Supporting women from conception through pregnancy and postpartum and beyond is not only a specialization but also a passion of mine.  I see women in all stages of motherhood and am one of the few who are Certified in Perinatal Mental Health. You may be struggling with infertility or pregnancy loss, or experiencing anxiety and depression during pregnancy.  You may have had a traumatic birth or find that past traumas are coming up during this major transition in life.   You may even be wondering if what your'e feeling after birth is normal or postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety, which can often include more feelings of anxiety and irritability than sadness.  You may have gone back to work and are struggling to find a way to balance your new roles and identity.  Or maybe you're a mom of older children and experiencing difficulty as you get used to the empty nest. Whichever stage of motherhood you're in, I get it.  

Motherhood is filled with expectations and is the biggest transition that you'll experience. It is not uncommon from past traumas and other issues to come up during this time.   There can be so many expectations.  Expectations from partners, family members, friends, and even social media, and many times your own.  It can make you feel that everyone else has it together while you're struggling to make it through each day while meeting everyone else's needs except your own.  You love your children and family but it can be overwhelming.  

Others in your life may not understand what you're going through. They may label it as the baby blues, or tell you to pull it together and stop being so sensitive and emotional.  It is not that they don't care, they do.  But what they and many others don't know is that  anxiety and depression during pregnancy and postpartum is very real and that 1 in 7 women will experience it.  Perinatal Mood Disorders are very treatable so the sooner you reach out for help, the sooner you can feel better.  If you feel like you are not yourself and can't shake the feeling that something isn't right then contact me today so we can get you feeling better.  Babies are welcome in session--I never want coming to therapy to create more stress or childcare to be a barrier to getting help.  As both a mom and a therapist, I get it.