Mental Health Services in Delaware
Starting a family is a stressful event. Even if things go without a hitch, getting pregnant or having a baby can change schedules and routine, intensify responsibilities, and cause roles within the family to evolve into something much greater than they ever were before. Add on to this difficulties getting pregnant, pregnancy complications, birth complications, or postpartum stressors, and its no wonder that perinatal and postpartum mood disorders effect 1 in 7 women (according to the American Psychological Association).
Michelle Reyes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and clinical therapist with over ten years of direct client experience. She received her MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and has worked with families and children for the duration of her career. Prior to moving to Delaware, Michelle interned in the NICU and Mother/Baby Unit at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. She then worked in the Maryland foster care system for six years, coordinating care for medically fragile foster children. Ultimately, Michelle switched to private practice in 2015, and has focused her services on providing support to families experiencing difficulties with fertility, pregnancy, and new parenthood. Patients referred to Michelle for treatment inside of Dedicated to Women will be seen individually as well as in group settings. Treatment will focus on developing coping skills to manage stress and encourage a healthy emotional wellbeing, processing traumatic events, discussing changes in the patient’s socio-economic environment, and assisting with referrals to other community resources. Treatment will be ongoing and will continue throughout the patient’s OB or gynecological care.
It is our goal at Dedicated to Women to provide the connections that women need with professionals and others in the community in order to feel less isolated during the family building process. In doing so, we now offer Individual Therapy and Support Groups for women who are experiencing symptoms of mood disorders, or significant stress stemming from an OBGYN condition or diagnosis. Some examples of situations which would qualify for a mental health consult include:
- Feelings of sadness or anxiety during pregnancy or after birth
- Stress related to a diagnosis of infertility
- History of miscarriage
- Drug use during pregnancy or in the postpartum period
- New diagnosis of an STD
- New diagnosis of a serious gynecological illness