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Supporting You is a Priority!

Postpartum Therapy Group

Our postpartum therapy group offers support and treatment for individuals after having a baby. 

 

Being within a safe and compassionate space with other moms who are going through a similar experience, naturally helps reduce isolation. And with proper support and treatment, it will help decrease intense negative thoughts and feelings that you are experiencing.

 

Our group will be 8 weeks in length with up to 6 members participating. 

To give you a sense of being a good fit for the group, you may have or currently have been experiencing any of the following symptoms during postpartum:

  • Sadness

  • Crying spells

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Appetite disturbances

  • Irritability, anger or rage

  • Guilt or shame

  • Hopelessness or helplessness

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Difficulty connecting with your baby

  • Constant worry

  • Feeling that something bad is about to happen

  • Racing thoughts

  • Restlessness

  • Dizziness, hot flashes, nausea

  • Intrusive/scary thoughts

You are not alone and there's help!

There will be one initial session with the therapist (Melinda) prior to starting group to make sure it's a proper fit.  You'll also complete intake forms before getting started.

What to expect:

 

The postpartum group is a safe therapeutic space connecting moms on their shared experiences during their postpartum journey, while diving deeply through topics, such as, identity transition, self-care, relationships, coping strategies, and ways to support the bond between you and your new baby.

  • Group meets once weekly for 8 weeks starting on October 23rd - December 11th on Mondays, from 9:30 - 11:00 

  • Location is virtually (you may use your phone, tablet, or computer to login securely via a HIPAA compliant platform)

  • Facilitated by a Licensed Mental Health Therapist specializing in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.

  • Topics include: Identity transition, birth processing, postpartum anxiety/depression/ocd symptoms, self-care, coping skills, relationships, body image, etc.

  • Insurance accepted: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Optum, UMR, UHC, CCHP, and Medicaid

  • Out-of-network or private pay also accepted

  • Intake session is required prior to participation and billed through insurance or private pay (if out-of-network)

  • While this group is designed for those in the first year of parenthood, it is also beneficial to those beyond the first year of postpartum if symptoms have never been adequately addressed.

Group Guidelines

1.  Everything said in the group is confidential. 

 

2.  Please do not share with anyone the names or stories you learn in this room.

3.  We share feelings and experiences just as they are.  There are no right or wrong statements. 

4.  Each person knows what is best for themselves, and therefore carries the primary responsibility for her or his well-being during the meeting.  If at any time persons need to leave or take a break, for any reason, they are free to do so.

5.  Everyone’s presence is appreciated and can be a source of healing for others.  No one is required to speak during the meeting.  Listening is a gift, too.

6.  When speaking, use “I” statements and please focus on your feelings, not opinions.

7.  Avoid individual problem solving.  Individuals can learn from one another’s experiences to solve their own problems.

8.  When a person speaks, the others should listen actively, with the goal of relating the speaker’s experiences to their own.  Only one person should be speaking at any given time with no interruptions from others.

9.  It is empowering and healing for us to gather ideas that can benefit us, but advice-giving is not recommended.  No one of us is an expert and no one knows what is best for another.

10.  The sharing that takes place is a gift to everyone in the room.  Please don’t ask questions seeking more information.  What each person chooses to share is appreciated and sufficient.

11.  At times there may be silence during the meeting.  This provides a moment to reflect on what has been shared.  No one needs to feel anxious or responsible to break the silence. 

The session is comprised of two parts.  During the first part, everyone is invited to share their experiences and feelings. The second part consists of a psychoeducational topic and open discussion where all are invited to talk about what they learned from the previous sharing.

Melinda Pedersen, MS, LPC, NCC

The journey of becoming a parent can trigger old wounds and bring up new ones. "I believe in a supportive and compassionate space, where individuals can find inner peace." 

Read more about Melinda

Once you are registered for group, Melinda will reach out to get your initial session scheduled. This will be helpful to complete in advance. Melinda looks forward to meeting you virtually!

Group Registration

Thank you for registering! Melinda will respond within 24 hours to schedule your initial session.

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