Social Support Groups

New moms often isolated and alone, especially if experiencing anxiety or depression. Peer support groups offer non-judgmental listening, support, and encouragement from others experiencing similar issues. Support group leaders are caring and empathic, and can connect new mothers with additional resources.

Motherhood Support Group

Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
100 Sentara Circle
Building 500 Room 101 Across from Williamsburg OBGYN
2nd & 4th Tuesdays
5:45 – 7:00 pm
Contact Danielle Cauley

Motherhood Support Group

Child Development Resources
150 Point O Woods Road
1st & 3rd Thursday
10:00 – 11:30 am

Breastfeeding Support Group

Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
100 Sentara Circle
Jamestown Conference Room
Mon & Weds
10:00 – 11:30 am

Breastfeeding Support Group

Child Development Resources
150 Point O Woods Road
Fridays 9:30 – 11:30 am

Talk Therapy

New mothers may need to address topics such as their new role, communications with partner, and changes in relationships. Talking with a mental health professional can help put things in perspective, solve problems, and introduce coping skills. Therapy in this timeframe is often short-term, problem-focused and pragmatic. Therapists listed below have all been trained to work with new and pregnant mothers. Most therapists do not have administrative staff; please leave a message saying that you are a new/pregnant mother and someone will return your call within 24 hours.

Keri Willis-Higgons, LPC 
1101 Professional Drive
(757) 344-1701
Learn more HERE
Danielle Cauley, LPC

1158 Professional Drive
Suite N
(757) 209-2062

Brittany Stroup, LPC

1101 Professional Drive, Suite C
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(404) 245-9112

Danielle Ackerman, LCSW

2225 South Henry Street, L-2
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 585-4071

Susanna Owens, PhD

352 McLaws Circle, Suite 3
(757) 870-2266

Online and Virtual Support

There are many other options for support, including online support groups and therapists who provide virtual therapy, safe and secure in your own home.  Click HERE for more information.  And PSVa volunteers can help; call (703) 829-7152 or email

Williamsburg Maternal Mental Health Coalition

In January 2017, PSVa partnered with Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center (SWRMC) to host the Greater Williamsburg Maternal Mental Health Coalition to create a community-wide comprehensive coordinated approach to addressing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). The Coalition was comprised of all stakeholders with touchpoints with women during pregnancy and first year postpartum, including maternal-child healthcare providers, birth and postpartum professionals, and mental health providers.

The Coalition met monthly (January – June 2017) and created a plan to educate, screen, and treat all childbearing women in Greater Williamsburg for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.   Coalition members continue to meet quarterly.

Funding for The Coalition’s efforts was provided by the Williamsburg Health Foundation, the Williamsburg Community Foundation, the Rotary Club of Williamsburg, and the Junior Women’s Club of Williamsburg.

PSVa Personnel in Williamsburg

Danielle Cauley, LPC

Danielle Cauley, LPC, is PSVa’s Williamsburg Coordinator. Danielle is both a PMAD survivor and a licensed professional counselor specializing in women’s reproductive mental health.  Danielle is PSVa’s primary point of contact in Williamsburg, where she leads a twice-monthly support group, provides outreach and education to local providers, interfaces with community members, and coordinates the Greater Williamsburg Maternal Mental Health Coalition. Danielle lives in Williamsburg with her husband and toddler daughter.


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