Postpartum Group Therapy in Baltimore


The Afterglow: Postpartum Depression & Anxiety Therapeutic Support Group

The Afterglow is a therapeutic group offering support and treatment for women experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety after having a baby. Groups of up to 10 moms meet virtually with a Licensed Therapist who guides the group over 6 weeks of sessions, with take home reflections.

Research shows that 80% of Moms experience the "Baby Blues", while 20% of new Moms experience Postpartum Depression or Anxiety Disorders.


Becoming a Mom for the first time is a complete body and mind transition that society rarely speaks of. 


The reality of Motherhood can often look very different from what was expected.  


While most new Moms experience the "Baby Blues", such as rapidly changing moods, tearfulness and overwhelm for the first couple of weeks after giving birth, symptoms that persist past the first two weeks postpartum could be a sign of something more serious.

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression & Anxiety can include:

  • Sadness

  • Crying spells

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Appetite disturbances

  • Irritability, anger or rage

  • Guilt or shame

  • Hopelessness or helplessness

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Difficulty connecting with your baby

  • Constant worry

  • Feeling that something bad is about to happen

  • Racing thoughts

  • Restlessness

  • Dizziness, hot flashes, nausea

  • Thoughts of harming self or others

Join us for Group Therapy in Baltimore with The Afterglow Group!

The Afterglow group is a safe and therapeutic space connecting Moms on the shared experiences of Motherhood, while diving deeply through topics, such as, identity transition, self-care and relationships, coping strategies, and ways to support the bond between you and your new baby.  

  • Group meets once weekly for 6 weeks - now remotely!

  • Facilitated by Lauren Marks, LCSW-C & Megan McLaughlin, Licensed Mental Health Therapists specializing in Perinatal Mood Disorders.

  • Topics include: Identity transition, postpartum anxiety/depression, self-care, coping skills, relationships, etc.

  • Weekly emails, and additional information resources provided.

  • Cost is $240 for all 6 sessions.

  • Cigna, Aetna & BCBS insurances accepted.

  • While this groups is designed for those in the first year of Motherhood, it is also beneficial to those who are pregnant, or up to several years after birth if symptoms have never been adequately addressed.

  • Optional Group 'After the Afterglow' allows you to connect to women in your group for months to come

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Afterglow Therapy Group


Review for The Afterglow​ Group


"Afterglow Alumni here 🙋🏻‍♀️. If you’re considering this even a little- go for it! It’s so worth it. It was exactly what I needed during my maternity leave and I still utilize what I learned." - Brianna

Licensed Mental Health Therapists facilitate the Afterglow Group

"The journey to and through parenthood can open old wounds and create new ones. I believe people have the ability to heal these wounds and access the strength and confidence within themselves to become who they long to be."

Read more about Megan.

"I am here to support you on your journey of parenthood, or wherever you may be in that process. My goal is to help you recognize and use the strength and expertise that exists within you."

Read more about Lauren.

Contact Lauren Marks, LCSW-C or Megan McLaughlin, LCSW-C

to determine if this is the right group for you!

For Afterglow Alumni:

After the Afterglow Group

Going through a therapy support group like The Afterglow connects you to people going through common struggles and with similar goals. It is a great place to make friends and build community.


Now you can join us for an additional support group, 'After the Afterglow'. We meet weekly for an hour to catch up, share what we're learning, and support each other through life.


You can join 'After the Afterglow' once you've completed an Afterglow Therapy Group. It is only $59 for 6 weeks of virtual group sessions.

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