Free Guide ToPregnancy & Postpartum Mood Disorders

Are you a mom-to-be or a new mom feeling overwhelmed?

Are you an expectant or new mom feeling overwhelmed or unsure about motherhood? I am here to support and guide you on this transformative journey.

free Guide to pregnancy and postpartum stress, anxiety and depression.

Are you an expectant mother struggling with feelings of depression and anxiety or perhaps a new mother feeling that motherhood is not how you expected it to be?

We’ve all seen the pictures of the glowing new mother holding her newborn baby, who is nursing without difficulty as he drifts off into a peaceful sleep. Although that idyllic representation of motherhood is lovely, it is hardly the norm.

pregnancy anxiety and depression

To begin, many expectant mothers experience significant emotional changes during pregnancy. Many women fear that these feelings may continue or worsen after the birth of their baby. Some women experience very difficult labors and the experience can have a huge effect on how she feels emotionally in the weeks or months afterwards.

Most new moms are sleep deprived, frustrated and overwhelmed by juggling the challenges of a new baby with their other obligations. Some experience irritation toward their partner for not offering more support and most find themselves wishing for more hours in the day.

First, take a deep breath, give yourself some credit for all you do, and recognize that you are not alone. Between 10 – 20 percent of women suffer from pregnancy anxiety and/or depression and one in five mothers report experiencing some level of postpartum depression (PPD).

It is not only PPD that is common, many women experience anxiety, racing thoughts and even intrusive thoughts that harm is going to come to the baby and in more recent years, the has been a greater recognition that these feelings of over-stimulation and overwhelm can lead to feelings of rage.

Having a baby – whether it’s your first or fourth – requires a significant amount of energy and is a major life transition. Although it may not feel like it (mom guilt is rampant) you are most likely doing many more things right than wrong, it’s just that our brains tend to dwell on the negative.

If you are a new mother and recognize any of these symptoms, please know that, with help, postpartum depression and the other, similar disorders, are very treatable. Women can, and do respond well to treatment. You do not need to continue to feel this way.

Remote therapy by Dr. Sarah Allen

By providing therapy remotely throughout Illinois, Florida & UK, by phone or video sessions, I help people access specialist help in the most convenient way. Read more about how remote sessions work Video & Phone Sessions.

I am very passionate about being an advocate for women’s mental health as this time in a woman’s life is when she is most vulnerable. As a mental health counselor with 25 years of clinical experience working with pregnant and postpartum parents, and as the Director of a not-for-profit organization that supports women and their families, I am hoping my knowledge can be of help to you.

When you are feeling overwhelmed it is hard to spend time looking all over the internet for answers so I have written a guide and screening tool that can point you in the right direction.

If you feel that you may be experiencing pregnancy or postpartum mood disorder, or worry that you may be at risk of developing it, please download my free booklets below.

My free booklets

I think my booklet can provide a great starting point but if you are experiencing a lot of symptoms, they just don’t seem to be going away, or if the self-help strategies are just not enough, you may want to think about how therapy with a specialist can help.

In addition to 25 years of working with mothers and families, I have also served 20 years as the director of the Postpartum Alliance of Illinois, a statewide nonprofit organization that provides support to pregnant and postpartum women and their families.

My extensive experience will help you create strategies to cope with feelings of guilt, sadness, anger and anxiety, adjust to the life transitions that baby brings, and balance the needs of your family, relationships, career and most importantly, yourself.

Free Screening Test & Guide To Pregnancy and Postpartum Stress, Anxiety & Depression

If you feel that you may be experiencing pregnancy or postpartum mood disorder, or worry that you may be at risk of developing it, please download my free booklets below.

No two moms experience is the same but everyone can benefit from specialized support.

Warm & Knowledgeable.

I highly recommend Dr. Allen! She is warm and so easy to talk to. She has lots of knowledge about women’s health.

Kathryn Gardner, LCSW

Sarah Transformed Our Family’s Sleep and Sanity

My baby didn’t sleep. She wouldn’t sleep more than a couple of hours at night and no more than 30 minutes during the day. I was completely overwhelmed and my husband and I were at each other’s throats. I was supposed to be going back to work but was barely functioning. Sarah helped us to learn how to get our baby sleeping and then she supported me in my transition back to work. She also helped my husband and I navigate how to share childcare and running the house fairly. She is a very knowledgeable therapist and has really helped us.

Pam. L.

From Overwhelmed to Empowered

When I started seeing Dr. Allen for therapy I felt so overwhelmed and trapped in daily battles with my three children. Thank you so much for all your help. It has really helped me gain a better perspective. I now feel like I am a role model for my children and help them worry less about things by teaching them the tools you taught me.

Margaret R.

Trusted & Knowledgeable Therapist.

When I need to refer any of my patients for talk therapy I immediately think of Dr. Allen as she is wonderful at helping people with severe and complex issues really get to the root of their problems. She is very caring and knowledgeable and I have found her extensive experience really helps people to change their lives for the better.

Dr. Teresa Poprawski

Dr. Allen is an expert in treating perinatal mood disorders.

I refer as many patients as I can to Dr. Allen. She is an expert in treating perinatal mood disorders, and a well-trained and experienced therapist who is committed to working with her clients to develop a treatment plan designed for each individual. She exhibits genuine warmth, kindness and compassion for each of her clients. Dr. Allen has been a colleague of mine for more than 20 years, and I have great confidence when I refer patients to her.

Leslie Lowell Stoutenburg

Overcoming PPD with Dr. Sarah’s Support

When I had my first baby I had what I now know was postpartum depression but I didn’t get any help. It did go away after about 18mths but it was a miserable way to begin motherhood.  When I was pregnant with my second child I started to become depressed again and this time told my OB/GYN how I was feeling and she referred me to Sarah. By starting to deal with how I felt and change the way I was handling the stresses in my life, I was in a much better place when my baby was born. The second time round my PPD was much less severe and didn’t last as long. 

Sarah was also really helpful in teaching me ways to make the transition of becoming a big sister easier for my oldest one too.   My husband came with me for some sessions and that really helped our relationship and we started working on parenting issues together.  Sarah’s counsel and support really helped our family transition to the good place we are all in today.

Sarah C.

If you are thinking about getting counseling and you’d like to talk to someone about the things that are troubling you, I am happy to help.