Therapists Specializing in Pregnancy, Perinatal, Postpartum Mental Health in Boston Area

The perinatal period refers to the duration of a woman’s pregnancy as well as the weeks and months following birth. Although the time leading up to and following a baby’s birth is often joyful, the perinatal period can also come with mental health challenges for both mothers and fathers. Postpartum depression is perhaps the best-known perinatal mental health condition, but psychological and emotional reactions vary widely and can occur at any time before, during, or after pregnancy. Some amount of anxiety and stress is a normal part of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting, but when these conditions become especially frequent or intense, they can have an adverse effect on an individual’s wellbeing.

Many parents struggling with perinatal mental health challenges find it helpful to seek help from a trained therapist who can help them process their experiences and cope with the emotions of having a baby. Though therapists differ in their approaches to perinatal mental health challenges, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy are among the most effective and commonly used modalities. Therapists can help explore the challenges experienced by new parents, provide guidance to modify unhelpful thoughts, and help clients develop or foster social support and relationships.

Find therapists in Boston Area who specialize in pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health below. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Allison  Bell

Allison Bell

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 - $250 per session

Helping people of all ages navigate the important relationships in their lives is something that has been pivotal in my work for many years.

From infant development to retirement and beyond, family life forms the matrix from which we all learn about how to be with and talk to others. There's no such thing as a perfect family, and no training manual for parenting, which means that all of us suffer from the bumps and bruises of learning to live with one another, imperfectly.

If and when we can figure out how to treat ourselves and others with dignity and respect, without shame and humiliation, we can enrich our connections to others and feel some measure of safety in the world. I'm grateful to guide you along that path.


Emily  Pfannenstiel

Emily Pfannenstiel

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

Psychotherapy is one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself. The skills and insight you will gain in therapy will stay with you forever, and will enhance your life in ways you have yet to even imagine.


Teresa  Spillane

Teresa Spillane

76 Elm Street, Boston, MA, 02130

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $225 per session

My approach to mental health involves asking, How well can this person love and work? How flexible is this person in coping with difficulty? What is the nature of this person's suffering? I try to address all three areas with compassion, empathy, and good humor. With 25 years of experience working with a variety of people, I find the quality of the therapeutic relationship is often the best predictor of a therapy where a person feels, heard, affirmed, challenged, and helped to heal and grow.


Nicole  Issa

Nicole Issa

Online Sessions, MA

Insurances: FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Aetna Student Health Insurance, Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare), RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), United Healthcare Student Health Plan, Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Boston College Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna), New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources), Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA HMO
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $225 per session

In my work as a therapist, I focus on understanding early experiences and how psychological well-being can be fostered through relationships. I believe change and healing come through relationships: our relationships with ourselves, as well as our relationships with others. I view therapy as a collaborative process that allows both therapist and client to grow and change.
I practice primarily from a relational-dynamic perspective, though I incorporate techniques from cognitive behavioral (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and narrative approaches to tailor treatment to the unique and individual needs of each client.
My clients describe me as an empathetic, active listener who approaches their concerns with caring, respect, pragmatism, and sometimes, humor. I'm honored that you're considering working with me and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Elizabeth  Cronin

Elizabeth Cronin

36 Maxwell Avenue, Norwood, MA, 02062

11 Kent Street, Brookline, MA, 02445

Online Sessions, MA

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 - $233 per session

On a personal note –

I know what it is like to live with stress and anxiety. And I know what it’s like to conquer adversity, to recover from difficult times and to not just heal, but grow. Over the years, I experienced how engaging in therapy, participating in groups, and developing new ways of coping can bring about dramatic changes. None of us needs to live with a level of distress that leaves us feeling bewildered, overwhelmed, or confused about what to do. My personal experience with psychotherapy and mindfulness meditation, as well as my years of experience providing therapy to others has taught me so much. I know that making changes in our thoughts and behaviors can decrease difficulties and increase a sense of well being; leading to less stress and more success.


Liza  Mordkovich

Liza Mordkovich

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $250 per session

I provide a supportive, collaborative, emphatic and safe environment for you to explore confusing or distressing parts in your life. You will learn specific day to day tools to assist in a change-oriented therapeutic style.


Andie  Insoft

Andie Insoft

1193 Walnut Street, Newton, MA, 02461

Online Sessions, MA

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $85 - $175 per session

The ‘fit’ between a client and a therapist is all important. I believe that much of the healing takes place through the relationship we develop. I firmly believe that challenges can present one with a unique opportunity to really look at oneself and grow.


Sarit  Lesser

Sarit Lesser

Online Sessions, MA

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare), RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), United Healthcare Student Health Plan
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $120 - $180 per session

I see therapy as a collaborative process, where both parties need to cooperate and work together in order to make it work. Together, we will identify specific short- and long-term goals, develop a treatment plan, and try out new approaches that will allow you to heal and grow. My goal is to support my clients in finding ways to live healthier, fuller and more meaningful lives.


United Paths

United Paths

Online Sessions, MA

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beacon Health Options, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Cigna, First Health, Harvard Pilgrim, Medicaid, Medicaid (through Tufts), Medicaid (through United Health), Medicare, Medicare (through Blue Cross Blue Shield), Medicare (through United Health), Tricare, Tufts Health Plan, United Healthcare, Providence College Student Health Insurance (Cigna), Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare), RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), United Healthcare Student Health Plan
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $90 - $120 per session

United Paths is a boutique clinical practice that provides services to children, teenagers (13-18), young adults/college students, adults, parents, couples, families, and older adults.
Clinicians at United Paths utilize a number of treatment options, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness practices, and more.


Joy  Von Steiger

Joy Von Steiger

9 Remington Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138

Online Sessions, MA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $250 per session

I have been in private practice in the Boston/Cambridge area for 30 years working with adults and adolescents, couples and families. I work with clients utilizing a trauma informed lens as well as elements of liberation psychology and relational cultural theory. I feel all clinical work must begin with a thorough understanding of a client's multiple identities and how those identities interact within their communities and the larger culture. My work and my passion are embedded in a deep commitment to social justice.


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