Authentic Suffering: The Missing Link?

A CAUTIONARY NOTE TO THERAPISTS WHO THINK THEY CAN/SHOULD TREAT PREGNANT AND POSTPARTUM WOMEN IN DISTRESS WITHOUT SPECIALIZED TRAINING This past weekend, I was fortunate to speak at Postpartum Support International’s (PSI) annual conference, whose clear and inspirational mission is posted on their website: “The mission of Postpartum Support International is to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of […]

Therapy and the Postpartum Woman: INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALIAN EDITION

Guarire dalla depressione postpartum. Indicazioni cliniche e psicoterapia INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALIAN EDITION With my deepest gratitude, I post the translation of the introduction to the Italian edition of: Therapy and the Postpartum Woman by Pietro Grussu and eRosa Maria Quatraro: Fourteen years have passed since the Editorial Collection “Psicologia della Maternità” (Psychology of Motherhood) […]

Suicide is a Scary Word

Suicide is a scary word and if you work in the mental health field it is a word that conjures up panic in the hearts of dedicated professionals who are trying hard to support, enlighten, inform and protect individuals who might be tormented or tempted by the distorted lure of an end to their suffering. […]

PREFACE

My clients have gotten so much younger. Not so long ago we were all the same age. We were comrades in parallel worlds, raising our babies together, in a manner of speaking, navigating the ebbs and flows of new motherhood. I would observe through a therapeutic lens, and later reflect on the relevance to my […]

Announcing the Expansion of our Advanced Clinical Training Program!

We are excited to announce modifications to the PPSC training program for clincians who specialize in the treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Effective 2017, our premier 10hr training program will be 12 hours, adding two (2) hours of advanced clinical practice, focusing on Karen Kleiman’s Holding techniques. We have incorporated additional time for intensive clinical study […]

How Can I Help You?

How can I Help You? Finding and using your best self  Psychology Today Post published 10/27/14 I do not make my bed every morning. In fact, at the risk of alienating a large majority of my clients and colleagues, I admit I hate to make my bed unless I’m having company over. Even then, I resent […]

Professional Training Update

The good news is that our professional training class continues to appeal to clinicians all over the country and beyond the U.S The not-so-good news is that we are filling up fast. We have added an additional class in April to accommodate as many clinicians as we can. Here’s the current breakdown as of today: […]

Clinician Note: What Postpartum Women Need

What are postpartum women looking for when they come to therapy? Simply put they are seeking compassion, information, support, reassurance, validation, expertise and guidance. Your capacity to provide some of these without all of these will not sufficiently address the issue at hand as these concepts are inextricably entwined.  You cannot effectively validate without support.  […]

Postpartum Women in Therapy: Are you up to the task?

Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be a mother. When I was a young girl, my favorite pastime was playing house and of course I was the perfect mother. I held my sweet doll tightly to my chest and promised her a lifetime of whatever she wanted.  I leaned against the giant Oak […]

Postpartum Depression Training Program – Role Play

An Inspiring Weekend

We had a great training this weekend! Clinicians from Chicago, South Carolina, New York, and Florida gathered to share their expertise and passions. It’s always so inspiring to be a part of this work in progress and listen to the exchange of exciting plans and projects. Thank you again, Jane, Melinda, Jill, MaryBeth, Brittany, Suzanne […]

The Work We Do…

There just isn’t enough time. Participants in our post-graduate training program will hear me utter those words at the beginning of each training, and again, throughout the training, probably at least 30-50 times! There just isn’t enough time to cover everything we need to cover. There isn’t enough time to address all of your questions. […]

Jessica Zucker, PhD – Works Well!

PPD Expert Clinician Recognition of Achievement   Dr. Jessica Zucker is a clinical psychologist specializing in women’s health with a focus on perinatal and postpartum mood disorders, transitions in motherhood, and early parent-child attachment.  Earning a Master’s degree at New York University in Public Health with a focus on international reproductive issues led to working […]

Valerie McManus, LCSW – Works Well!

PPSC Expert PPD Clinician Recognition of Achievement   Valerie McManus, LCSW, is our premier PPD Expert! We are launching our “PPD Expert Clinician: Recognition of Achievement” with two purposes in mind. First, we would like all postpartum women to know that there are specially trained, PPD experts who are incredibly passionate about their work and […]

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