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.
Groups are open to women during pregnancy or first year postpartum, regardless of where you receive medical care.
Groups are FREE, drop-in, and ongoing; no need to register. No official diagnosis is needed. Babies in arms are welcome.
The UPPS and DOWNS Support Group
Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women’s Center
2275 Health Campus Drive
2nd Thursday 12 noon – 1:00 pm, 4th Thursday 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Shani Armstrong (540) 271-0208 or Tracy Koblish (540) 476-2306
Therapists and Counselors
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 and counselors 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 mom needing help and someone will return your call within 24 hours.
Additional therapists provide online or virtual therapy; learn more HERE.
Amanda Styer, M.S., M.A.
Resident in Counseling
70 North Mason Street, Suite 120
Sliding scale available
Psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners can manage medications and other medical concerns. Providers below have expertise in working with new and pregnant mothers.
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. PSVa staff can also help find resources; call (703) 829-7152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.