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

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 Virginia 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!


Melissa  Divaris Thompson

Melissa Divaris Thompson

Online Sessions, VA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $275 per session

You may feel like you are functioning in life, but struggling underneath. With so much uncertainty in the world, you may be experiencing more anxiety, sadness, or overwhelm. Perhaps you are struggling in your intimate relationship, with your family or friends or by yourself. No matter your situation, talking to someone can be helpful to feel more grounded, clear, and less stressed.

In allowing ourselves to feel, we create a space within to open and grow. In our busy lives, we often forget our true nature and end up feeling stuck, tired, anxious and unhappy.

As a holistic and depth oriented therapist, my role is to support my adults and couples in finding wholeness — mind, body, and spirit — creating more joy, ease, and healthy relationships. I help my clients remember their empowered authentic voice and “tap back in” to their true self.

In a safe and warm environment, my clients are able to explore their past and their present, to understand what’s missing in their life, what they truly yearn for, and what is keeping them apart from that. Through this exploration, I help clients express their inner most desires, bringing more peace, balance, and happiness to their lives.


Whitley  Lassen

Whitley Lassen

Online Sessions, VA

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.


Nova Terra Therapy

Nova Terra Therapy

Online Sessions, VA

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, CareFirst
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

Nova Terra Therapy is a counseling practice in Burke, Virginia whose practitioners specialize in anxiety, women's issues, depression, and trauma. The providers at Nova Terra strive to provide clients with compassionate and meaningful care, using evidence-based approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).


Whitney  Dixon

Whitney Dixon

Online Sessions, VA

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.


Lauren  Pincus

Lauren Pincus

Online Sessions, VA

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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