Perinatal Distress

I provide psychotherapy to expecting moms who are feeling stressed, depressed, or anxious. Pregnancy is often regarded with excitement. However, pregnancy also gives rise to other emotions and challenges, such as strain on a romantic partnership, financial difficulties, and lifestyle changes. As your therapist, I can support you, explore these various emotions, and help you dissect and challenge negative thoughts as an alternative or in combination with medications.

The major outcomes of our work together can include:

  • adjust to and lessen the confusion and fear associated with major life changes associated with pregnancy/motherhood
  • reduce worry, stress, and anxiety of being the "perfect mom"
  • reduce negative, catastrophic thoughts about your baby and ability to care for your baby
  • balance work/school-life stress (clarifying values and goals, overcoming roadblocks, navigating a fast-pace life)
  • a decrease anxiety and/or depression to improve relationships, well-being, and overall functioning
  • a decrease in heightened arousal states to relax and return to normal states of attention
  • an increase self-awareness to monitor thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and implement changes needed to improve life satisfaction
  • a balance in relationships and school/work interactions
  • improved communication in relationships

Other ways therapy can make your life better:

  • healing pain (physical and emotional)
  • decreasing bad habits to live a healthier, happier life
  • improving management skills at work/home to become more productive and efficient
  • increasing grounding/mindfulness to relax and cope with stressors in the moment
  • improving coping skills to handle daily stressors and distressful situations
  • learning mindfulness skills for coping with ongoing stressors
  • learning progressive muscle relaxation techniques to cope with stressors and learn to relax
  • implementing routine self-care (e.g. diet, exercise, pleasant activities) to increase serotonin levels (i.e. the body’s “happy hormone”)