Postpartum Depression Therapists In NYC
Find the best therapists for postpartum depression and other perinatal mental health concerns in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Postpartum depression (PPD) is a mood disorder that begins after (and sometimes during) pregnancy. More severe than "baby blues," symptoms of PPD can include (but are not limited to) persistent low mood, irritability, lack of appetite, crying spells, anxiety or panic, guilt, hopelessness, worthlessness, and difficulty bonding with a new baby.
The following therapists are experts in mental health during pregnancy and early motherhood, peripartum and postpartum depression, anxiety, attachment, and transition to parenting.
As perinatal mental healthcare requires specialized and advanced training, it can be difficult to find specialists who take health insurances. Therapists who specialize in new motherhood and postpartum depression in NYC typically cost between $150 - $250+ per session, if you’re paying out of pocket. You may, however, be able to receive reimbursement from your health insurance company using out-of-network benefits.
Therapists differ in their approaches to postpartum depression, but some common treatments include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Practices, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). Therapy sessions for postpartum depression are usually 45 minutes- 1 hour long and babies are typically welcome at sessions, too (just check with the therapist in advance; they may like to make accommodations to their office setup if they know you are bringing a little one).
Find vetted therapists who specialize in postpartum depression below. Click on any therapist to watch an introductory video, and book a free initial call to assess fit. You can expand your search by adding fee ranges you can afford under ‘Payment options.’ For many new moms, transportation is complicated by logistics like childcare; so you can search for therapists in your neighborhood or expand your search to include online video sessions under ‘Locations.'
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How to find a therapist for postpartum depression in NYC
How much does therapy for postpartum and other prenatal concerns cost in NYC?
Therapy for postpartum depression in NYC with highly trained therapists tends to range from $150- $250+ per session if you are paying out-of-pocket. If your insurance covers therapy for depression you may only need to pay a copay at each session, typically $20 - $40.
If your health insurance does not cover therapy, or you have limited options, you can try asking a therapist if they accept sliding scale (flexible fees based on client income).
Does health insurance cover postpartum therapy in NYC?
Yes, if your health insurance covers therapy, then it likely covers therapy for postpartum depression.
Where are most therapists for postpartum depression in NYC located?
While therapists for postpartum depression are based throughout NYC, most tend to be focused in Manhattan; in particular Midtown, Union Square, Flatiron, the Upper East Side, and the Upper West Side. You can also find perinatal therapists in Brooklyn Heights.
What should I look for in a therapist who specializes in postpartum depression and other prenatal concerns?
Whomever you choose should have training in perinatal and postpartum mood issues. It may help to look for a therapist who has received training from the Postpartum Support Institute (PSI).
Also, prioritize personal fit. It is crucial that you feel comfortable enough to open up to your therapist about whatever thoughts, fears, anxieties, and/or concerns you are having during the perinatal period.
What is postpartum psychosis?
In rare cases, postpartum psychosis may develop, which is a serious condition that requires immediate help. Signs and symptoms of postpartum psychosis include (but are not limited to):
Hallucinations or delusions (seeing or hearing things that are not real, or inability to distinguish what is real)
Obsessive and/or paranoid thoughts
Thoughts about harming yourself or the baby.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek help immediately by calling emergency services or going to the nearest hospital.