3 Ways a Therapist Can Help with Perinatal Mental Health

Perinatal & Postpartum, Keri Sawyer

The arrival of your little bundle of joy brings so much excitement and love into your life. But, It also comes with significant changes and challenges. From sleepless nights to fluctuating hormones, the early days of motherhood can feel overwhelming.

During the perinatal period, which includes pregnancy and the year after childbirth, many women experience mood disorders such as postpartum depression and anxiety. These conditions can have a profound impact on both moms and their babies.

That’s where therapy comes in.

I’m Keri Sawyer, owner of Bloom Child Therapists, and in this article, we’ll explore how therapy can help you navigate this transformative time and ensure your mental well-being.

1. A Therapist Provides Emotional Support

Managing the daily emotional challenges of motherhood can be overwhelming. A therapist serves as a compassionate support system, offering a listening ear, validating your experiences, and guiding you with effective coping strategies.

They create a safe and non-judgmental space where you can freely express your emotions and help you navigate the rollercoaster of motherhood.

2. A Therapist Can Help You Identify & Manage Symptoms


Sometimes, it can be challenging to differentiate between typical stress and the symptoms of a mood disorder during the perinatal period. A highly skilled therapist can assist you in recognizing the signs of perinatal depression or anxiety and offer suitable interventions.

They collaborate with you to develop effective coping mechanisms, enhance resilience, and effectively manage symptoms. For example, they may provide strategies for self-care and support in building a strong support network.


3. A Therapist Can Support the Bonding Process with Your Baby


Perinatal mental health not only affects the mother but also has an impact on the baby’s development. A therapist can assist you in nurturing a strong bond with your little one, even during challenging times.

They provide valuable guidance on various techniques, including infant massage, interactive playtime, and engaging activities that promote healthy attachment between you and your baby. For instance, they might teach you specific massage strokes to help soothe and connect with your baby, suggest fun and stimulating games to encourage bonding, and offer ideas for interactive activities that promote emotional connection and development.


Remember that seeking therapy for perinatal mental health is a sign of strength, not weakness. It’s an investment in your well-being and the well-being of your baby. With the guidance and support of a therapist, you can navigate this incredible journey with confidence, resilience, and joy.

And, if you’re struggling with perinatal mental health, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and schedule an appointment. The path to healing, growth, and self-discovery begins with taking that first step. You deserve to enjoy this beautiful and transformative phase of life to the fullest.