Pregnancy and Postpartum Therapy

The birth of a baby brings excitement and new challenges, especially as a mom and baby recover physically and settle into a new routine. The addition of a new baby to the family can be overwhelming in ways that the caregiver did not anticipate; caregiver might not be able to cope up with on their own. Lot of us have been brought to believe that having a baby is supposed to be one of the happiest times in a women’s life. While that might be true, many of these women battle with feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety; they don’t talk about it due to shame and guilt. Life can be challenging when you struggle with these stressors and therapy can be a great way to get the support you need to lead a happier healthier life.

Harini specializes in addressing mental health issues during pregnancy, post-partum and adjustment to new parenthood. She has experience working with women experiencing depression, anxiety, birth trauma and attachment difficulties. In a calm and supportive environment, Harini gives you a place to discuss thoughts, feelings or situations that might be interfering with your daily life. A client centered approach integrated with Mind Body meditative methods is used to work with women and their families as they navigate through their challenges of having a new born. Therapy sessions are generally one hour, but one and a half hour sessions can also be arranged. Babies up to 6 months are welcome at appointments. For those wanting their babies nearby, but not in session, parents can leave them in our child friendly waiting room under an adult supervision.

Following are the examples of challenges that may need therapy:

You are pregnant and maybe wondering why you are feeling down or anxious and not glowing with happiness like the society expects you to be.

You may be having a past history of depression or anxiety and feel like the symptoms are back during pregnancy or after having your baby.

You just had a baby and feeling sad or guilty, that you didn’t have the birth experience you experienced or wanted.

Your “ baby blues’ keeping you teary and lonely all the time and makes it difficult taking care of the baby and yourself.

You may be dealing with infertility or recently had an abortion or infant death

You may feel anxious and need parenting guidance in taking care of the newborn

Issues addressed:

  • Pre-conception counseling
  • Infertility
  • Pregnancy support
  • Miscarriage/Infant loss
  • Grief/ Loss of a loved one
  • Postpartum/ Perinatal depression, anxiety and stress
  • Early Parent child relationship
  • Couples – Co Parenting Issues, Parental Conflict, when one parent is struggling with mental health
  • LBGTQ Pregnancy and Parenting
  • Teen Pregnancy and Parenting
  • Stress Management

Treatment Modalities

  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Mother Infant Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Harini’s Relevant Training

  • 2020 Mom Postpartum Support International Maternal Mental Health Certificate training in Perinatal and Postpartum Mental Health Disorders
  • Circle of Security – Parent Facilitator
  • Incredible Years Parenting Educator – Raising Babies and Toddlers.

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Portland, Oregon 97221