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

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 Maryland 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!


Brooke  Bralove

Brooke Bralove

4940 Hampden Lane, Bethesda, MD, 20814

Online Sessions, MD

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $335 per session

Through psychotherapy, every person has the capacity to grow and change and live the life they’ve always imagined. I can help you recognize and alter patterns in your life, develop new skills to enhance your relationships with family, friends, and partners, and move toward greater joy and personal fulfillment.


Whitney  Dixon

Whitney Dixon

Online Sessions, MD

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO), United Healthcare, FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Oxford Health Plans, Aetna Student Health Insurance, 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), Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna), New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $130 - $175 per session

I find that being able to come to therapy as you are, where you are and who you are is truly the foundation of your journey, of healing. I offer a nonjudgmental space, where empathy and compassion is given effortlessly. I encourage my clients to be truthful and accountable with themselves, in order to reach their full potential. I believe that we all deserve to be proud of the person that we are and live a life that is full of happiness and purpose.


Kathleen  Nardella

Kathleen Nardella

Online Sessions, MD

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA HMO, CareFirst
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $175 per session

A special note to my prospective online clients: I feel privileged to help my clients through a variety of challenges as they embrace life transitions. Working together, I can help you move forward with confidence and strength.
Many of my clients come to me with mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. I am very mindful of the degree to which you appear to be impacted in your daily life by these symptoms when we are working together. Please understand that your safety and well-being is most important to me. I am not equipped in my current office setting to manage severe depression, active thoughts of harming yourself in any way, or thoughts and ideas that do not connect to existing reality. If we begin working together and symptoms like these become apparent, I will make additional referrals for you in order to assure that you receive the best possible care and support.

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255


The Woolf Center

The Woolf Center

932 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD, 20850

4405 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD, 20814

Online Sessions, MD

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $195 per session

Isolation is a major challenge for many of us right now. You are not alone – and at the Woolf Center, we are here to remind you of that. We will help you learn to cope through these and other challenging times. Life is tough, especially nowadays – we hear you and see you, and we understand. We have services available for you whether you are a teen, young adult or a parent.

If you've experienced trauma, the single most important protective factor for healing is to have a community, and a support system. We can help catch you if you feel like you've fallen, and help lift you back up.

If you're feeling burnt out, know this is a real phenomenon for professionals, parents, and caretakers. Therapy is available to help you give a little back to yourself. We strive to show you care, the same way that you do for others. We work closely with you to ensure you are equipped with self-awareness and personal-care tools for sustainable, positive change.

All of our providers at the Woolf Center utilize evidence-based practices for treatment. This includes modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), EMDR, Sensorimotor psychotherapy, Mindfulness, and Perinatal Mental Health. All of our therapists are experienced with trauma, whether you have life trauma or a specific event that you perceive as a traumatic experience. You will not have to tell us anything you don't want to, but we will help you with increasing joy, satisfaction, and contentment in the here and now -- no matter how you feel when starting out.


Lauren  Pincus

Lauren Pincus

Online Sessions, MD

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Medicare, NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO), United Healthcare, FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Oxford Health Plans, Aetna Student Health Insurance, 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), Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna), New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $130 - $175 per session

Relationships can be very challenging and complicated both with others and ourselves. If you find yourself in a place questioning repetitive thoughts or feeling emotions that may be roadblocks for personal growth, therapy is an opportunity for you to explore and grow both personally and interpersonally. We are all made up of many parts and often times we have a couple parts of us, such as an angry part or anxious part, that we feel defined by. Often times these parts prevent us from living our truest and fullest selves. I promise to be fully present and committed in helping you understand these difficult parts and how they may be preventing you from feeling like yourself. I have a very interactive style and will work with you at a pace you are comfortable with to help you find peace and harmony with yourself and in your life.


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