Perinatal therapy is a specialized form of counseling focused on supporting individuals and families through the emotional and psychological challenges associated with the perinatal period, which encompasses pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum phase. This specialty addresses a range of issues including prenatal anxiety and depression, postpartum depression (PPD), postpartum anxiety, birth trauma, bonding issues with the baby, and adjustments to the new roles and identities as parents.

Therapists trained in perinatal mental health utilize evidence-based approaches to provide compassionate support and effective strategies for coping with the intense changes and stressors that can accompany the perinatal period. They aim to create a safe and understanding space where clients can explore their feelings, fears, and expectations around pregnancy, birth, and parenthood.

Perinatal therapy can help in strengthening coping skills, enhancing parental bonding, navigating relationship changes, and addressing any mental health conditions that may arise. By acknowledging the complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors during this time, perinatal therapists play a crucial role in promoting the well-being of parents and their families, ensuring a healthier start for both the parents and the child.

Dr. Chelsea Sanders

Dr. Chelsea Sanders