Seeing a therapist while pregnant

Psychologist & Postpartum Specialist Shoshana Bennett, PhD, shares advice on the importance of talking to a therapist if dealing with depression during pregnancy
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Seeing a therapist while pregnant

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When a woman is suffering during pregnancy or during postpartum, she should, whenever possible, work with a therapist who specializes in this area of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. It is not enough to work with a therapist that even specializes in women's health. This is a very focused area. Ideally, whenever she can, she should work with someone who has had the training in this particular field. There are some of us out there, therapists who work by phone and Skype. If you don't have a referral to somebody in your geographic area, there is usually a way to work it out. Even working online and getting referrals online, can be very, very useful.

Psychologist & Postpartum Specialist Shoshana Bennett, PhD, shares advice on the importance of talking to a therapist if dealing with depression during pregnancy

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Shoshana Bennett, PhD

Clinical Psychologist & Postpartum Specialist

Shoshana Bennett, PhD (“Dr. Shosh”) from the popular DrShosh.com Radio Show is the author of Pregnant on Prozac, Postpartum Depression For Dummies, and co-author of Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety.  She is also the creator of the new mobile app PPD Gone.  National TV shows including  20/20, Discovery Channel, The Doctors and The Ricki Lake Show feature Dr. Shosh as the pregnancy and postpartum mood expert and news stations such as CNN consult her. Several publications including the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News have written articles on Dr. Shosh’s work.  She’s interviewed regularly on national radio and has been quoted in dozens of newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, WebMD, Boston Globe, Fit Pregnancy, Glamour, Parenting, Psychology Today, New York Post, Self, Cosmopolitan, and the Chicago Tribune. 

Dr. Shosh is a pioneer in the field.  She is a survivor of two life-threatening postpartum depressions. She founded Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987, and is a former president of Postpartum Support International. Dr. Shosh helped develop the official Postpartum Support International training curriculum for professionals which is now considered the gold standard in the field. She has helped over 19,000 women worldwide through individual consultations, support groups and wellness seminars.  As a noted guest lecturer and keynote speaker, she travels throughout the US and abroad, training medical and mental health professionals to assess and treat postpartum depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. She earned three teaching credentials, two masters degrees, a PhD and is licensed as a clinical psychologist.

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