Therapy options for postpartum depression

Psychologist & Postpartum Specialist Shoshana Bennett, PhD, explains what therapy options are best to help women going through a tough postpartum period
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Therapy options for postpartum depression

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When women are going through a tough postpartum period and she is looking for a therapist. She should look for a therapist who does short term therapy; whether it's cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, dialectical therapy, or a combination of all of them. I tend to be very eclectic in my approach in terms of what a woman needs at any given moment. It's really not appropriate at this time, to go for a therapist who uses the psychoanalytic long-term therapy. When you are going through this postpartum, you are in crisis. You need to learn how to put one foot in front of the other, in order to get yourself back. Short term therapy that can help you with a wellness strategy. A very practical approach is what you want to pick.

Psychologist & Postpartum Specialist Shoshana Bennett, PhD, explains what therapy options are best to help women going through a tough postpartum period

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Shoshana Bennett, PhD

Clinical Psychologist & Postpartum Specialist

Shoshana Bennett, PhD (“Dr. Shosh”) from the popular DrShosh.com Radio Show is the author of Pregnant on Prozac, Postpartum Depression For Dummies, and co-author of Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety.  She is also the creator of the new mobile app PPD Gone.  National TV shows including  20/20, Discovery Channel, The Doctors and The Ricki Lake Show feature Dr. Shosh as the pregnancy and postpartum mood expert and news stations such as CNN consult her. Several publications including the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News have written articles on Dr. Shosh’s work.  She’s interviewed regularly on national radio and has been quoted in dozens of newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, WebMD, Boston Globe, Fit Pregnancy, Glamour, Parenting, Psychology Today, New York Post, Self, Cosmopolitan, and the Chicago Tribune. 

Dr. Shosh is a pioneer in the field.  She is a survivor of two life-threatening postpartum depressions. She founded Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987, and is a former president of Postpartum Support International. Dr. Shosh helped develop the official Postpartum Support International training curriculum for professionals which is now considered the gold standard in the field. She has helped over 19,000 women worldwide through individual consultations, support groups and wellness seminars.  As a noted guest lecturer and keynote speaker, she travels throughout the US and abroad, training medical and mental health professionals to assess and treat postpartum depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. She earned three teaching credentials, two masters degrees, a PhD and is licensed as a clinical psychologist.

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