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)

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)

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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What Are PMADs?

PMADs have the following symptoms: insomnia, loss of appetite, nervousness/hypervigilance, frightening and/or suicidal thoughts, escape fantasies, feelings of worthlessness, anger, guilt, sadness/crying, grief, hopelessness, agitation, inability to concentrate, joylessness, sleeplessness/restlessness, appetite changes. You may experience one or some of these symptoms over a period of time.

Founded in 2006, Molly Coffin and Chris Lindsay-Abaire co-created the peer support they needed in their community. In Spring of 2014, Brooklyn PPD Support was joined by Melissa Paschke, LCSW. Melissa has been practicing medical social work since 1994. She is also a mother of two boys and a 500 hour+ certified yoga teacher. Melissa offers individual, partner and group therapies, crisis intervention, family support, health/wellness counseling, and yoga for the pre-natal and postpartum woman. She 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 and partner therapy.

See Melissa on Psychology Today:

What is Brooklyn PPD Support?

If you are a pregnant or post-partum woman experiencing Stress, Depression, Anxiety, and/or other mood challenges, you are welcome to join this group. It is advised that you also reach out to your medical provider to be assessed for any psychopharmacological needs. Group can also be used as a complement to any private psychotherapy you may be receiving, or you may inquire about private therapy with Melissa Paschke, LCSW, in addition to Brooklyn PPD Support Groups.

Brooklyn PPD Support is currently offering groups by Zoom, as per COVID-19 restrictions. There is a suggested fee of $40 to attend. It is the primary intention of Brooklyn PPD Support to remove as many barriers to participation as possible, so if fees are preventing you from attending, please reach out to Melissa. You are encouraged to attend as many meetings as you wish. This is a closed group; Only women experiencing symptoms of PMADs will be allowed to participate. Graduate students, researchers and well-meaning partners may not sit in on meetings.

Emotional support from empathic listeners is one key part of expediting a woman's recovery from PMADs. This offering is a safe, confidential, nonjudgmental environment where women can share their experiences. Women in all stages of stress, illness and recovery are welcome. If you aren't sure or formally diagnosed with a PMAD, you are welcome. You are also welcome if your child is older, but you relate to the stressors described. We are women helping women to share, witness and support each others' experiences. This is a professionally facilitated group led by a licensed clinical social worker who will also offer appropriate referrals for any additional treatment or supportive services that may be needed.

Postpartum Support International's Universal Message:

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