Therapists Specializing in Pregnancy, Perinatal, Postpartum Mental Health in Washington DC

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 Washington DC 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, DC

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.


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.


Kristin  Staroba

Kristin Staroba

1201 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, 20036

Online Sessions, DC

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

We all need help sometimes. Relationships, career, family, money, health, sex—each aspect of our lives is built from our histories (what we bring with us from the past) and our habits (how we respond in the moment). Therapy is a place to take a deeper look at ourselves, and turn over all the puzzle pieces to discover how they fit to make a picture. Being aware of what shapes behaviors and responses can give us leverage to make choices that bring more joy, satisfaction, and energy.


Deborah  Hecker

Deborah Hecker

5225 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, 20015

Online Sessions, DC

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $200 per session

Hi I'm Dr. Deb Hecker and I am delighted to meet you.  I have been in private practice for over 35 years in several major US cities.  I work with individuals and couples.  When prescribed properly, I am a big believer in psychotropic medications.  If you were to ask my clients how they would describe me, they would likely use words like "bold," "benevolent," and "loyal." I am an active collaborator in the treatment process and very direct with my clients.  It is very important to me that people understand their own development and conflicts. I answer all questions.  My clients would also say I am very kind, compassionate and a great listener.  Once I make a commitment to a client, I am easily accessible.


The Woolf Center

The Woolf Center

932 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD, 20850

4405 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD, 20814

Online Sessions, DC

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.


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.


Kathleen  Nardella

Kathleen Nardella

Online Sessions, MD

Online Sessions, DC

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA HMO, CareFirst
Accepting new clients 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


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).


Lauren  Pincus

Lauren Pincus

Online Sessions, VA

Online Sessions, MD

Online Sessions, DC

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.


Sandra  Piedrahita

Sandra Piedrahita

1990 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20036

Online Sessions, DC

Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

I understand it can be a struggle to reach out for help in difficult times. There can be plenty of barriers, but you are here, searching – which represents movement and action. And that is very encouraging. 

Now, finding the right person to work with is essential and although reading about me can offer you some insight into how I work and what I can offer, I invite you to contact me. 


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