Thursday, July 07, 2016

Change at Brooklyn PPD Support

As some of you know already, I will be moving to Seattle next month.  I’m so excited about living in the Pacific Northwest and really looking forward to creating something of a post-stay-at-home-mom career in social work out there.  I will miss NYC, of course, and especially the wonderful moms and neighbors who have generously, thoughtfully, and patiently been my support network here since my first son was born 11 years ago. 

Melissa Paschke will be taking over as Brooklyn PPD Support’s head honcho beginning next month. She is an experienced, capable LCSW and also the mother of two boys.  To read her bio, please visit: https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_detail.php?profid=293007&sid=1467908434.964_15452&zipcode=11231&search=11231&tr=ResultsName . 

Melissa will continue to offer the PMAD support group at Families First in Cobble Hill and she will be running bi-monthly groups beginning in September.  Though peer support will continue to be a significant aspect of Melissa’s groups, she will be wearing the professional hat of a clinical social worker, rather than the fellow mama hat I have worn at meetings in the past.  As stated in her bio, she also offers therapy to individuals and couples.

If you would like to continue to receive information about BPPDS, please send Melissa an email at melissapyoga@gmail.com.  You can also “like” us on Facebook. 

Molly

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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