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Therapy for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

Supporting you through the emotional challenges that new parenthood can bring.

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Bringing home a new baby is precious

But sometimes it doesn’t go the way you expect.

Dealing with your own physical postpartum recovery is difficult enough on its own. Add in sleepless nights and an around-the-clock feeding schedule, and it’s understandable that you’re not feeling like yourself.

But how do you know when you’re dealing with the baby blues, or if it has shifted into something deeper?

We can help you feel like yourself again.
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If you are struggling with:

Reaching out for help is a courageous first step to feeling better

THERAPY IN PISMO BEACH

What is Postpartum Depression and Anxiety?

Postpartum depression is a common form of depression that affects 1 in 5 new moms (and some dads) and shows up as persistent sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest or joy in once-enjoyable activities. PPD is often dismissed as the “baby blues,” but it’s more serious, and can make taking care of yourself and your baby difficult.

Postpartum anxiety involves excessive worry, fear, and heightened anxiety levels. You might have racing thoughts, can’t relax or sleep well, worry about the baby’s safety, or have fears of something bad happening. It’s more than the usual worry that new parents feel, and it can make daily life a challenge.

Parenthood adds a new dynamic to your life. Postpartum therapy can offer:

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How Therapy Helps
At Bloom Maternal Therapy, we take a comprehensive approach to postpartum therapy to make sure you get help in exactly the way you need it. During our initial session, we will tailor a treatment plan that may include:

We look at how your thoughts affect your feelings, which then affect your behaviors. Reframing negative or anxious thoughts can help shift emotions around your birth, baby, or postpartum experience and affect how you approach your day-to-day life. 

We approach your postpartum mental health challenges from a complete mind, body, soul connection. We believe that how we treat our bodies in postpartum affects our mental health and vice versa. We recognize that uninterrupted sleep for the postpartum mom, daily movement, and healthy nutrition are the building blocks for mental wellness. 

We recognize that birth trauma, perinatal grief and loss, and postpartum anxiety can often get trapped in our body’s nervous system. By using somatic practices like body scanning, diaphragmatic breathing, and meditation we can return our bodies to a calm and grounded state. By relaxing our body, we can then encourage our thoughts to follow suit. 

We recognize that we are complex human beings with multiple “parts” that make us who we are. And it’s when we acknowledge and separate them that we start to bring more compassion, understanding, and space to heal ourselves. Becoming a parent adds more areas to uncover and explore in our journey toward healing.

We believe that you are the expert in your life and that you have everything you need to overcome your postpartum mental health struggles. Our job is to give you the tools and strategies to harness those strengths effectively, empowering you on your path to healing and well-being.

Postpartum depression and anxiety are treatable. You don’t have to do this alone.

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Megan Richert, LCSW, PMH-C | Founder & Clinical Director

Lindsey Beck, AMFT | BLOOM Associate Therapist

About Us

Why Choose Bloom Maternal Therapy

Because we are mothers too.

At BLOOM, we are more than just therapists. We genuinely understand the ups and downs of motherhood and the value of evidence-based care. We are here to provide the tools, support, and empowerment you need to find your footing and feel grounded through all the phases of this life adventure.

BLOOM Maternal Therapy was founded on deeply personal insights into the challenges of adjusting to motherhood, to make sure that no woman ever wonders, “Where is the support for me?”

Let us be your emotional sanctuary; your healing space; your place to let it all out – judgment-free – during this beautiful, chaotic, amazing journey.

We Value

Compassion

Motherhood is a journey with unique twists and turns for everyone. In our warm, comfortable space, your stories and feelings are met with understanding and compassion. Every mother’s experience is valid, and at BLOOM, you’re always heard.

Collaboration

We believe you know your life best. That’s why our therapy isn’t just about guidance – it’s a partnership. You lead the way, sharing what feels right for you, and together, we walk the path forward. Our goal is to empower you with the tools and strategies you need to live your best life.

Curiosity

Every mom’s story is unique, and we dive in with genuine curiosity, eager to understand your feelings and needs. We value consistent growth, both personally and professionally, so that we are always bringing the newest, most effective approaches to our sessions.

Our Team

Therapists who specialize in therapy for postpartum depression

Our Approach

How Our Therapy Works

Motherhood is a deeply personal journey, and finding the right path means discovering what truly resonates with you, your family, and your partner.

We Get To Know You
You know your life best, and by identifying the areas where you need the most support, we can build a personalized treatment plan.
We Create A Plan
In order to help you feel better as fast as possible, we work collaboratively to build a treatment plan that aligns with your goals.
We Help You Move Forward
We meet regularly, for as long as you need to help you create the life that works for you and your family.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if I have the baby blues?

The “baby blues” are a very common feeling affecting 70-80% of new mothers during the first 2-3 weeks postpartum. Symptoms of the “baby blues” include mood swings, tearfulness, irritability, anxiety, sadness, restlessness, and difficulty sleeping.

The symptoms are thought to be caused by hormonal shifts, acute sleep deprivation, and an intense adjustment period. The symptoms normally reside on their own after the 2-3 week period with no further treatment needed.

Postpartum depression occurs in 1 in 5 women and can be present anytime during pregnancy (known as prenatal depression) until two years postpartum. The symptoms of Postpartum Depression can include: depressed or sad mood, crying spells, irritability, withdrawal, loss of appetite, inability to sleep or sleeping too much, lack of energy, lack of interest in activities you used to enjoy, feelings of shame or guilt, hopelessness, and the inability to think clearly or concentrate. In some cases thoughts of harming your baby or yourself are also present.  

Postpartum Depression is a serious condition that does not resolve on its own. With the right support – likely a combination of perinatal therapy and medication – postpartum depression symptoms can be managed while care is provided to heal and move forward.  

Postpartum Anxiety occurs in 1 in 5 women and can occur during pregnancy (known as prenatal anxiety) until two years postpartum.

The symptoms of Postpartum Anxiety are excessive worry, racing thoughts, inability to sleep at night when your baby is asleep, intrusive thoughts about harm coming to your baby, change in appetite, difficulty focusing or forgetfulness, feeling on edge, irritability, and an inability to relax.

Postpartum Anxiety is a condition that can be resolved with treatment; typically through a combination of perinatal therapy and medication.

The short answer is not necessarily but maybe. It will be up to you and your BLOOM therapist to decide if an evaluation by an OBGYN, Primary Care Physician or Psychiatrist is necessary to explore medication options for your treatment of PPD or PPA.

Oftentimes, perinatal therapy alone can be effective in treating your symptoms. However, sometimes medication is needed and has proven to be very helpful in alleviating symptoms of PPD and PPA. It is always your choice whether or not to pursue medication options for your treatment.

A Perinatal Mental Health trained therapist has taken the 3 day training with Postpartum Support International and is working towards the two years experience needed to become certified in PMH-C.

As Perinatal Mental Health therapists, we realize that perinatal mental health challenges are not the same as general anxiety, depression or adjustment challenges. We also have a greater understanding of the female body, reproductive system, common pregnancy ailments, birthing experiences, and mental, emotional and physical challenges in postpartum.

All BLOOM Therapists are Perinatal Mental Health trained and bring a level of experience and understanding that is unique to your specific perinatal needs.

Postpartum Therapy in Pismo Beach & Across California

Feeling better is the best possible outcome

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Every woman is different and comes to us with different challenges. Because of this, we can’t guarantee specific results or timeline.

However, with consistency and commitment, you may notice positive changes such as:

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*If you are in need of immediate mental health assistance, call 911, your primary doctor, or call the SLO County Mental Health Line at 1-800-838-1381.*

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Postpartum psychosis occurs in 1 to 4 out of every 1,000 births, with symptoms of confusion, hallucinations, and/or rapid mood swings. Postpartum psychosis is a medical emergency. If you are experiencing thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby, go to the ER or CALL YOUR DOCTOR immediately.
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