Perinatal mental health
Symptom Reduction and Deeper Transformation
If becoming pregnant, having a baby, or adopting has left you feeling constantly anxious, sleepless, irritable, angry, and tearful even when you think you “should” feel happy, you’re in the right place. You may also feel this way after a miscarriage, loss, abortion, or around fertility issues. I am a perinatal mental health expert and have specialized in this field for over 15 years, training thousands of clinicians around the country on maternal mental health treatment and reproductive trauma. Healing from PTSD and traumatic delivery are particular passions of mine.
If the above symptoms sound familiar, may be suffering from symptoms of pregnancy or postpartum depression without necessarily feeling “depressed”. In fact, these symptoms fall into a category called “Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders” meaning conception through the first year after birth, and can be far from what we think of as “Postpartum depression”. They apply to adoptive parents, gay and lesbian couples, and are seen in much higher rates in transgender parents and people of color. (See my signs and symptoms tab for more info on different conditions) Rage, insomnia, constant worries, and even scary intrusive thoughts are common for around a quarter of all birthing people in the first year after adding a new baby to the family. Because most parents with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are able to take great care of their children and will feel often more anxious and irritable than sad, these serious conditions are easy to dismiss. A traumatic birth, infertility, miscarriage and loss can all result in very similar symptoms and tend not to go away on their own.
However, the cost of not getting support is high for the entire family. Whether with me or someone else, receiving specialized care at this time is a must. A good therapist for perinatal issues should have extensive training by Postpartum Support International, Marce Society, 2020Mom, or Karen Kleinman (Postpartum Stress center) and be able to list five books, three online resources for help and know exactly how to create a plan for wellness today. Anything less will set your healing journey backwards and every day is precious. You matter! Please do not settle for feeling miserable, not like yourself, anxious, or worse, believing your family would be better off without you. This is a symptom of depression, not the truth. You are not alone, not to blame, and with the right help, you will be well!
Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Resources
Structured and Solution Focused
Symptoms of PTSD are present for an equal number of birthing people following childbirth and affect partners who witness the birth as well. Parents who don’t seek help early on may feel not like themselves for months or years. I am certified in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) by Postpartum Support International. My approach is structured, solution-focused and individualized to help you feel better as quickly as possible. I have worked with hundreds of “postpartum couples” and have witnessed partnerships strengthened, energy restored, and the experience of parenting enjoyed once again, or perhaps for the first time over and over again. There is hope. You will feel like yourself again! My expertise in perinatal mental health also includes working with those facing traumatic birth, a NICU baby, bi-polar disorder, adoption, miscarriage, infant loss, and abortion. For an expert in infertility or third-party reproduction, please see the Utah Infertility Resource Center’s website.
My approach is structured, solution-focused and individualized to help you feel better as quickly as possible.
i look forward to working with you
My practice has moved to telemedicine for the foreseeable future. When you become a client, I send a link to my hippa-compliant virtual office. All sessions are currently available via Telehealth only through Doxyme, Facetime, or phone call.