Jane Hesser is an expert in prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety, including OCD as well as adjustment to motherhood. She enjoys working with women who are trying to conceive, adopt, or transition to motherhood as well as those who are navigating other challenges in their lives. She works with many physicians and has clinical interests in decreasing burnout as well as insomnia in medical professionals and others.
Jane has built her expertise in women's mental health through her extensive work in the Department of Women's Behavioral Health at Women & Infants Hospital. Her style is warm and practical, combining biological regulation such as sleep and diet, with deeper psychotherapy work. She is the regional co-coordinator for Postpartum Support International in the state of RI, teaches in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and speaks and teaches locally and nationally on the subject of perinatal mental health. Babies are always welcome in session and Jane can help connect clients with specialists in baby sleep and feeding.
Jane also enjoys seeing artists and creative professionals. She holds an MFA in Photography from The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and taught art at both RISD and Brown, bringing a deep understanding of the unique pressures and forces at play for artists.
Jane appreciates the complexity of women's lives at all stages and takes an honest, holistic approach to therapy. She has devoted her career to supporting women's emotional health, and wishes to learn and share her experience as much as possible in both her teaching and clinical practice.
Women’s mental health - Takes into consideration ways that women's hormones, reproductive cycle changes, and life experiences as well as cultural or societal expectations may impact their emotional heath
Peripartum depression and anxiety - Navigating complex emotions and the transition to parenthood during pregnancy and the postpartum period
Transitions to motherhood - Addressing issues specific to women during the postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Medical professionals' mental health - Support navigating work-related expectations and stress; addressing issues of burnout, hierarchical pressures, and vicarious trauma
Artists' mental health - Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life
Graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Using exposure and response prevention to help clients confront OCD, e.g. concern with and/or fear of germs and becoming 'contaminated.' Note: postpartum OCD may not involve previously mentioned symptoms, and may involve intrusive scary thoughts
Insomnia - Addressing problems related to lack of restful sleep, including difficulty falling asleep, waking often, and restless sleep
Infertility counseling - Experience working with infertility, pregnancy loss, perinatal psychology (mental health issues while pregnant), and peripartum / postpartum depression
Birth trauma - Works with individuals and families struggling with implications of birth trauma
Jane Hesser is not in-network with any insurances.
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Jane is out-of-network with most insurances, but she is happy to provide you with paperwork to make it as easy as possible to use your out-of-network benefits.
Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, Psychotherapy Supervisor in the Psychiatry Residency, 2017 - Present
Women & Infants Hospital, Women's Behavioral Health, 2011 - 2018
Bristol County Adult Partial Hospital Program, Community Counseling, 2009 - 2011
Center for Integrated Health, Psychological Centers, 2010