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Counseling for Perinatal Mood Disorders

Depression & Anxiety During & After Pregnancy

You Are Not Alone. This Is Not Your Fault. You Will Feel Better.

These are often the first three statements we say to the many women struggling with depression or anxiety during or after pregnancy.

Many of our clients struggling with these feelings feel like they have to hide their emotions and struggles because after all, this is supposed to be the happiest time of your life. There is still much shame surrounding women when their transition to motherhood (or parenting siblings) is difficult. The good news is we now have a name for this experience, an understanding of why it happens, and excellent treatment options.

We are so glad you have come to our page for information about perinatal mood disorders and how counseling can help. At South Bay Wellness, we have many talented, kind and compassionate licensed therapists that specialize in working with new and expecting moms and their families. You do not have to go about this alone. Below you will find some helpful information about perinatal mood disorders and the counseling process.

What Is Perinatal Anxiety & Depression?

Perinatal anxiety is unhealthy anxiety that happens during pregnancy, in the year following the birth of a baby, or when a mom stops breastfeeding. It has a high prevalence; effecting 1 in 5 women during pregnancy and/or after the birth of a child.

depressed during pregnancy

Some Common Symptoms of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Are:


  • Excessive worry, often anticipatory, about life events
  • The worry is difficult (sometimes near impossible) to control
  • The worry impacts the individual by
    • Causing feelings of restlessness, edginess or being keyed up
    • Becoming easily fatigued or being more tired than normal
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Irritability
    • Anger
    • Muscle tension especially showing as neck and back pain or headaches
    • Sleep disturbance
  • Distress in relationships (school, work, family and friends)
  • Anxiety symptoms during the perinatal period
    • Fear of fetal/baby’s wellbeing
    • Fear of maternal wellness
    • Fear of health of maternal partner
    • Fear of parental mortality
  • Excessive crying
  • Difficulty bonding with the baby
  • Sleep problems
  • Change in appetite
  • Intrusive repetitive thoughts or images
  • Hopelessness
  • Feeling guilty or inadequate
  • Hallucinations – seeing or hearing things that aren’t there – If this is present please call 911 immediately.
  • Thoughts of harming self or the baby – If this is present please call 911 immediately

How Can Therapy Help Me? What Will We Talk About?

All of our therapists believe in the individual’s ability to heal and have great admiration and respect for the transition to motherhood. They will listen to your concerns in a non-judgmental, fully accepting, and safe environment and will approach your situation with sensitivity, compassion, and professionalism. Early in the process of therapy, your therapist will guide your conversations with thoughtful questions to help them get to know you and learn more about what you are experiencing. As the therapy continues you will find yourself bringing topics, concerns, victories, and struggles to your therapist. Your therapist will help you with the following:

  • Education about what you are experiencing so you can understand what is happening with your emotional health and how your physical health may be impacting your emotional health
  • Providing education and support for your family
  • Techniques and skills to help you manage the anxiety & Depression you are experiencing
  • Assistance with processing difficult life experiences which may be contributing to how you are feeling
  • Understanding the role your environment plays in your emotional health
  • Evaluating the need to collaborate with other care providers (nutritionists, MDs etc.)
  • And much more…

Your therapist will use a variety of researched therapeutic interventions in their work with you including but not limited to:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Positive psychology
  • Person-in-environment and family systems models

What Do I Do If I Would like to Make an Appointment?

To schedule an appointment simply call 855-552-9355, send a request in on our website or email

For immediate assistance you can also contact the Postpartum Resource Center of NY

  • Toll-free number: 855-631-0001
  • 631-422-2255 (Hablamos Español)
 

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