Sunday, August 24, 2014

In Search of a New Meeting Space

Unfortunately, the space Brooklyn PPD Support has been using for meetings for the past year is no longer available to us.  We are currently in the process of trying to find a new place to hold our monthly meetings.  Please let us know if you have office (or office-like) space in Brooklyn that you would be willing to make available to us for 1.5 evening hours each month at no cost.  Our only requirements are that the space is safe and comfortable for new mothers, their babies (infants under a year are welcome to accompany their mothers) and pregnant women, and that it affords a reasonable degree of privacy.  We are hopeful that we will be able to find a new spot soon so that we may have a meeting in September.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact us via phone or email if you are experiencing symptoms and are in need of support. Also, please be sure to join our mailing list if you would like to receive an email notification once we have our next meeting scheduled.

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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. 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