Supporting Women Through Perinatal Mental Health Challenges

Motherhood is a whirlwind of joy, transformation, and challenges. At WPC, our perinatal mental health therapy in Monmouth County, NJ, and online, ensures women receive the dedicated support they need during this pivotal phase of life – including treatment for both pregnancy-related and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. 

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Request a free 20-minute phone consultation with one of our therapists by calling our office or requesting an appointment online. This initial conversation is an opportunity for you to ask questions, determine if therapy is right for you, and ensure we’re the best fit for your needs. 

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Schedule a thorough 45-minute session where we delve into your unique challenges and set the groundwork for effective treatment. We value the right fit—so if you decide, within 24 hours post-session, that our approach isn’t for you, there’s no charge.

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With our therapists’ deep expertise in diverse therapeutic modalities and specialization in areas related to women’s mental health, we craft a therapy experience uniquely for you. We’re here to help you grow, evolve, and overcome the challenges that come your way.

Helping You to Understand & Overcome Perinatal Challenges

Perinatal mental health refers to a woman’s emotional and psychological well-being during her pregnancy and the first year after birth, or the prenatal and postpartum periods. While this period can be marked with many joys and anticipation, it can also be a time of anxiety, trauma, and fear for many. Maybe you weren’t planning on getting pregnant, you don’t have support, you experienced birth trauma, or things just haven’t turned out as you hoped they would. 

Additionally, many women experience complex disorders during the perinatal period, including postpartum depression and other similar mood and anxiety disorders. These conditions aren’t just typical mood swings or hormone fluctuations; they’re nuanced conditions that require an informed and specialized therapeutic approach to treat. We’re here to provide the targeted and compassionate care you deserve during this time. 

An Overview of Women’s Therapy for Pregnancy & Post-Partum Mental Health in Monmouth County, NJ

Navigating the emotional journey of pregnancy and the postpartum period can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. Our specialized therapy ensures comprehensive support through every phase.

Transitioning to Motherhood

We offer guided support for women adapting to the new, overwhelming, and rewarding role of being a mother.

Birth Trauma

Using a trauma-informed approach, we help to address emotional wounds after a distressing or traumatic birthing experience.

Postpartum Depression

We provide specialized support and coping strategies for mothers battling persistent sadness or overwhelm after childbirth.

Prenatal Mood Disorders

Our therapists assist mothers-to-be who face heightened mood fluctuations, anxiety, or depression during their pregnancy.

Postpartum OCD

We provide expert help for mothers dealing with unsettling obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors following childbirth.

Postpartum Anxiety

We utilize tailored techniques and therapeutic support for mothers combating feelings of intense worry or panic post childbirth.

Helping Women Grow:
The Benefits of Partnering With WPC

Trauma-Informed Approach 

Our team adopts a trauma-informed lens, valuing and acknowledging every woman’s distinct life experiences within the therapeutic setting.

Individualized Treatment Paths 

With a wide range of psychotherapy modalities in our therapeutic toolkits, we completely tailor your care to your unique experiences, goals, and needs. 

Secure Online
Sessions

Access expert therapy services without taking the drive to Monmouth County. With teletherapy, you can access care when and where it’s most convenient. 

Women-Centric
Practice

Our specialization lies in addressing the many facets of women’s health through every stage – from adolescence to pregnancy and beyond. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The perinatal period encompasses the duration of a woman’s pregnancy and extends through the first year after giving birth. This phase is paramount for mental health as it brings about significant hormonal fluctuations, physical adjustments, and the profound psychological transition of becoming a mother. These myriad changes can deeply influence a woman’s emotions, mood, and overall mental well-being, making it essential to offer guidance and support.

While many new mothers experience the ‘baby blues,’ which are characterized by brief mood swings, bouts of tearfulness, or feelings of unease shortly after delivery, postpartum depression presents a more persistent and longer-lasting scenario. Symptoms of postpartum depression linger, are more severe, and can hinder daily functioning. If untreated, this condition can impact a mother’s ability to bond with her baby and manage day-to-day tasks, emphasizing the importance of recognizing and addressing it. Typically, if the ‘baby blues’ lasts more than two weeks, it’s a good idea to reach out for some support and speak to a mental health professional.

If you notice enduring changes in your emotional state, such as persistent sadness, excessive worry, heightened irritability, or feelings of detachment from your newborn, these could be indicators of a mental health challenge. Additionally, any drastic shifts in appetite, sleep patterns, or energy levels warrant attention. It’s paramount to reach out to a mental health professional who can provide a thorough assessment and guide you on the next steps.

Engaging in therapy during the perinatal phase offers women a confidential and supportive environment to express their emotions, fears, and hopes. Therapists can provide evidence-based coping mechanisms, techniques for stress relief, and strategies to foster a positive mother-child bond. Such guidance can be instrumental in navigating the challenges of hormonal shifts, the complexities of motherhood, and the profound identity transitions that accompany this life stage.

Postpartum anxiety can surface as relentless worries about the baby’s well-being, constant feelings of fear or nervousness, unwanted thoughts about harm coming to the baby or other bad things happening, or even panic attacks. While both postpartum anxiety and depression may have overlapping symptoms, the core difference lies in the predominant feelings: postpartum depression tends to revolve around deep-seated sadness, feelings of worthlessness, and emotional detachment, while postpartum anxiety is characterized by intense worry and heightened fear.

While symptoms of postpartum mental health disorders can emerge at any point within the first year after delivery, they are most commonly observed within the initial three to four months post-childbirth. Recognizing these symptoms early on and seeking timely intervention is pivotal, as it can dramatically improve the trajectory of recovery and enhance the well-being of both the mother and the baby.