Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum Therapists in Seattle, WA

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Alex Koenig
Psychologist, PhD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98119  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I have specialized training in perinatal/maternal mental health and in other areas, such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, trauma, supporting healthcare providers, and coping with health conditions.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist offering online individual therapy to clients located anywhere in OR, NM, and Washington state. I am passionate about supporting my clients through life's transitions and helping them to build authentic connections in their communities. I consider it an honor to be part of that journey. I often work with individuals who are willing to try new things, value growth, and appreciate honest feedback. I tailor my approach to the needs of each client and work collaboratively with clients to develop treatment plans that highlight each individual’s unique goals.
I have specialized training in perinatal/maternal mental health and in other areas, such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, trauma, supporting healthcare providers, and coping with health conditions.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist offering online individual therapy to clients located anywhere in OR, NM, and Washington state. I am passionate about supporting my clients through life's transitions and helping them to build authentic connections in their communities. I consider it an honor to be part of that journey. I often work with individuals who are willing to try new things, value growth, and appreciate honest feedback. I tailor my approach to the needs of each client and work collaboratively with clients to develop treatment plans that highlight each individual’s unique goals.
(206) 222-9512 View (206) 222-9512
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Katya Halligan, LMFT - Couples and Sex Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107  (Online Only)
I specialize in couples sex therapy and marriage counseling, relationship coaching, perinatal mental health, infertility and transition to parenting, utilizing a compassionate and direct evidence-based approach to help you in repairing past and current relational injuries and preparing you to withstand future setbacks; I also offer clinical supervision.
You feel overwhelmed and lonely in your relationship. You desire to create healthy habits, balance work and family while living and parenting with intention. You are someone who wants to have pleasurable and connected sex with your partner. You love each other and are committed, but this is hard, and you really wish there was a manual. You worry it will be like this forever and do not know where to start. You are ready to stop struggling and instead, create or rekindle a joyful and meaningful relationship, deepen your emotional connection and to feel like partners again. I am here to walk alongside you and to help you get there.
I specialize in couples sex therapy and marriage counseling, relationship coaching, perinatal mental health, infertility and transition to parenting, utilizing a compassionate and direct evidence-based approach to help you in repairing past and current relational injuries and preparing you to withstand future setbacks; I also offer clinical supervision.
You feel overwhelmed and lonely in your relationship. You desire to create healthy habits, balance work and family while living and parenting with intention. You are someone who wants to have pleasurable and connected sex with your partner. You love each other and are committed, but this is hard, and you really wish there was a manual. You worry it will be like this forever and do not know where to start. You are ready to stop struggling and instead, create or rekindle a joyful and meaningful relationship, deepen your emotional connection and to feel like partners again. I am here to walk alongside you and to help you get there.
(206) 312-4475 View (206) 312-4475
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Dr. Madison Feil
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98102
I currently have availability for new clients! I'm a licensed psychologist practicing in the Seattle area. I see clients both in person at my Eastlake office and via telehealth. I work individually with adults and teenagers, and I do parent coaching and/or family therapy for families struggling with behavioral difficulties or communication issues. I also work with new and expectant parents on the transition to parenthood with a focus on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. My passion is helping people overcome obstacles in order to build the lives they envision for themselves.
I currently have availability for new clients! I'm a licensed psychologist practicing in the Seattle area. I see clients both in person at my Eastlake office and via telehealth. I work individually with adults and teenagers, and I do parent coaching and/or family therapy for families struggling with behavioral difficulties or communication issues. I also work with new and expectant parents on the transition to parenthood with a focus on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. My passion is helping people overcome obstacles in order to build the lives they envision for themselves.
(206) 210-1597 View (206) 210-1597
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Elissa Knight
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98117  (Online Only)
I have experience working with a wide variety of individuals struggling with trauma, anxiety, adjustment, illness, grief/loss, maternal and reproductive health issues (fertility, pregnancy, postpartum issues), the experience of parenting special needs children, end of life care, and aging/ caregiving issues.
Changes and transitions in our lives can provide opportunities for growth and insight. My approach is tailored to each client's need- whether you have a specific goal or are simply in need of a supportive space. Everyone has inherent strength that can be drawn upon. Our work together will center around diminishing the struggles that you feel and increasing your enjoyment of life.
I have experience working with a wide variety of individuals struggling with trauma, anxiety, adjustment, illness, grief/loss, maternal and reproductive health issues (fertility, pregnancy, postpartum issues), the experience of parenting special needs children, end of life care, and aging/ caregiving issues.
Changes and transitions in our lives can provide opportunities for growth and insight. My approach is tailored to each client's need- whether you have a specific goal or are simply in need of a supportive space. Everyone has inherent strength that can be drawn upon. Our work together will center around diminishing the struggles that you feel and increasing your enjoyment of life.
(425) 629-9387 View (425) 629-9387
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Mariana Boden
Counselor, MAEd, LMHCA, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98112
Mental health struggles can make it challenging for anyone to enjoy their life fully. It is my passion to support others in finding healing in whatever way that feels right and useful for them. I believe in creating a trustworthy, non-judgmental space for therapy, in which each client can show up as they are. I have extensive training and experience with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and I also have a lot of experience (clinical and personal) working with neurodiverse individuals, particularly with ADHD.
Mental health struggles can make it challenging for anyone to enjoy their life fully. It is my passion to support others in finding healing in whatever way that feels right and useful for them. I believe in creating a trustworthy, non-judgmental space for therapy, in which each client can show up as they are. I have extensive training and experience with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and I also have a lot of experience (clinical and personal) working with neurodiverse individuals, particularly with ADHD.
(206) 309-8212 View (206) 309-8212
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Julie Stein
Counselor, MPH, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98115  (Online Only)
Hello! Adulting can be really overwhelming sometimes. I work with clients during various transitions in their lives who are dealing with challenges in their relationships, the road to parenthood, as well as grief and loss. These are not easy stages of life – working through differences with a partner; challenges with fertility, pregnancy, or the highs and lows of parenting; or adjusting to the loss of a loved one.
Hello! Adulting can be really overwhelming sometimes. I work with clients during various transitions in their lives who are dealing with challenges in their relationships, the road to parenthood, as well as grief and loss. These are not easy stages of life – working through differences with a partner; challenges with fertility, pregnancy, or the highs and lows of parenting; or adjusting to the loss of a loved one.
(425) 510-5342 View (425) 510-5342
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Lauren R Pollard
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98112  (Online Only)
I love to work with pregnant and postpartum people to manage perinatal anxiety and depression.
You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. - C.S. Lewis. I am interested in how early attachment relationships impact how we see ourselves and relate to others. I believe our adult relationships reflect in part what we did or did not experience growing up. A safe therapeutic relationship creates space to unpack what is getting in our way, help us make sense of emotions and reactions, and learn skills and strategies to bring more peace and stability into our lives.
I love to work with pregnant and postpartum people to manage perinatal anxiety and depression.
You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. - C.S. Lewis. I am interested in how early attachment relationships impact how we see ourselves and relate to others. I believe our adult relationships reflect in part what we did or did not experience growing up. A safe therapeutic relationship creates space to unpack what is getting in our way, help us make sense of emotions and reactions, and learn skills and strategies to bring more peace and stability into our lives.
(253) 248-4508 View (253) 248-4508
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Makenzie Kinloch
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98115  (Online Only)
Are you wanting to take a step to prioritize your mental and relational health? Therapy can be a great start for that. I aim to create a warm, safe, open, non-judgmental space where you feel seen and understood. I approach therapy from a relational standpoint and enjoy building supportive and accepting relationships with my clients, while helping them achieve the goals they are hoping for. As a relational therapist, I have experience working with relationship distress, family challenges, and communication issues. I also can support with navigating life transitions, perinatal mental health, depression, anxiety, grief, and burnout.
Are you wanting to take a step to prioritize your mental and relational health? Therapy can be a great start for that. I aim to create a warm, safe, open, non-judgmental space where you feel seen and understood. I approach therapy from a relational standpoint and enjoy building supportive and accepting relationships with my clients, while helping them achieve the goals they are hoping for. As a relational therapist, I have experience working with relationship distress, family challenges, and communication issues. I also can support with navigating life transitions, perinatal mental health, depression, anxiety, grief, and burnout.
(206) 589-8590 View (206) 589-8590
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Mare Cressman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98105
Waitlist for new clients
Embarking on your healing journey may seem daunting, so congratulations on taking the first crucial step! Whether you're a person navigating postpartum challenges, a parent dealing with a child's intense emotions, a teenager navigating complexities, or an adult coping with trauma and change, I am confident in my ability to help healing. My commitment lies in creating and maintaining a secure environment to foster a trusting relationship that supports growth and healing. I am here to meet you at your current point in the journey, collaborating with you to craft a personalized therapeutic experience.
Embarking on your healing journey may seem daunting, so congratulations on taking the first crucial step! Whether you're a person navigating postpartum challenges, a parent dealing with a child's intense emotions, a teenager navigating complexities, or an adult coping with trauma and change, I am confident in my ability to help healing. My commitment lies in creating and maintaining a secure environment to foster a trusting relationship that supports growth and healing. I am here to meet you at your current point in the journey, collaborating with you to craft a personalized therapeutic experience.
(206) 451-2717 View (206) 451-2717
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Olivia Park-Sargent
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98122  (Online Only)
My personal background as a birth and postpartum doula informs a particular desire to connect with and support new parents and growing families.
We are wired for connection; we need it to survive, but more importantly, we need it to thrive. To experience ourselves in connection when perhaps we have disconnected, as a way to survive our hurts or traumas, is an important part of healing. Working with a therapist is one great way to do this. I see therapy as a collaborative process that relies on trust and authenticity to foster insight and growth. I believe that you are the expert in your own healing, and I aim to provide a safe, non-judgmental, space to unpack difficult emotions, and expand awareness of your unique personality, strengths, and patterns of relating.
My personal background as a birth and postpartum doula informs a particular desire to connect with and support new parents and growing families.
We are wired for connection; we need it to survive, but more importantly, we need it to thrive. To experience ourselves in connection when perhaps we have disconnected, as a way to survive our hurts or traumas, is an important part of healing. Working with a therapist is one great way to do this. I see therapy as a collaborative process that relies on trust and authenticity to foster insight and growth. I believe that you are the expert in your own healing, and I aim to provide a safe, non-judgmental, space to unpack difficult emotions, and expand awareness of your unique personality, strengths, and patterns of relating.
(206) 338-2800 View (206) 338-2800
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Shannon Shively
Counselor, MAEd, LMHC, NCC
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98116
I enjoy helping people recover from the effects of trauma in their lives in order to feel safe in the world, and attached to themselves and their loved ones. My specialty is in Lifespan Integration, an effective tool used for trauma reprocessing and attachment repair. I work with survivors of childhood trauma, PTSD, and people navigating infertility, pregnancy, and postpartum transitions.
I enjoy helping people recover from the effects of trauma in their lives in order to feel safe in the world, and attached to themselves and their loved ones. My specialty is in Lifespan Integration, an effective tool used for trauma reprocessing and attachment repair. I work with survivors of childhood trauma, PTSD, and people navigating infertility, pregnancy, and postpartum transitions.
(405) 880-8158 View (405) 880-8158
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Celeste Amato
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98116  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I have a special interest in working with clients who are struggling with perinatal and postpartum mental health and also with individuals and couples who are experiencing or have been fighting infertility or pregnancy loss.
I'm so glad you're here. If you are feeling the urge to seek out therapy, I admire you for taking the leap. Sometimes, the hardest part of therapy can be searching for a therapist or making that first appointment. Going through therapy is a journey, and together with support, I am confident that it will be an experience you are proud of. Let's work together to create a story that fits exactly where you are in life.  ​ ​
I have a special interest in working with clients who are struggling with perinatal and postpartum mental health and also with individuals and couples who are experiencing or have been fighting infertility or pregnancy loss.
I'm so glad you're here. If you are feeling the urge to seek out therapy, I admire you for taking the leap. Sometimes, the hardest part of therapy can be searching for a therapist or making that first appointment. Going through therapy is a journey, and together with support, I am confident that it will be an experience you are proud of. Let's work together to create a story that fits exactly where you are in life.  ​ ​
(206) 558-9230 View (206) 558-9230
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Andrea Wetterau
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LMHC, RYT, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98102  (Online Only)
If you are: wanting recovery from trauma, disordered eating, anxiety, depression, etc. before (or after) becoming a parent; trying to conceive; pregnant; hoping to heal from birth trauma; in your postpartum; struggling with perinatal mental health; or a parent who wants to put an end to abusive generational cycles with your own children. - and looking for an empathetic and supportive space for recovery - then you are in the right place. My training and experience over the past 10+ years has led to the creation of Wetterau Wellness, a private practice dedicated to the healing and personal growth of parents and parents-to-be.
If you are: wanting recovery from trauma, disordered eating, anxiety, depression, etc. before (or after) becoming a parent; trying to conceive; pregnant; hoping to heal from birth trauma; in your postpartum; struggling with perinatal mental health; or a parent who wants to put an end to abusive generational cycles with your own children. - and looking for an empathetic and supportive space for recovery - then you are in the right place. My training and experience over the past 10+ years has led to the creation of Wetterau Wellness, a private practice dedicated to the healing and personal growth of parents and parents-to-be.
(206) 312-2181 View (206) 312-2181
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Rebeka Ramsay
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98116
Accepting new clients in person and virtually - Are you experiencing a lot of emotions as you navigate one of the biggest transitions of your life? The period before conception, the pregnancy, and life postpartum have incredible challenges. You are not alone. It is my professional purpose to provide support to folks during those moments. My personal experience as a Latina immigrant navigating the challenges of motherhood in the United States drives my commitment to perinatal mental health and to working alongside immigrants and individuals from underrepresented communities.
Accepting new clients in person and virtually - Are you experiencing a lot of emotions as you navigate one of the biggest transitions of your life? The period before conception, the pregnancy, and life postpartum have incredible challenges. You are not alone. It is my professional purpose to provide support to folks during those moments. My personal experience as a Latina immigrant navigating the challenges of motherhood in the United States drives my commitment to perinatal mental health and to working alongside immigrants and individuals from underrepresented communities.
(206) 888-4254 View (206) 888-4254
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Gladys Rodriguez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSWAIC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98118  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hi, I'm Gladys I specialize in providing therapy to women to prevent and treat perinatal (time before and after birth, usually during pregnancy and up to one year postpartum) mood and anxiety disorders. While that is my specialty, my services are not limited to perinatal clients. I am passionate about studying trauma and raising awareness about mental health disparities, resources, and support. Please visit my website for my information.
Hi, I'm Gladys I specialize in providing therapy to women to prevent and treat perinatal (time before and after birth, usually during pregnancy and up to one year postpartum) mood and anxiety disorders. While that is my specialty, my services are not limited to perinatal clients. I am passionate about studying trauma and raising awareness about mental health disparities, resources, and support. Please visit my website for my information.
(206) 429-8635 View (206) 429-8635
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Leslie Gilbert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98118  (Online Only)
Everyone has the potential to feel secure and connected. We will work collaboratively to identify sources of stress, embrace difficult feelings, question limiting thought and behavior patterns, and develop both internal and external resources for finding more joy and fulfillment in life. I have a passion for working with people experiencing life transitions, including but not limited to life stages, pregnancy and postpartum, career, relationships, and illness.
Everyone has the potential to feel secure and connected. We will work collaboratively to identify sources of stress, embrace difficult feelings, question limiting thought and behavior patterns, and develop both internal and external resources for finding more joy and fulfillment in life. I have a passion for working with people experiencing life transitions, including but not limited to life stages, pregnancy and postpartum, career, relationships, and illness.
(206) 800-6516 View (206) 800-6516
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Liz Hadley
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98146  (Online Only)
One area I hold particularly sacred support around is pregnancy loss and the perinatal journey.
At the core of my therapeutic approach is my belief that we heal and transform through authentic and empathic connection. I view therapy as a collaborative process where we co-create a space to engage what has been wounded and find medicine to heal and grow. Seeking healing and restoration is a brave and courageous journey that goes against all the systems of oppression that seek to wound and separate us. I considered it a profound honor to walk with someone in this journey through challenges, suffering, wonder, curiosity and pain, to find a healing, growth, embodiment and joy that follows us beyond the therapy room.
One area I hold particularly sacred support around is pregnancy loss and the perinatal journey.
At the core of my therapeutic approach is my belief that we heal and transform through authentic and empathic connection. I view therapy as a collaborative process where we co-create a space to engage what has been wounded and find medicine to heal and grow. Seeking healing and restoration is a brave and courageous journey that goes against all the systems of oppression that seek to wound and separate us. I considered it a profound honor to walk with someone in this journey through challenges, suffering, wonder, curiosity and pain, to find a healing, growth, embodiment and joy that follows us beyond the therapy room.
(206) 333-0490 View (206) 333-0490
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Paige Geisinger
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MS, PMH-C, CCTP, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Maybe you need support in navigating pregnancy or the newborn stage, or maybe you’re dealing with the pain of infertility, pregnancy loss, or childbirth trauma. Certified in Perinatal Mental Health, I guide couples and individuals through the transformative journey of welcoming new life. Specifically, I love supporting queer couples navigating their fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum journey. Beyond the perinatal period, I help clients enhance communication and navigate neurodivergency. I use modalities such as Gottman Theory, Attachment Theory, and solution-oriented therapy to help clients achieve their goals.
Maybe you need support in navigating pregnancy or the newborn stage, or maybe you’re dealing with the pain of infertility, pregnancy loss, or childbirth trauma. Certified in Perinatal Mental Health, I guide couples and individuals through the transformative journey of welcoming new life. Specifically, I love supporting queer couples navigating their fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum journey. Beyond the perinatal period, I help clients enhance communication and navigate neurodivergency. I use modalities such as Gottman Theory, Attachment Theory, and solution-oriented therapy to help clients achieve their goals.
(206) 717-8551 View (206) 717-8551
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Tania Adams | Wild Fern Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, MEd, LICSW, E-RYT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98155  (Online Only)
My approach: Centered in integrative mind body psychotherapy, expertise and certification in somatic attachment modalities, perinatal/postpartum mental health & parenting challenges.
Accepting Couples and Individuals at this time - Are you struggling with boundaries, expectations that are self-imposed, exhaustion and feeling "not enough"? If you are having difficulty navigating your relationships, parenting, life transitions - there is a way for you to orient back to yourself so you can make decisions from a place of clarity and find more connection and meaning in your life. Whether you're trying to connect better within or with others - It’s hard to remember who you are in when you are burning from both ends of the candle. Contact me to further your connection with your body, with others & relationships.
My approach: Centered in integrative mind body psychotherapy, expertise and certification in somatic attachment modalities, perinatal/postpartum mental health & parenting challenges.
Accepting Couples and Individuals at this time - Are you struggling with boundaries, expectations that are self-imposed, exhaustion and feeling "not enough"? If you are having difficulty navigating your relationships, parenting, life transitions - there is a way for you to orient back to yourself so you can make decisions from a place of clarity and find more connection and meaning in your life. Whether you're trying to connect better within or with others - It’s hard to remember who you are in when you are burning from both ends of the candle. Contact me to further your connection with your body, with others & relationships.
(206) 589-1353 View (206) 589-1353
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Michelle Jones
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Also, I partner with a perinatal yoga teacher to co-facilitate restorative, process groups for mothers of young children around the changes to their bodies, relationships, and identities.
Are you a new mother who is juggling life with young kids? Are just now coming up for air after the complex newborn months? Are you yearning to get reoriented? The fact that you’re here highlights that you are both suffering deeply and deeply resourceful. I believe you are wiser than you know, and I trust that with some support, you can reconnect to your deep knowing. I would be honored to partner with you in discovering what is no longer serving you and exploring subtle shifts in how you want to relate to yourself and others. Even though your outside world may not change, your experience can be different. You can flourish.
Also, I partner with a perinatal yoga teacher to co-facilitate restorative, process groups for mothers of young children around the changes to their bodies, relationships, and identities.
Are you a new mother who is juggling life with young kids? Are just now coming up for air after the complex newborn months? Are you yearning to get reoriented? The fact that you’re here highlights that you are both suffering deeply and deeply resourceful. I believe you are wiser than you know, and I trust that with some support, you can reconnect to your deep knowing. I would be honored to partner with you in discovering what is no longer serving you and exploring subtle shifts in how you want to relate to yourself and others. Even though your outside world may not change, your experience can be different. You can flourish.
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Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum Therapists

What are the most effective ways to address pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum concerns?

The most effective way to address pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum concerns is by finding a therapist who has prior experience helping other patients overcome the challenge being faced. For example, a marriage and family therapist may have experience helping couples adjust to their new relationship dynamic. An anxiety specialist may have experience helping with phobias or illness anxiety related to the child’s health. A depression specialist may have experience treating postpartum depression.

When should I seek treatment for prenatal or postpartum concerns?

Pregnancy and the postpartum period involve intense physical and mental changes; a degree of upset and instability is normal. However, if these changes impair daily functioning, it may be time to seek help. This distinction is pertinent for postpartum depression: A period of teariness, irritability, and distress is difficult but normal in the one to two weeks after childbirth (sometimes called the “baby blues.”) But if feelings of sadness and hopelessness persist beyond that period, the person should seek treatment.

How do I manage worries during pregnancy or the postnatal period?

A therapist can help patients develop the tools they need to manage anxieties during or after pregnancy. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help people identify and reframe harmful patterns of thought, and change their behaviors. Other techniques and skills can allow people to develop acceptance, psychological flexibility, self-compassion, communication skills, and more.

Are there specific medications for postpartum depression?

In 2019, the FDA approved the first medication designed to treat postpartum depression. The medication is called brexanolone and is delivered intravenously by a medical professional over the course of a few days. However, typical antidepressants, which are more accessible, can also treat postpartum depression. The disorder is often best treated through a combination of medication and therapy.