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Postpartum Group Therapy in Baltimore

 

The Afterglow: Postpartum Depression & Anxiety Therapeutic Support Group

The Afterglow is a therapeutic group offering support and treatment for people experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety after having a baby. Groups of up to 10 will meet virtually with a Licensed Therapist who guides the group over 8 weeks of sessions, with take home reflections.

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

 

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

 

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

 

While so many 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 birthing parents on the shared experiences of the Postpartum period, 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 8 weeks - now remotely!

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

  • Topics include: Identity transition, birth processing, postpartum anxiety/depression/ocd symptoms, self-care, coping skills, relationships, body image, etc.

  • Weekly emails, and additional information resources provided.

  • Cost is $40/session = $320.

  • Cigna, Aetna & BCBS insurances accepted.

  • While this groups is designed for those in the first year of Parenthood, 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 Afterglow II allows you to connect to others for ongoing support.

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

Facilitated by Licensed Mental Health Therapists 

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"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.

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"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!