#2 Modern Issues in the Transitions to Parenthood: Dealing with Judgment!

Most people have heard the quote, “Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle” (J.M. Barrie) but what does that really mean? When I think of battles, I think about the most common “battle” we are fighting on a daily basis, which is the “fight” to feel OK about ourselves! Brene Brown has famously called this “the hustle for worthiness” in...
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A Shout Out to all Men coming to Couples Therapy! (especially with a female therapist)

Hi Everyone! Share Yesterday I was meeting with my Perinatal Consultation group and our topic for the month was “Postpartum Couples”.  We had a really interesting discussion about some of the relationship patterns that we commonly see in couples struggling with the transition to parenthood.  Postpartum women feeling incredibly angry with their male partners was discussed at length,...
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Advanced Consultation and Training in Postpartum Mental Health for Psychotherapists!

perinatal_consultation_group flyer ShareHi Everyone! I am excited to announce that I am starting a consultation and study group for psychotherapists interested in furthering their skills, knowledge, and expertise in working with postpartum women and their families! I am so passionate about my work with women and families transitioning into parenthood as it is such a poignant time of change, joy,...
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Follow-up to yesterday’s blog post on anti-depressant use during pregnancy!

ShareHi everyone! Yesterday I blogged about the debate and high levels of anxiety that accompany the use of psychotropic medications during pregnancy and often during breastfeeding as well. A colleague of mine referred me to a TED Talk on the increase in birth defects all over the world that seems to be related to the relatively new chemical compounds used in agriculture, and used to produce...
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Depression during and after Pregnancy – the ongoing debate about treatment

ShareWithin the last year, several studies have been published linking the use of anti-depressants during pregnancy to scary outcomes in babies. Probably the most disturbing was a study published last summer in the Archives of General Psychiatry linking anti-depressant use during pregnancy to an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders. Just last month, a study was published in the British...
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A step towards more sensitive and comprehensive care for mothers

National news was made last week when the University of North Carolina’s (UNC) Center for Women’s Mood Disorders in Chapel Hill opened our nation’s first, specialized, inpatient clinic for pregnant and postpartum women.  The mental wellness and emotional needs of women during pregnancy, and after delivery have received increased attention in the United States over the last...
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