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Therapy for Perinatal and Postpartum Depression

What does postpartum depression feel like?

Postpartum Wellness (703) 772-5097

Do I need counseling for postpartum depression?

Are you pregnant, a new mother, or the mother of a growing family?  Have you noticed your mood changing, your energy dropping, and your motivation fading?  Do you feel lonely, isolated, and disconnected from your baby and others in your?  Are you struggling to bond with, care for, or love your newborn?  Have you lost most interest and pleasure in life?

Being a mom is difficult.  You want to feel connected to your newborn.  You know you love your child.  In fact, you've spent months preparing to bring this baby home.  However, most of the time you just don't feel those warm fuzzies you expected.  You've wondered if you might have postpartum depression. Or maybe someone in your life even brought it up. All you know is that your exhausted and this isn't how you wanted things to go.

Any Mother Can Experience Postpartum Depression

No matter if you are a seasoned veteran mom of multiple kids or just finding out that you are pregnant with your first, perinatal depression can take hold of even the best moms. Feeling depressed doesn't mean you are a bad mom. It means you are human.  Your body is going through changes throughout pregnancy and again for many months after pregnancy.  Throw in a little sleep deprivation, and it's no wonder many moms feel depressed during pregnancy and when their child is an infant!

 

If any of this sounds familiar,  you might be struggling with depression.  The good news is things can get better.  You don't have to face this alone. Postpartum Wellness is here to help you be the best version of yourself as a mom! 

What is Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a specific form of depression that falls under the umbrella of what professionals call perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, or PMADs.  Perinatal depression can occur anytime around pregnancy and birth of the child.  Postpartum depression is used to describe perinatal depression that specifically occurs after the pregnancy. 

Signs of Postpartum Depression

Every mom's situation is unique and therefore your experience of perinatal our postpartum depression will be unique. However, there are some common things to look for as you transition into motherhood. Some of the warning signs of perinatal depression include:

Of course, many of these are common experiences during and after pregnancy, and you know your body and your mood better than anyone else. 

 

However, if you are noticing these issues are lasting more than 2-3 weeks postpartum, it may be time to consider postpartum counseling. Also, if any of these symptoms are affecting your ability to do work, love, or play, seek professional help immediately

Counseling Can Help With Postpartum Depression

 

The good news is that you don't have to walk through this journey alone.  Counseling can help you be the mom you've always dreamed of.  Postpartum depression is very common, but also very treatable.  

Postpartum Wellness provides individual counseling for depression during pregnant or postpartum for women from all over Northern Virginia (McLean, Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Vienna, Reston, Herndon, Springfield, Chantilly, and beyond) because we believe that everyone – including you – deserves a chance to thrive. 

How will therapy help with my depression?

Perinatal and other forms of depression tend to be caused by something we call the “depression spiral”:

When it comes to perinatal depression, sometimes this spiral begins with the hormonal changes that occur before, during, and after pregnancy.  This causes a temporary chemical imbalance in the brain as your body adapts to the changes that are happening.  Sometimes, the spiral can begin when you lose your child prematurely through miscarriage or infant death. 

 

Regardless of the cause, the depression spiral can be devastating.  Women can begin to lose all hope, motivation, and purpose as the spiral continues to reinforce itself over time, making them feel more and more helpless and disconnected from others. 

Postpartum Depression Counseling Helps You Break the Spiral

 

Therapy for perinatal depression is all about breaking that spiral.  Sometimes our thoughts will hold us back, tell us that we can’t ask for help, that we shouldn’t be “needy.”  Sometimes our feelings of sadness and pain will keep us from taking care of ourselves and others.  And sometimes we become so disconnected and isolated, we feel like the world has forgotten about us and our needs.

 

You are not alone in your motherhood journey.

 

Therapy provides a safe, judgement-free space where you can share, feel heard, and become empowered.  You can learn to cope with the stressors of motherhood and begin to make real, positive changes in your life. 

 

And together, we can get you back on the path to wellness

 

Do not wait and hope for things to get better on their own.  Here at Postpartum Wellness, we strive to help women just like you find freedom from depression.  Contact us today to learn how we can make that happen.

What does therapy for depression look like at Postpartum Wellness?

We are here for you!

 

Postpartum Wellness provides expert individual therapy for perinatal depression for women from all over Northern Virginia area because we believe in the healing power of connection. 

 

Our counselors use effective counseling techniques while putting our relationship with you front and center.  Our goal is to help you find true healing through connection and giving you new skills to try.

 

Depending on your specific needs, your therapist may use solution-focused counseling techniques, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and/or Interpersonal Therapy. We take a holistic approach to helping you find joy in parenting and the rest of your life. 

 

Each therapy session is private. We have two counseling offices in McLean (1305 Vincent Place, McLean, VA 22101) and Crystal City (2261 Jefferson Davis Highway, #600, Arlington, VA 22202).  We can also work with your physician if they think your depression may have a chemical component.  Many moms benefit from the combination of medication and talk therapy, so it can be helpful for your therapist and physician to work together.

Your first counseling session will be an "intake interview."  This is where you will paint a clear picture for your therapist of your current problem.  Through talking in this first session, your counselor will come to better understand your depression symptoms and what your specific pain points are. From there, you and your therapist will come up with a plan for treatment.  From there, we meet for regular individual therapy sessions – which is where the real work begins. 

 

How Postpartum Counseling Helps Moms

Your therapist will help you begin to:

  • Break free from the depression spiral

  • Relax and sleep better

  • Build connection and love for your child

  • Use coping strategies when you feel stressed

  • Feel confident as a parent

  • Maintain self-control

  • Think positively and understand your emotions

  • Find wellness and joy

 

We call our practice Postpartum Wellness for a reason.

 

We started this practice because we are passionate about providing a safe and caring space for women to process their pregnancy and postpartum experiences.  The silent struggle that many women experience impacts their relationships with self, partner, friends, family, colleagues, and the rest of society.  The shame and stigma around pregnancy and postpartum stress needs to be recognized – and we want to be part of that change.

Postpartum Depression Counseling in

Northern Virginia


 

Do you see the signs of postpartum depression in yourself? Do you feel guilty because you aren’t enjoying the first months of your baby’s life? Being a new mom is hard, but you don’t have to struggle alone. Our skilled therapists at Postpartum Wellness in Fairfax County are here to help you find joy as a new mom. Contact us today to begin finding your way through postpartum depression.

Other Services at Postpartum Wellness in

McLean, VA and Arlington, VA

The caring therapists at Postpartum Wellness understand that there are many areas new or expecting moms might be dealing with. We help with all aspects of the journey towards parenthood, whether you need counseling or just a little support after birth. Some of our specialties include prenatal massage, birth and postpartum doulas, NICU babies and preemies, military moms, infertility and postpartum anxiety treatment.

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1305 Vincent Place, McLean, VA 22101

2261 Jefferson Davis Highway, #600, Arlington, VA 22202

 

Phone:  (703) 772-5097

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