Friday, May 26, 2006

Local Mental Health Practitioners and Other Resources

The following mental health practitioners are experienced in treating PPD and are available for individual psychotherapy and/or psychiatry.

Melissa Paschke, LCSW (social worker)
Brooklyn, NY (Carroll Gardens)
(718) 781-0363 

Psychology Today:

Mechelle Chestnut, MA, MT-BC, LCAT (Licensed Psychotherapist, Board Certified Music Therapist)

Kari Groff-Denis, MD (Psychiatrist)
10 Plaza Street, Suite 1C
Brooklyn, NY (Park Slope)
(646) 469-9209

Beth Halpern, Ph.D. (Psychologist)
Brooklyn (downtown / Brooklyn Heights)

Sarah Hartman, MD (Psychiatrist)
249 Garfield Place, 1st Floor
Brooklyn (Park Slope)

Park Slope Inspired Psychiatry
Ching Yi Lynne Tan, M.D
Brooklyn (Park Slope)

Jennifer Rhodes, MD (psychopharmacology and/or psychotherapy)
26 Court Street, Suite 710
Brooklyn NY 11242

Melanie Schwarz, MD (psychiatrist)
Brooklyn (Park Slope)
372 Fifth Street

Elyse Weiner, MD FAPM (psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology)
Manhattan and Brooklyn (Brooklyn Heights)

The following mental health clinics accept patients with Medicaid. If you do not see a clinic in or near your neighborhood, call 1-(800)LIFENET to speak with an operator who can help you find one.

Bay Ridge Counseling Center / Jewish Board (accepts patients of all faiths and religious backgrounds)
9435 Ridge Blvd (Bay Ridge)

Brooklyn Psychiatric Centers, Inc
clinics located in Williamsburg/Greenpoint, Flatbush/Sheepshead, Canarsie, Bushwick, and Brooklyn Heights

Dyker Heights National Neighborhood Counseling Center
7701 13th Avenue

Park Slope Center for Mental Health
348 13th Street

Psych Inc.
1669 Bedford Avenue (Prospect Heights)

Other Local Resources for Pregnant Women and Mothers

Carriage House Birth ("It Takes a Village" - community support for new and expecting moms)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Megan Hondru (Chiropractor)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Who We Are

Brooklyn PPD Support was started in 2006 by Molly Peryer and Chris Lindsay-Abaire, two moms of young boys who each struggled with Post-Partum Depression and Anxiety. Between them, they experienced insomnia, loss of appetite, nervousness/hypervigilance about their babies, suicidal thoughts, escape fantasies, feelings of worthlessness, anger, guilt, hopelessness, agitation, inability to concentrate, joylessness and other symptoms associated with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). They both made full recoveries.

In Spring of 2014, Brooklyn PPD Support was joined by Melissa Paschke, LCSW. Her intention was to bring a new voice, experience and professional model to the peer support group. Melissa is an LCSW who has been practicing medical social work since 1994. She is also a mother of two boys and a certified yoga instructor. Melissa also offers individual, partner and group counseling, crisis intervention, family support, health and wellness counseling, and yoga for the pre-natal and postpartum mother. Please reach out to Melissa directly for inquiries about individual treatment. Melissa is a graduate of Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work and holds advanced clinical training certificates from the NYU Silver School of Social Work and Seleni Institute.

Please contact Melissa for information about group participation or individual therapy.

See Melissa on Psychology Today:
What We Do

If you are a pregnant or post-partum woman experiencing Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis and/or other mood challenges, you are welcome to join our group. We advise that you also reach out to your medical provider to receive treatment for these mental illnesses. Group can also be used as an adjunct to any private psychotherapy you may be receiving or you may inquire about private therapy with Melissa Paschke in addition to Brooklyn PPD Support Group. The group meets twice monthly, and babies are welcome to join us. There is a suggested fee of $35 to attend. It is our wish to remove as many barriers to treatment as possible, so if childcare or added financial burdens are preventing you from joining, please reach out to Melissa. You are encouraged to attend as many meetings as you wish. Please understand that this is a closed group; only women experiencing symptoms of a perinatal mood disorder will be allowed to participate. Graduate students, researchers and well-meaning friends and partners may not sit in on meetings.

Emotional support from empathic listeners is one key part of expediting a woman's recovery from PMADs. Ours is a safe, confidential, nonjudgmental environment where women can share their experiences. Women in all stages of illness and recovery are welcome. Even if you aren't sure or formally diagnosed with a PMAD, you are welcome. We are here to share, witness and validate each others experiences. We can also facilitate referrals for any additional treatment or supportive services that may be needed.

For more information about the symptoms of and recovery from PMAD please see our section titled "Helpful Websites". We are growing this site and will be adding more educational information, strategies for recovery, and resources for partners, family and friends in the near future.

Postpartum Support International's Universal Message:

You are not alone
This is not your fault
You will feel better