I am dedicated to caring for women’s mental health throughout the lifecycle, including before, during and after pregnancy. I am a compassionate therapist who understands the challenges facing today’s contemporary woman. My office is a safe, nurturing space for women to talk, explore their needs, gain symptom relief and heal.
Pregnancy, motherhood and parenting can be overwhelming. Having a baby leads to profound changes in a woman’s life that triggers a wide range of feelings and responses. Many women find the transition to motherhood different from what they imagined. Moms often encounter things they didn’t expect, such as a shift or loss of identity, worries about returning to work, parenting concerns, couples conflict and disrupted family flow. I help mothers cope with the changes and challenges of having a new baby. As a counselor, my goal is to support women to care for themselves, their children and their families.
Postpartum depression (PPD) and postpartum anxiety (PPA) are real illnesses, affecting 1 in 7 women. They can strike without warning and shake a woman to her core, challenging everything she thought she knew about herself. PPD/PPA can happen to any woman during or after pregnancy, even to women who have had other babies without postpartum mood complications. Getting the right support, including professional therapy, is key in the journey toward recovery and well-being.
Common symptoms associated with Postpartum Depression:
- Feeling sad, hopeless, helpless
- Being overwhelmed
- Crying a lot
- Feeling guilty or worthless
- Over-concern about the baby
- Feelings of being a bad mother
- Fear of hurting the baby or yourself
- Feeling “I’m not myself” or “I’m falling apart”
- Scary thoughts or fantasies
- Feeling irritable, angry or nervous
- Panic attacks or extreme agitation
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Loss of appetite or overeating
- Lack of energy or motivation
- Poor concentration
- Loss of interest, joy or pleasure in things you used to enjoy
Can Dads Have Postpartum Depression?
Yes. Postpartum depression isn’t just for mothers. Although experts haven’t yet pinpointed its cause (role of hormonal changes, stress, sleep deprivation and history of mental illness), one doesn’t have to give birth to experience the symptoms of postpartum depression.
Mona Browne, LMHC – Areas of Expertise in Women’s Mental Health
- pregnancy, motherhood, empty nest, caregiving, aging/chronically ill family members
- reproductive concerns including infertility, miscarriage, pregnancy loss
- parenting challenges, single parenting, step-parenting, co-parenting
- relationship issues, couples conflict, emotional distress
- infidelity, separation, divorce