Monday, November 24, 2008

Next Meeting

We are pleased to announce that Brooklyn PPD Support's twice-monthly support groups are resuming in December at a new location.  We are grateful to the folks at Everyday Athlete's Everyday Family Center in Carroll Gardens for offering to host our group at their studio.  We're honored to help further the Center's mission of offering families "a community that will give you the necessary tools for emotional support and empowerment as well as tools to improve your physical strength, balance, and stamina in order to maintain an active and healthy pregnancy, postpartum recovery, and everyday life."

The next two meetings will be on Tuesday, December 2 and Tuesday, December 16 at 7 pm.  Everyday Athlete is located at 136 Union Street between Hicks and Columbia (www.everydayathletestudio.com).  The meetings are free, confidential, and babies are welcome, but rsvp is required.  Please call Chris at 917.771.6359 to rsvp or for more information.  Alternately, feel free to contact Molly at mollyatperyerdotorg.

We look forward to seeing you.

Molly and Chris  

Monday, November 10, 2008

Status Update

The Brooklyn PPD Support Group is currently in the process of trying to find a new home for our meetings.  Please bear with us while we firm up the details of our new location.  We hope to have a group scheduled to take place within the next few weeks.  If you would like to be notified about when the next meeting will occur, please join our mailing list.  In the meantime, please contact Chris (motherthemother.chris at yahoo.com ; 917.771.6359) or Molly (molly at peryer.org ; 917.549.6012) with questions about our organization or for phone support.
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. They both made full recoveries. PMADs have the following symptoms: insomnia, loss of appetite, nervousness/hypervigilance, suicidal thoughts, escape fantasies, feelings of worthlessness, anger, guilt, sadness, grief, hopelessness, agitation, inability to concentrate, joylessness. You may experience one or some of these symptoms over a period of time.

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 offers individual, partner and group therapy, crisis intervention, family support, health and 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 therapy.

See Melissa on Psychology Today: https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_detail.php?profid=293007&search=11231&ref=10&sid=1492869015.7836_3799&zipcode=11231&tr=ResultsName
What We Do

If you are a pregnant or post-partum woman experiencing Stress, Depression, Anxiety, and/or other mood challenges, you are welcome to join our group. We advise 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 Group.

Brooklyn PPD Support is currently offering groups in Manhattan and Brooklyn. 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 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 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 stress, 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.

Postpartum Support International's Universal Message:

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