnancy loss, fertility struggles, family discord, and adapting to life changes.
As a dedicated Pediatric Medical Social Worker serving esteemed hospitals in New York City, my passion lies in supporting children, adolescents, and families as they navigate the challenges of chronic and life-threatening illnesses, as well as grief and bereavement. With a comprehensive grasp of the psychological, emotional, and social impact of these experiences, I place great emphasis on collaborative partnerships with clients, crafting personalized and family-centered therapeutic strategies.
(347) 580-5453 View (347) 580-5453
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Lea Schupak
Counselor, LMHC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016
My practice focuses on fertility / pregnancy / postpartum (incl. new dads & LGBTQ families), grief (more specifically early mother loss, and pregnancy loss), and relationship issues. Throughout our lives, we're constantly relating to one another, and building new experiences from these relationships. Unfortunately, relationships can also often feel unfulfilling, or make us feel neglected somehow. They can bring on feelings of loss and disconnection. Then, life in general starts to feel unfulfilling. This can be changed. Psychotherapy, where the fit between patient / therapist is right, can be an immensely powerful tool.
My practice focuses on fertility / pregnancy / postpartum (incl. new dads & LGBTQ families), grief (more specifically early mother loss, and pregnancy loss), and relationship issues. Throughout our lives, we're constantly relating to one another, and building new experiences from these relationships. Unfortunately, relationships can also often feel unfulfilling, or make us feel neglected somehow. They can bring on feelings of loss and disconnection. Then, life in general starts to feel unfulfilling. This can be changed. Psychotherapy, where the fit between patient / therapist is right, can be an immensely powerful tool.
(646) 766-8330 View (646) 766-8330
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Lara Ngu
Pre-Licensed Professional, MHC-LP, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
I work with a variety of concerns and specialize in fertility, perinatal, and early parenthood.
Are you lacking meaningful connection? Perhaps you are tired of feeling overwhelmed and frustrated by relationship issues. Or maybe you are unhappy with your career or family life and desperately trying to find relief from sadness, fears, or anxiety. It’s important to know that change is possible and healing, contentment, and living with purpose are on the horizon. What can you expect from working with me? Whether we are doing couples or individual therapy, you will find a non-judgmental and empathetic environment where you can safely explore your emotions and experiences, allowing you to connect, grow, and thrive.
I work with a variety of concerns and specialize in fertility, perinatal, and early parenthood.
Are you lacking meaningful connection? Perhaps you are tired of feeling overwhelmed and frustrated by relationship issues. Or maybe you are unhappy with your career or family life and desperately trying to find relief from sadness, fears, or anxiety. It’s important to know that change is possible and healing, contentment, and living with purpose are on the horizon. What can you expect from working with me? Whether we are doing couples or individual therapy, you will find a non-judgmental and empathetic environment where you can safely explore your emotions and experiences, allowing you to connect, grow, and thrive.
(332) 249-8565 View (332) 249-8565
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Sibel Ozcan-Basar
Counselor, LMHC, EdM, MA
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10011  (Online Only)
I am a New York State licensed psychotherapist experienced in working with new and expecting mothers/birthing people who are dealing with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorder. I'm also working with women who have experienced loss or miscarriage and deal with fertility challenges. I received a dual Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Columbia University and have been in the field since 2015.
I am a New York State licensed psychotherapist experienced in working with new and expecting mothers/birthing people who are dealing with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorder. I'm also working with women who have experienced loss or miscarriage and deal with fertility challenges. I received a dual Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Columbia University and have been in the field since 2015.
(551) 261-7296 View (551) 261-7296
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Noia Efrat
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
I also specialize in work around reproductive, perinatal, and postpartum mental health, as well as dyadic, Parent-Child Therapy and Emotionally-Focused Therapy with couples.
As a psychodynamic therapist, I hold that exploring our motivations, inner conflicts and personal histories in a safe context can mobilize greater self-awareness, flexibility, and changes to problematic or painful modes of relating to ourselves and to others. I aim to foster a collaborative and responsive therapeutic environment informed by the specific needs and goals of each of my patients. I take a strengths-based approach and work to scaffold and reinforce the resources that each client brings with them.
I also specialize in work around reproductive, perinatal, and postpartum mental health, as well as dyadic, Parent-Child Therapy and Emotionally-Focused Therapy with couples.
As a psychodynamic therapist, I hold that exploring our motivations, inner conflicts and personal histories in a safe context can mobilize greater self-awareness, flexibility, and changes to problematic or painful modes of relating to ourselves and to others. I aim to foster a collaborative and responsive therapeutic environment informed by the specific needs and goals of each of my patients. I take a strengths-based approach and work to scaffold and reinforce the resources that each client brings with them.
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Masha Shapiro
Counselor, LMHC, CCTS-I, CCTP-II, EMDR
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10024  (Online Only)
My specialties also include anxiety and panic disorders, perinatal mood disorders, OCD, and relationship issues.
My name is Masha Shapiro, and I am a triple-certified trauma therapist and am also EMDR-certified. Trauma comes in all shapes and sizes. Perhaps it was a single moment in childhood when your life changed forever. Or, a collection of events over an extended period of time. It might even be trauma experienced by a parent or relative that was passed down to you. Whatever your trauma origin story, it is time to rewrite the ending. Unlike traditional trauma therapy, the Trauma Fast-Track approach gets transformational results in as little as 3-6 sessions. Please note, I only accept Aetna and United. Otherwise, all sessions are self-pay.
My specialties also include anxiety and panic disorders, perinatal mood disorders, OCD, and relationship issues.
My name is Masha Shapiro, and I am a triple-certified trauma therapist and am also EMDR-certified. Trauma comes in all shapes and sizes. Perhaps it was a single moment in childhood when your life changed forever. Or, a collection of events over an extended period of time. It might even be trauma experienced by a parent or relative that was passed down to you. Whatever your trauma origin story, it is time to rewrite the ending. Unlike traditional trauma therapy, the Trauma Fast-Track approach gets transformational results in as little as 3-6 sessions. Please note, I only accept Aetna and United. Otherwise, all sessions are self-pay.
(646) 452-9380 View (646) 452-9380
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Dana Galante
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016  (Online Only)
The path to parenthood is often bumpy. Whether you’re planning for a baby, coping with a loss, adjusting to parenthood, or have been trying for a while - you are not alone.  We provide evidence-based psychotherapy for all those involved in the parenthood journey - men, women, and couples. Our competent and nurturing therapists will team up with you to create an effective, cohesive plan to address your needs and reduce your stress.  We help treat all kinds of family-building challenges, from mild parenting stress and worry, severe perinatal depression and anxiety, traumatic birth experiences, to grieving the loss of a child.
The path to parenthood is often bumpy. Whether you’re planning for a baby, coping with a loss, adjusting to parenthood, or have been trying for a while - you are not alone.  We provide evidence-based psychotherapy for all those involved in the parenthood journey - men, women, and couples. Our competent and nurturing therapists will team up with you to create an effective, cohesive plan to address your needs and reduce your stress.  We help treat all kinds of family-building challenges, from mild parenting stress and worry, severe perinatal depression and anxiety, traumatic birth experiences, to grieving the loss of a child.
(929) 499-0140 View (929) 499-0140
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Lindsay Nejmeh
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10038
I specialize in women's and maternal mental health, pregnancy/postpartum and parental mental health.
I am a seasoned therapist treating adults struggling with relationships, anxiety, depression, life transitions, and personal goals. My specialities lie in familial conflict and trauma, women's mental health, and perinatal/parenting difficulties. I provide therapy for those seeking to minimize stress and discomfort, while working to build a deeper understanding of who they are. Together, we will navigate the challenges you are experiencing and dive deep in finding what works for you. I provide a warm, nurturing environment, while encouraging you to challenge yourself where you need to.
I specialize in women's and maternal mental health, pregnancy/postpartum and parental mental health.
I am a seasoned therapist treating adults struggling with relationships, anxiety, depression, life transitions, and personal goals. My specialities lie in familial conflict and trauma, women's mental health, and perinatal/parenting difficulties. I provide therapy for those seeking to minimize stress and discomfort, while working to build a deeper understanding of who they are. Together, we will navigate the challenges you are experiencing and dive deep in finding what works for you. I provide a warm, nurturing environment, while encouraging you to challenge yourself where you need to.
(646) 798-1185 View (646) 798-1185
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Irena Milentijevic
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021
Additionally, I have expertise in helping couples overcome reproductive traumas such as infertility, pregnancy loss, and pregnancy termination.
Are you having problems in your relationship? As a psychologist with over 20 years of experience, I am here to help. I can guide you through rebuilding trust, establishing clear communication channels, and restoring intimacy. If you’re looking for a couples therapist, you’ve probably tried to improve your relationship on your own without success, and maybe you’re discouraged. Couples therapy helps overcome these frustrations by using proven strategies to strengthen relationships. I use one of the most effective methods of couples counseling called Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFT).
Additionally, I have expertise in helping couples overcome reproductive traumas such as infertility, pregnancy loss, and pregnancy termination.
Are you having problems in your relationship? As a psychologist with over 20 years of experience, I am here to help. I can guide you through rebuilding trust, establishing clear communication channels, and restoring intimacy. If you’re looking for a couples therapist, you’ve probably tried to improve your relationship on your own without success, and maybe you’re discouraged. Couples therapy helps overcome these frustrations by using proven strategies to strengthen relationships. I use one of the most effective methods of couples counseling called Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFT).
(281) 602-3311 View (281) 602-3311
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Julia Perault Fletcher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
I am a psychotherapist, licensed in New York, Massachusetts and Texas. I specialize in the experiences of young adulthood. My areas of expertise include anxiety, family and relationship issues, sexuality and gender identity concerns, life transitions, and grief. I also work with people looking for love and navigating the dating process. Lastly, I support clients going through the fertility, pregnancy or postpartum experience.
I am a psychotherapist, licensed in New York, Massachusetts and Texas. I specialize in the experiences of young adulthood. My areas of expertise include anxiety, family and relationship issues, sexuality and gender identity concerns, life transitions, and grief. I also work with people looking for love and navigating the dating process. Lastly, I support clients going through the fertility, pregnancy or postpartum experience.
(929) 533-1613 View (929) 533-1613
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Erin Heinz
Psychologist, PsyD, HSP-P
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
I am a licensed psychologist and my approach with clients is collaborative and warm. I build a relationship with clients to help them gain insights into their struggles and ultimately grow from the experience. I specialize in psychotherapy with young adults and adults struggling with perinatal mental health issues, infertility, perinatal loss and grief, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. I also work with many people struggling with transitions and identity issues.
I am a licensed psychologist and my approach with clients is collaborative and warm. I build a relationship with clients to help them gain insights into their struggles and ultimately grow from the experience. I specialize in psychotherapy with young adults and adults struggling with perinatal mental health issues, infertility, perinatal loss and grief, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. I also work with many people struggling with transitions and identity issues.
(919) 741-3142 View (919) 741-3142
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Amanda Itzkoff,MD | Bespoke Psychiatry
MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10022
A Reproductive Psychiatrist is best equipped to help you manage the roller coaster of infertility, postpartum depression and anxiety, and complex ART options.
Dr. Amanda Itzkoff is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and a member of the American Society or Reproductive Medicine. She has been working with women and couples as a Reproductive Psychiatrist successfully for 8+ years. Services range from helping women to determine if they should stay on psychiatric medicine when they are planning to conceive, up to and including assisting women and couples in navigating advanced ART including IVF, 3rd person reproduction, surrogacy and gestation carriers.
A Reproductive Psychiatrist is best equipped to help you manage the roller coaster of infertility, postpartum depression and anxiety, and complex ART options.
Dr. Amanda Itzkoff is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and a member of the American Society or Reproductive Medicine. She has been working with women and couples as a Reproductive Psychiatrist successfully for 8+ years. Services range from helping women to determine if they should stay on psychiatric medicine when they are planning to conceive, up to and including assisting women and couples in navigating advanced ART including IVF, 3rd person reproduction, surrogacy and gestation carriers.
(917) 831-4998 View (917) 831-4998
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Arielle Freedberg
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016
I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness approaches for mood and anxiety difficulties. I also work with individuals struggling with challenging life circumstances not limited to but including: reproductive and perinatal mental health, chronic health problems, identity conflict, relationship difficulties, and values clarification. Cognitive behavioral therapy is an evidence based treatment that has been shown to be effective in treating mood and anxiety disorders. It is a short-term, solution focused treatment that is collaborative and skills based.
I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness approaches for mood and anxiety difficulties. I also work with individuals struggling with challenging life circumstances not limited to but including: reproductive and perinatal mental health, chronic health problems, identity conflict, relationship difficulties, and values clarification. Cognitive behavioral therapy is an evidence based treatment that has been shown to be effective in treating mood and anxiety disorders. It is a short-term, solution focused treatment that is collaborative and skills based.
(917) 512-4281 View (917) 512-4281
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Aileen Smith-Valley
MHC-LP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010  (Online Only)
I am a graduate of NYU in Mental Health and Wellness Counseling, and I enjoy being in a career that is service-oriented. Working predominantly with couples, families, and pediatrics, I have extensive experience getting to know and understand the unique identifiers each person holds, and how that impacts the therapeutic process. While I can work with any client, I specialize in family therapy, couples counseling, parenting, sex therapy, women’s issues & pregnancy, religious identity, vocational counseling, neurodiversity, eating disorders, PTSD, trauma, and OCD.
I am a graduate of NYU in Mental Health and Wellness Counseling, and I enjoy being in a career that is service-oriented. Working predominantly with couples, families, and pediatrics, I have extensive experience getting to know and understand the unique identifiers each person holds, and how that impacts the therapeutic process. While I can work with any client, I specialize in family therapy, couples counseling, parenting, sex therapy, women’s issues & pregnancy, religious identity, vocational counseling, neurodiversity, eating disorders, PTSD, trauma, and OCD.
(332) 378-5178 View (332) 378-5178
Photo of Megan Hart, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in New York, NY
Megan Hart
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
I also work in the area of perinatal mental health, offering prospective and new parents support and specialized knowledge of the particular issues that can arise during this time of life and transition.
Whether you're facing a crisis, struggling with the effects of trauma, or are feeling stuck in patterns that are holding you back, you don't have to go it alone. We will begin wherever you're at, and go together from there. Our work will be a collaborative effort to identify and build on what is working, as well as to work through and change the things that are not. I have extensive experience treating individuals with a range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and challenges adjusting to life changes.
I also work in the area of perinatal mental health, offering prospective and new parents support and specialized knowledge of the particular issues that can arise during this time of life and transition.
Whether you're facing a crisis, struggling with the effects of trauma, or are feeling stuck in patterns that are holding you back, you don't have to go it alone. We will begin wherever you're at, and go together from there. Our work will be a collaborative effort to identify and build on what is working, as well as to work through and change the things that are not. I have extensive experience treating individuals with a range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and challenges adjusting to life changes.
(917) 525-5747 View (917) 525-5747
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Stephanie Ringstaff
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10016  (Online Only)
I focus on anxiety, depression, grief, and self-compassion, and I love supporting individuals/couples through life transitions and identity formation. I have a passion for helping new and hopeful parents navigate the family-building process, (be it pregnancy, postpartum mental health, child/pregnancy loss, IVF, adoption, guardianship/foster care, and the baby/toddler years). Non-traditional family structures are warmly welcome here! My background in early childhood development and parent/child relationships gives me a unique perspective and the ability to support those struggling through the adjustment period of creating a family.
I focus on anxiety, depression, grief, and self-compassion, and I love supporting individuals/couples through life transitions and identity formation. I have a passion for helping new and hopeful parents navigate the family-building process, (be it pregnancy, postpartum mental health, child/pregnancy loss, IVF, adoption, guardianship/foster care, and the baby/toddler years). Non-traditional family structures are warmly welcome here! My background in early childhood development and parent/child relationships gives me a unique perspective and the ability to support those struggling through the adjustment period of creating a family.
(646) 760-4514 View (646) 760-4514
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Lillian Rishty
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
My specialty areas include anxiety, perinatal mental health, life transitions, disordered eating, and interpersonal and relationship difficulties.
With the proper support and guidance, therapy helps you cultivate your strengths, regain control, learn ways to overcome challenges, enrich your life, and take steps toward a more fulfilling future. I can help you identify patterns in your life so that you can develop a clearer understanding of your life experiences and create more positive relationships and productive behavior change. I take an active and empathetic approach to psychotherapy by establishing mutually agreed upon therapeutic goals with my clients and providing a comfortable space to explore, discuss, and be heard.
My specialty areas include anxiety, perinatal mental health, life transitions, disordered eating, and interpersonal and relationship difficulties.
With the proper support and guidance, therapy helps you cultivate your strengths, regain control, learn ways to overcome challenges, enrich your life, and take steps toward a more fulfilling future. I can help you identify patterns in your life so that you can develop a clearer understanding of your life experiences and create more positive relationships and productive behavior change. I take an active and empathetic approach to psychotherapy by establishing mutually agreed upon therapeutic goals with my clients and providing a comfortable space to explore, discuss, and be heard.
(646) 362-9410 View (646) 362-9410
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Bridget Cross
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
I specialize in maternal and reproductive mental health, and I am a certified perinatal mental health provider through Postpartum Support International.
We are challenged by so much in our lives, whether in our mental and physical health, our relationships and family, our personal identity, our professional and creative pursuits, or our ability to cope with transition and trauma. I believe we all have the capacity to deepen knowledge of our inner selves in order to release painful, confusing experiences and move forward toward reaching our goals. I am committed to creating a supportive space, without judgment, where we can do this work together.
I specialize in maternal and reproductive mental health, and I am a certified perinatal mental health provider through Postpartum Support International.
We are challenged by so much in our lives, whether in our mental and physical health, our relationships and family, our personal identity, our professional and creative pursuits, or our ability to cope with transition and trauma. I believe we all have the capacity to deepen knowledge of our inner selves in order to release painful, confusing experiences and move forward toward reaching our goals. I am committed to creating a supportive space, without judgment, where we can do this work together.
(929) 220-9870 View (929) 220-9870
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.