Therapists Specializing in Pregnancy, Perinatal, Postpartum Mental Health in Chicago

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 Chicago 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!


Julie  Safranski

Julie Safranski

2656 West Montrose Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60618

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Lyra Health
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

No matter the reason you are investing in therapy, finding the right fit with a therapist is key. My approach to therapy is practical, genuine and collaborative. I really enjoy helping people identify their strengths, change problematic thought patterns, and feel overall more confident about how their life is going.


Lynn  Zakeri

Lynn Zakeri

4254 Emerson Street, Skokie, IL, 60076

778 West Frontage Road, Northfield, IL, 60093

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $190 per session

I know the first call is the hardest. I am really responsive, warm, and genuine while also smart, practical and insightful.


Azita  Afshar

Azita Afshar

30 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60602

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $190 per session

I want you to know that I am here and appreciate the anxieties and/or hesitation in beginning the therapeutic journey. I want to tell you to trust how you feel in the room with someone and to take your time in finding what works for you. I also would like the opportunity to help and have the tools to do so. Together, we can figure out some things and help find you relief. It can get better. You are enough and everything you need may already be inside of you—we just may need to help you bring it out.


InTouch & Motion

InTouch & Motion

4028 Illinois 19, Chicago, IL, 60641

4001 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60613

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $160 per session

InTouch & Motion is a creative arts therapy practice in Chicago, IL whose providers offer individual therapy for adults, children, and adolescents as well as couples, family, and group therapy sessions.

COVID-19 Update: InTouch & Motion is offering in-person therapy sessions at this time; however, please note that a telehealth intake is required first. In-person sessions may then be determined to be plausible based on safety and privacy concerns (as discussed with the therapist during the intake appointment).


Sue  De Santo

Sue De Santo

Online Sessions, IL

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

Are you struggling with repeating the same dating and relationship patterns and don’t know why or how to change it? Hi I’m Sue De Santo Relationship Coach and Therapist, I work  with singles and couples guiding them in navigating the changing landscape of relationship issues with more ease and confidence. If you would like be more confident and clear about your stumbling blocks that make you feel, insecure, anxious and frustrated, contact me for a free phone 15 minute phone consultation.

Right now all my sessions are via Video Conferencing, so you can be in the comfort of your own home and leans tools to help you have the relationships you want.


Nicole  Rothman

Nicole Rothman

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Northwestern University Student Health Insurance (Aetna), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $130 per session

Making the decision to talk to someone is the foundation to your journey. From our first meeting, I aim to provide you the space and warmth to easefully process whatever is on your mind. The word “Therapy” can be anxiety-provoking in itself. I hope each session with me is the opposite of that feeling, and rather, empowering, non-judgmental, and relatable. As your therapist, I couple organic conversation, with productivity toward your short-term or long-term goals. If your goals feel unclear to you, we work as a team to align you with your values, and a direction.

I am experienced working with Adult and Adolescent individuals struggling with a range of difficulties, including but not limited to, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Trauma, confidence and self-esteem, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, life transitions/losses, relationship struggles, and communication and interpersonal effectiveness. I help guide you into a day-to-day, momentum, that honors your unique values and commitment to self.

Please contact me via email to discuss scheduling an initial session, and we’ll start our work together from there.


Whitley  Lassen

Whitley Lassen

Online Sessions, IL

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

I will work with you to learn coping skills and strategies to manage stress and anxiety, so that you can live a meaningful and purposeful life. At the end of therapy, you will be like your own therapist. Take control of your anxiety, worry, fears, and phobias today by scheduling a phone consultation.


Hillary  Schoninger

Hillary Schoninger

321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL, 60654

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Optum
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

Hi there, I believe that everyone has their own inner ‘garden,’ which has the potential to be bountiful, beautiful, and serene. If we want to maintain our gardens and have them represent the most beautiful aspects of our lives, we need to nourish them and water them regularly. Keeping our gardens beautiful and vibrant does take work, but it is work that makes life more joyous and manageable. I view psychotherapy as a practice that can help you to support your garden so that it, and you, can flourish. Helping individuals and families tend to their gardens, remove weeds, and plant new seeds: this is my greatest purpose.

I look forward to helping you manifest your garden.


Elizabeth  Elliott

Elizabeth Elliott

2858 West Diversey Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60647

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Cigna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $250 per session

Hi! I’m Liz. I’m an experienced and compassionate therapist in the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago. I work with a variety of clients, but central to all my therapeutic relationships is the belief that everyone has the potential to feel and function better and more effectively than they think. Whatever may be troubling you, I will hold space for you while working collaboratively to get at the roots of what may be making your life harder than it needs to be. I am very casual and use humor abundantly, so sitting down with a total stranger and discussing your innermost self isn’t nearly as hard as it might seem. I’d love to meet you!


Ilyssa  Lasky

Ilyssa Lasky

723 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL, 60093

Online Sessions, IL

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $140 - $175 per session

Give yourself permission to take time for your self and talk to someone about everything that is going on. Our lives can be on over drive and it’s best to reflect and breathe. I am here to create a safe space for you to do that; no judgement. My approach is integrative- so you know it’s not one size fits all. We will work together to address areas of stress and strain in your life. I am excited to meet you and help you explore, process and energize yourself during every step of this journey.


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