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.

Olivia Bergeron, LCSW (Social Worker)
Manhattan & Brooklyn (Park Slope)

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)

Alice Kaltman, LCSW (Social Worker)

Ellen Krug, MSW, LCS (Social Worker)
Brooklyn (Park Slope)

Pam Leck (Psychologist)
Manhattan & Brooklyn

Flora Margolis, LCSW (Social Worker)
Brooklyn (Cobble Hill)
Cobble Hill Counseling

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

Jill Plevan, LAc, LCSW (Acupuncturist and Social Worker)

Manhattan (East Village) & Brooklyn (Park Slope)

Eileen Rahmey, LCSW (Social Worker)
Manhattan & Brooklyn (Park Slope)

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

Lois Rose, Ph.D
Brooklyn (downtown / Brooklyn Heights)

Jennifer F. Saba, Ph.D
Brooklyn (Park Slope)
583 Fifth Street

Maura Sheehy, LCSW (social worker)
Brooklyn (Carroll Gardens)
401 Court Street

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

Lisette Soini, LCAT, LMSW (social worker and art therapist)
In network for HealthFirst, willing to accept payment on a sliding scale
Brooklyn (Williamsburg)
153 Roebling Street

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

Sara Zaslow, LMSW (Social Worker)
Available for home visits in Brooklyn or office visits at Family Matters NY in Manhattan: 
212. 330.7450
270 Lafayette Street, Suite 607
New York, N.Y. 10012

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 postpartum depression and anxiety. Between us we experienced insomnia, loss of appetite, over-concern about our babies, suicidal thoughts, escape fantasies, hospitalization, feelings of worthlessness, anger, guilt, and hopelessness, agitation, the inability to concentrate, and other symptoms associated with postpartum mood disorders, and we both made full recoveries.

Molly has a B.A. in anthropology from Barnard College and a master of social work degree from Southern Connecticut State University, where she conducted research on peer support and co-led psychoeducational groups.

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 joined Brooklyn PPD Support in 2015 to offer individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, family support, health and wellness counseling, and yoga for the prenatal and postpartum mother.

Chris has been a phone volunteer through Depression After Delivery and The Postpartum Resource Center of NY since 2002 and is a postpartum doula with the Brooklyn-based Birth Day Presence.

What We Do

We established a peer support group in Brooklyn in 2006 as a place where pregnant and postpartum women can get support if they think they are at risk for PPD, are experiencing symptoms and need further help and resources, or are in the care of a therapist and want to attend the group as part of their treatment plan. The group is free, meets monthly, and babies are welcome to join us. Women are encouraged to attend for as many meetings as they feel the group is helpful, whether once for information or monthly for ongoing support. Please note that the function of this group is to provide a forum for the exchange of peer support. It does not replace care provided by a licensed mental health practitioner. 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 empathetic listeners is one key part of expediting a woman's recovery from PPD. A support group might be the only place a mom feels safe to share her feelings without being judged or gossiped about, as it is private and confidential. Women in the group share and validate each others experiences, and women further along in the recovery process set an example of wellness and hope to those moms in despair.

For more information about the symptoms of and recovery from postpartum depression 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