Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum Therapists in Austin, TX

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Michelle Beyer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with clients experiencing anxiety, relationship issues, and pre/postpartum transitions.
Do you tend to have those sneaky "what if" thoughts showing up in your day? They sprinkle a bit of uncertainty on everything, even the most ordinary moments. Perhaps you find yourself in a constant state of worry when it comes to relationships or life goals. As a driven person, your dream of a purposeful life feels hindered by anxiety. But here's the thing—it doesn't have to be this way. It’s possible to rediscover joy in life's little moments and milestones. I see you, I hear you, and I'm here for you, ready to collaborate and create a future where anxiety doesn't call all the shots.
I specialize in working with clients experiencing anxiety, relationship issues, and pre/postpartum transitions.
Do you tend to have those sneaky "what if" thoughts showing up in your day? They sprinkle a bit of uncertainty on everything, even the most ordinary moments. Perhaps you find yourself in a constant state of worry when it comes to relationships or life goals. As a driven person, your dream of a purposeful life feels hindered by anxiety. But here's the thing—it doesn't have to be this way. It’s possible to rediscover joy in life's little moments and milestones. I see you, I hear you, and I'm here for you, ready to collaborate and create a future where anxiety doesn't call all the shots.
(512) 877-4423 View (512) 877-4423
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Vickie Schafer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
I work with those 18 years and older with a range of struggles, including adjustment to life stressors, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I also have experience and am passionate about working with individuals and couples (including LGBTQ+) working to build/grow their families with assisted/3rd party reproduction (IUI, IVF, donor egg/sperm, gestational surrogacy) and/or adoption. My goal is to provide support throughout the pregnancy journey, including pregnancy loss, traumatic birth, NICU support, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I can also offer support for parenting challenges including sleep issues and tantrums.
I work with those 18 years and older with a range of struggles, including adjustment to life stressors, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I also have experience and am passionate about working with individuals and couples (including LGBTQ+) working to build/grow their families with assisted/3rd party reproduction (IUI, IVF, donor egg/sperm, gestational surrogacy) and/or adoption. My goal is to provide support throughout the pregnancy journey, including pregnancy loss, traumatic birth, NICU support, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I can also offer support for parenting challenges including sleep issues and tantrums.
(512) 298-2411 View (512) 298-2411
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Pam Krejci
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78728
In life you can feel like everyone is doing better than you are. You may be looking around, comparing yourself to others and wonder, “Why am I not as happy as everyone else? What am I doing wrong? Am I to blame? Am I not good enough? Is my body broken, my mind, or my heart?” I specialize in working with people who often find that no matter how hard they try, they feel like they are never good enough. This may be during a break up, job transition, infertility, during the changes of pregnancy, postpartum, and motherhood, or even during traumatic grief and loss. Starting therapy can be one of the bravest things you can do.
In life you can feel like everyone is doing better than you are. You may be looking around, comparing yourself to others and wonder, “Why am I not as happy as everyone else? What am I doing wrong? Am I to blame? Am I not good enough? Is my body broken, my mind, or my heart?” I specialize in working with people who often find that no matter how hard they try, they feel like they are never good enough. This may be during a break up, job transition, infertility, during the changes of pregnancy, postpartum, and motherhood, or even during traumatic grief and loss. Starting therapy can be one of the bravest things you can do.
(512) 729-7647 View (512) 729-7647
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Emily Obront
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78704
The experience of pregnancy and postpartum is as unique and complex as the individual. Yet, we so often see only a singular narrative: that of a joyous, blissful mother. As we work together, I hope to create a warm and welcoming environment that allows you to shed your preconceived notions of parenthood and to come to know your own story. I draw from a background working with families in the profoundly intimate space of the first few days postpartum, and my training as a full-spectrum doula. I have come to understand the inherent vulnerability of postpartum and the complex and varied experiences of new families.
The experience of pregnancy and postpartum is as unique and complex as the individual. Yet, we so often see only a singular narrative: that of a joyous, blissful mother. As we work together, I hope to create a warm and welcoming environment that allows you to shed your preconceived notions of parenthood and to come to know your own story. I draw from a background working with families in the profoundly intimate space of the first few days postpartum, and my training as a full-spectrum doula. I have come to understand the inherent vulnerability of postpartum and the complex and varied experiences of new families.
(737) 377-1313 View (737) 377-1313
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Casey Davids
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, S
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78729
My strengths include: working with adolescents, working with parents (positive parenting discipline), working with adults, individual issues, the perinatal journey, depression and anxiety, self-esteem motivation, academic success.
"ITS OKAY TO BE SCARED, BEING SCARED MEANS YOU'RE ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING REALLY, REALLY BRAVE." Mandy Hale. Sometimes people struggle with the idea of going to see a therapist and finding the one that is right for them. Having rapport with your counselor is the most important thing. Once there is rapport with your counselor, the conversations will not feel forced/coerced ...you get to be in the present and work on why you came to therapy to begin with. Each person is unique, so I will use a variety of techniques to meet your presenting issue.
My strengths include: working with adolescents, working with parents (positive parenting discipline), working with adults, individual issues, the perinatal journey, depression and anxiety, self-esteem motivation, academic success.
"ITS OKAY TO BE SCARED, BEING SCARED MEANS YOU'RE ABOUT TO DO SOMETHING REALLY, REALLY BRAVE." Mandy Hale. Sometimes people struggle with the idea of going to see a therapist and finding the one that is right for them. Having rapport with your counselor is the most important thing. Once there is rapport with your counselor, the conversations will not feel forced/coerced ...you get to be in the present and work on why you came to therapy to begin with. Each person is unique, so I will use a variety of techniques to meet your presenting issue.
(512) 994-1458 View (512) 994-1458
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Lauren Vaughn
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
Particular areas of focus include eating disorders, pregnancy/postpartum related issues, couple's counseling, child/adolescent struggles and parenting skills.
Reaching out to begin counseling takes strength, courage and vulnerability. It represents a desire for understanding and a hope for change to take place. As a counselor, I work with adolescents, adults and couples. I hope to enrich the lives of the clients that I serve by working alongside each individual while offering guidance, support and empathy. My goal is to help my clients figure out how to use their unique strengths to work through a challenging time in their lives by developing new coping skills to deal with previous roadblocks.
Particular areas of focus include eating disorders, pregnancy/postpartum related issues, couple's counseling, child/adolescent struggles and parenting skills.
Reaching out to begin counseling takes strength, courage and vulnerability. It represents a desire for understanding and a hope for change to take place. As a counselor, I work with adolescents, adults and couples. I hope to enrich the lives of the clients that I serve by working alongside each individual while offering guidance, support and empathy. My goal is to help my clients figure out how to use their unique strengths to work through a challenging time in their lives by developing new coping skills to deal with previous roadblocks.
(512) 402-6455 View (512) 402-6455
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Elise Miller
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, (TX&CO)
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78717  (Online Only)
I specialize in helping individuals work through trauma, postpartum struggles, anxiety, body image, and relational issues while working with adolescents, adults, and couples.
Are you struggling to feel like you are just surviving? As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I am passionate about empowering individuals and walking together towards healing. With diverse experience and training to meet your needs, I would be honored to explore if I am the right fit for you!
I specialize in helping individuals work through trauma, postpartum struggles, anxiety, body image, and relational issues while working with adolescents, adults, and couples.
Are you struggling to feel like you are just surviving? As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I am passionate about empowering individuals and walking together towards healing. With diverse experience and training to meet your needs, I would be honored to explore if I am the right fit for you!
(512) 865-5342 View (512) 865-5342
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Dr. Christy Reeder
Psychologist, PhD, SEP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
I am a doctoral-level psychologist specializing in trauma resolution, attachment-related issues, relationship problems, and postpartum mood disorders. I facilitate healing by helping people connect deeply to themselves and others. People tend to seek me out when they feel stuck with their suffering and difficult feelings, and I imagine this is the case with you too. You've tried lots of things to move forward from the residuals of disappointing relationships, traumas, or depression and anxiety, but it isn't happening. Relief has been only temporary at best.
I am a doctoral-level psychologist specializing in trauma resolution, attachment-related issues, relationship problems, and postpartum mood disorders. I facilitate healing by helping people connect deeply to themselves and others. People tend to seek me out when they feel stuck with their suffering and difficult feelings, and I imagine this is the case with you too. You've tried lots of things to move forward from the residuals of disappointing relationships, traumas, or depression and anxiety, but it isn't happening. Relief has been only temporary at best.
(512) 605-1689 View (512) 605-1689
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Elizabeth-Anne Rains
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
Areas of Focus in my Practice: Life Transitions, Depression, Anxiety, Perinatal and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, Pregnancy Loss, Grief and Loss, Infertility, Work/Family Balance, Transforming Relationships, Parenting, Perimenopause, Menopause.
I have dedicated the last 20 years to issues uniquely related to women struggling with overwhelming life transitions, painful family dynamics, grief and loss, and mood disorders. I strive to provide a safe place where you can speak freely without fear of judgement and be fully understood. It is from this emotionally safe place that you will gain insight into yourself and your relationships. Often, what we believe about ourselves is inaccurate, and the resulting misplaced guilt is common among women. We will explore and develop new ways of perceiving yourself and others, while practicing new communication styles and strategies.
Areas of Focus in my Practice: Life Transitions, Depression, Anxiety, Perinatal and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, Pregnancy Loss, Grief and Loss, Infertility, Work/Family Balance, Transforming Relationships, Parenting, Perimenopause, Menopause.
I have dedicated the last 20 years to issues uniquely related to women struggling with overwhelming life transitions, painful family dynamics, grief and loss, and mood disorders. I strive to provide a safe place where you can speak freely without fear of judgement and be fully understood. It is from this emotionally safe place that you will gain insight into yourself and your relationships. Often, what we believe about ourselves is inaccurate, and the resulting misplaced guilt is common among women. We will explore and develop new ways of perceiving yourself and others, while practicing new communication styles and strategies.
(512) 270-6441 View (512) 270-6441
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Madeline Vanek
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78752  (Online Only)
I provide individual therapy for adults of all ages. Many of my clients struggle with depression, anxiety, perinatal mood disorders such as postpartum anxiety/depression, bipolar disorder and other serious mental illnesses, trauma, self-esteem issues, stress management, LGBTQIA issues/discrimination, life transitions, and maintaining healthy relationships. In my work, I draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as person-centered and attachment-based modalities. I can help you recognize some of your underlying problem areas, identify and utilize your strengths, and adjust your thoughts and behaviors to see things differently.
I provide individual therapy for adults of all ages. Many of my clients struggle with depression, anxiety, perinatal mood disorders such as postpartum anxiety/depression, bipolar disorder and other serious mental illnesses, trauma, self-esteem issues, stress management, LGBTQIA issues/discrimination, life transitions, and maintaining healthy relationships. In my work, I draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as person-centered and attachment-based modalities. I can help you recognize some of your underlying problem areas, identify and utilize your strengths, and adjust your thoughts and behaviors to see things differently.
(512) 523-4065 View (512) 523-4065
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Victoria Maldonado
LPC Associate, MA, LPC-A, LCDC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
My passion lies in supporting individuals who struggle with symptoms of depression, anxiety, postpartum health challenges, and addiction issues.
My name is Victoria and I'm glad you are here! I'm here to help you on your journey toward personal growth and healing. I wholeheartedly endorse the idea that it's fine to face struggles, and you don't have to face them alone. Are you tired of the racing thoughts, sleepless nights, and fear of socializing? I know what it feels like and I want to help you. Life shouldn't feel stressful 100% of the time and if it does, that's where I come in. I want to help you calm your nervous system and get you back to feeling like you.
My passion lies in supporting individuals who struggle with symptoms of depression, anxiety, postpartum health challenges, and addiction issues.
My name is Victoria and I'm glad you are here! I'm here to help you on your journey toward personal growth and healing. I wholeheartedly endorse the idea that it's fine to face struggles, and you don't have to face them alone. Are you tired of the racing thoughts, sleepless nights, and fear of socializing? I know what it feels like and I want to help you. Life shouldn't feel stressful 100% of the time and if it does, that's where I come in. I want to help you calm your nervous system and get you back to feeling like you.
(512) 866-0275 View (512) 866-0275
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Stefani Goldberg
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78729
I am certified in perinatal mental health; I work with women navigating motherhood, change in identity, postpartum mood disorders, fertility, and loss.
Are you having conflicts in your relationships? Does your past prevent you from living a full life or having healthy/secure relationships? Are you a new mom and struggling to connect with your baby, feel the societal pressure that this should be the most joyous time of your life? If you answered yes, we sound like we would work well together. I am committed to providing a nurturing, emotionally focused, and holistic approach to therapy. I work with people on developing self-compassion and strength to process emotions, and to become aware of self-destructive patterns/beliefs that hinder you from living life vibrantly.
I am certified in perinatal mental health; I work with women navigating motherhood, change in identity, postpartum mood disorders, fertility, and loss.
Are you having conflicts in your relationships? Does your past prevent you from living a full life or having healthy/secure relationships? Are you a new mom and struggling to connect with your baby, feel the societal pressure that this should be the most joyous time of your life? If you answered yes, we sound like we would work well together. I am committed to providing a nurturing, emotionally focused, and holistic approach to therapy. I work with people on developing self-compassion and strength to process emotions, and to become aware of self-destructive patterns/beliefs that hinder you from living life vibrantly.
(512) 400-2659 View (512) 400-2659
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Chantel Acosta-Saubon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78745
My passion is to support women who have huge life transitions as they become new mothers and struggle with their prenatal and postpartum journey.
I believe all of us have to nurture our emotional health. Everyone goes through challenging life situations, and while you may have successfully navigated through other life challenges you've faced, sometimes we need extra support.
My passion is to support women who have huge life transitions as they become new mothers and struggle with their prenatal and postpartum journey.
I believe all of us have to nurture our emotional health. Everyone goes through challenging life situations, and while you may have successfully navigated through other life challenges you've faced, sometimes we need extra support.
(512) 271-2134 View (512) 271-2134
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Rachel Garner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78737
Rachel Garner, LCSW-S, PMH-C, has over 12 years of experience supporting individuals and families through change and challenges. She has a wide range of experience, specializing in Family Systems. Rachel provides individual and family therapy and therapy for children & adolescents. Trained in various parenting models, Rachel incorporates child development, attachment models and parenting education into her work with families and parents. Rachel is also a certified perinatal mental health counselor and is passionate about supporting parents through their pregnancy and postpartum journey.
Rachel Garner, LCSW-S, PMH-C, has over 12 years of experience supporting individuals and families through change and challenges. She has a wide range of experience, specializing in Family Systems. Rachel provides individual and family therapy and therapy for children & adolescents. Trained in various parenting models, Rachel incorporates child development, attachment models and parenting education into her work with families and parents. Rachel is also a certified perinatal mental health counselor and is passionate about supporting parents through their pregnancy and postpartum journey.
(512) 357-8868 View (512) 357-8868
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Jane Armstrong
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
If you have ended a wanted pregnancy, you are welcome & deserving of compassion, healing, & community. Termination for medical reasons (TFMR), or ending a wanted pregnancy due to the health of the baby or the pregnant person, is uniquely complex & results in the devastating loss of a much loved baby & future. You may feel much of the same pain & silencing that other pregnancy & infant loss parents do. You may also feel additional layers of shame, fear, & judgment due to the politicized nature of the loss, the idea that you had to make a “choice,” & the lack of safe & inclusive communities & resources available to support you.
If you have ended a wanted pregnancy, you are welcome & deserving of compassion, healing, & community. Termination for medical reasons (TFMR), or ending a wanted pregnancy due to the health of the baby or the pregnant person, is uniquely complex & results in the devastating loss of a much loved baby & future. You may feel much of the same pain & silencing that other pregnancy & infant loss parents do. You may also feel additional layers of shame, fear, & judgment due to the politicized nature of the loss, the idea that you had to make a “choice,” & the lack of safe & inclusive communities & resources available to support you.
(512) 881-8714 View (512) 881-8714
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Lauren Fazio
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78729  (Online Only)
I hope to partner with you! I will offer clinical expertise in perinatal issues, trauma, and attachment. I lean into my own lived perinatal experiences within the client-therapist dynamic. What I’ve found matters most is finding someone to walk alongside you. We are wired for connection, and despite what the movies portray the fertility, pregnancy and/or postpartum experience to look like, it can be a time where you feel cut off from others and yourself in unexpected ways. Previous pregnancy loss and miscarriage can also impact an experience we’ve longed for.
I hope to partner with you! I will offer clinical expertise in perinatal issues, trauma, and attachment. I lean into my own lived perinatal experiences within the client-therapist dynamic. What I’ve found matters most is finding someone to walk alongside you. We are wired for connection, and despite what the movies portray the fertility, pregnancy and/or postpartum experience to look like, it can be a time where you feel cut off from others and yourself in unexpected ways. Previous pregnancy loss and miscarriage can also impact an experience we’ve longed for.
(512) 357-7872 View (512) 357-7872
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Cheryl Reeley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
Holding a PMH-C means I’m well-versed in the nuances of the perinatal period, from the hormonal fluctuations to the emotional shifts that come with becoming a parent.
Hi, I'm Cheryl Reeley, LCSW-S, your ally on the journey through motherhood, serving moms in Colorado, Illinois, and Texas. My practice is a welcoming space where you can find understanding and support as you navigate one of life’s most exciting transitions. I hold a Perinatal Mental Health Certificate, which reflects my dedication to supporting maternal well-being. It's common for issues like postpartum anxiety and OCD to go unnoticed, but you don't have to manage them alone. I tailor my approach to meet your unique needs, providing strategies that can help you feel more in control.
Holding a PMH-C means I’m well-versed in the nuances of the perinatal period, from the hormonal fluctuations to the emotional shifts that come with becoming a parent.
Hi, I'm Cheryl Reeley, LCSW-S, your ally on the journey through motherhood, serving moms in Colorado, Illinois, and Texas. My practice is a welcoming space where you can find understanding and support as you navigate one of life’s most exciting transitions. I hold a Perinatal Mental Health Certificate, which reflects my dedication to supporting maternal well-being. It's common for issues like postpartum anxiety and OCD to go unnoticed, but you don't have to manage them alone. I tailor my approach to meet your unique needs, providing strategies that can help you feel more in control.
(737) 377-2687 View (737) 377-2687
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Laura Sandoval-Sweeney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78748
Are you feeling overwhelmed as a new mom? Are you used to "having it all together", or maybe your culture and other intersecting identities have made it challenging to ask for help? Do you often feel misunderstood for being "too sensitive"? Do think about breaking generational cycles as a new parent? Perhaps your pregnancy is not what you expected, or you're feeling confused about why postpartum is not the experience you once envisioned. Are you struggling to balance being a parent and showing up authentically in other areas of your life?
Are you feeling overwhelmed as a new mom? Are you used to "having it all together", or maybe your culture and other intersecting identities have made it challenging to ask for help? Do you often feel misunderstood for being "too sensitive"? Do think about breaking generational cycles as a new parent? Perhaps your pregnancy is not what you expected, or you're feeling confused about why postpartum is not the experience you once envisioned. Are you struggling to balance being a parent and showing up authentically in other areas of your life?
(512) 882-1684 View (512) 882-1684
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Shannon Rueter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78748
Waitlist for new clients
I have practiced psychotherapy for the past ten years with a focus on children and families, perinatal mental health, anxiety, depression, and ADHD.
Deciding to speak to a therapist is a step in the direction of health - mental, emotional, and sometimes physical. My clients usually come to me after they have tried all they can think of - I feel honored to be their next step and honor the steps they've already taken. Whether a client's concerns pertain to parenting or becoming a parent, perinatal mental health, life transitions, ADHD, or general mental health, I enjoy working together with my clients to determine the best next steps for them.
I have practiced psychotherapy for the past ten years with a focus on children and families, perinatal mental health, anxiety, depression, and ADHD.
Deciding to speak to a therapist is a step in the direction of health - mental, emotional, and sometimes physical. My clients usually come to me after they have tried all they can think of - I feel honored to be their next step and honor the steps they've already taken. Whether a client's concerns pertain to parenting or becoming a parent, perinatal mental health, life transitions, ADHD, or general mental health, I enjoy working together with my clients to determine the best next steps for them.
(512) 675-6519 View (512) 675-6519
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Sarah Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78745  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience and training supporting clients through OCD, anxiety, depression, relationships, infertility, pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting.
Hi, I'm Sarah. Maybe you feel stuck right now. Maybe things feel hard and you're just not sure what to do. Maybe you've noticed unresolved feelings, or big feelings, coming back again and again. Maybe you feel stuck in a relationship, a season in your life, or your identity. Maybe it feels like things might always feel this way. Clients that I work with are curious about their experiences. Whether it's noticing past patterns, current feelings, or experimenting with doing something different, the clients that I see often want to understand more about themselves, to show up for themselves in ways they hope to be.
I have extensive experience and training supporting clients through OCD, anxiety, depression, relationships, infertility, pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting.
Hi, I'm Sarah. Maybe you feel stuck right now. Maybe things feel hard and you're just not sure what to do. Maybe you've noticed unresolved feelings, or big feelings, coming back again and again. Maybe you feel stuck in a relationship, a season in your life, or your identity. Maybe it feels like things might always feel this way. Clients that I work with are curious about their experiences. Whether it's noticing past patterns, current feelings, or experimenting with doing something different, the clients that I see often want to understand more about themselves, to show up for themselves in ways they hope to be.
(512) 991-9280 View (512) 991-9280
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.