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Bethany (Beth) has a passion for women’s reproductive and health issues and has worked in this field for over 17 years. She specializes in Postpartum Mood Disorders, working with couples struggling with pregnancy loss, infertility or facing adoption or surrogacy. She is passionate about coaching and guiding parents through their adjustment to their new roles and helping couples develop their solid identities as parents. Additionally, she assists women recovering from birth trauma and families who have children with medical and other health-related issues. Beth is also passionate about working with clients experiencing grief, new or chronic medical issues, and mood disorders in addition to other life stressors and transitions.
Beth has worked at Scripps and Kaiser in both hospital and outpatient psychiatric settings and is now in a group private practice. She enjoys facilitating group therapy and has lead postpartum depression support groups for new mothers and currently leads a psycho-education group for people dealing with anxiety. She also enjoys being active in the community, and has volunteered on the Postpartum Health Alliance Board and other community organizations promoting and supporting women’s health and mental illness. Beth strongly believes in empowering her clients by teaching them useful techniques and tools so that they can become more resilient and healthy in their interactions with others and in their everyday lives.
Beth is an adjunct professor at a local University and supervises clinicians working towards their licenses as teaching others in the same field is a passion of hers. Beth received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Colorado State University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Diego State University.
Episodes for this expert
Postpartum anxiety is a common condition that is often overlooked because of the belief that new mothers are just naturally anxious. So, what are the symptoms and how does it differ from other postpartum mood disorders?
Being a parent inevitably involves sacrifice. There less money, less sleep, and less time for yourself. As a mother, finding time to care for yourself is essential but can seem like an impossible task. Not only may it seem impractical, but it may even feel selfish. How can you find the time and energy to help yourself so you can care for your children? How do you overcome guilty feelings of putting yourself before the needs of others?
Many people think mood disorders, such as postpartum depression, must begin immediately after having your baby. But that’s simply not true. Delayed postpartum depression can occur 18 months after birth or later depending on hormonal changes within the mother’s body. So, would you know if you’re experiencing delayed PPD or if something else is wrong? Today we’re looking at the main symptoms that when left untreated, can even impact future pregnancies.