Perinatal Mental Health Counseling

You are not alone.

We can help you feel well again. 

What is Perinatal Mental Health?

Perinatal mental health is the time frame from prenatal through the first year after giving birth. A new baby is a vulnerable time for families. Approximately 1 in 7 birthing parents experience perinatal depression and 1 in 10 new fathers experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs).

There is no one cause for the development of a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. Starting life with a new baby is a significant change for a family. Mixed emotions including exhaustion, confusion, worry, overwhelm, fear of not being ‘good enough’ or judged by those around them can all occur. It is a common experience to worry about being labeled as a bad parent. An estimated 80% of new parents experience mood swings in the first 2-3 weeks following a birth and this is a normal adjustment (often referred to as ‘baby blues’). However, symptoms that persist longer than this time frame could indicate a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder.

Who Benefits from Perinatal Counseling?

Anyone who is…

  • Currently pregnant
  • Postpartum (up to one year after birth)
  • Feeling inadequate as a parent
  • Overwhelmed with anxiety, panic, guilt or regret
  • Irritable or angry with those around you (including your partner, children, or other support people)
  • Worried that you might hurt yourself or your baby
  • Struggling to bond with your baby

Who Provides Perinatal Counseling?

Creative Family Counseling has invested in team members who have specialized training in perinatal mental health counseling. 

You are not alone and help is available.

Postpartum depression and anxiety do not make you a bad parent. Symptoms do not mean you are failing, it means you are human.

How can we help?

Talking to a trained perinatal mental health specialist can help you understand that what you are experiencing is common and treatable. Treatment may include:

  • Increased self-care & coping skills
  • Connecting with appropriate social supports
  • Creating a postpartum care plan
  • Processing the emotions associated with prenatal/postpartum stages without judgment
  • Improved family communication & functioning

Our trained providers use evidence-based therapeutic approaches to help you foster resilience and improved attachment for your family.

We agree to provide a safe space that allows clients to reach their goals in a collaborative manner.

I’m ready for a happier home. How do I get started?

  1. Contact our Practice Administrator to be matched with a Therapist who fits your needs.
    2. Schedule an intake appointment to discuss your concerns and goals.
    3. Allow your Therapist to create an individualized treatment plan for you and your family.
    4. Work together to meet your goals.
    5. Enjoy a more fulfilling relationship and a happier home.

Still have Questions?

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to have additional questions answered!

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Therapists who work at Creative Family Counseling, LLC are committed to providing culturally competent and affirming care. This includes ongoing conversations on issues of power, privilege, and oppression, as well as dedicated focus and education on these issues, with the goal of supporting anti-racism, anti-discrimination, & anti-hate to foster growth, love, change, and social justice for all.