Therapy and the Postpartum Woman

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-07-24
  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE

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This bookprovides a comprehensive look at effective therapy for postpartum depression. Using a blend of professional objectivity, evidence-based research, and personal, straight-forward suggestions gathered from years of experience, this book brings the reader into the private world of therapy with the postpartum woman. Based on Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioral theories, and on D.W. Winnicott's "good-enough mother" and the "holding environment" in particular, the book is written by a therapist who has specialized in the treatment of postpartum depression for over 20 years. Therapy and the Postpartum Woman will serve as a companion tool for clinicians and the women they treat.

Author Biography

Karen Kleiman, MSW, author of This Isn't What I Expected, The Postpartum Husband, and What Am I Thinking? founded The Postpartum Stress Center where she provides treatment for prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety

Table of Contents

The Authorp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
The Framework: Women, Babies, and Therapy
Masquerade: Clinical Profilep. 3
Everything Gets in the Way: Resistance
Don't Call It Therapy: Reframingp. 21
Anatomy of a Postpartum Depression Therapistp. 27
The Holding Environmentp. 37
Making a Diagnosisp. 45
The Voice of Depressionp. 55
Therapeutic Models for Women at Rickp. 63
Perfectly Postpartump. 71
The Tools: Doing What Works
The Phone Call: Initial Assessmentp. 81
First Things Firstp. 87
Asking the Right Questions: Screeningp. 97
Listening to Symptoms: Assessmentp. 107
Collaborationp. 115
Sharing the Sessionp. 119
Medication: Clinician's Perspectivep. 125
Medication: Client's Perspectivep. 135
Alternative Therapiesp. 141
The Work: Clinical Challenges
Scary thoughtsp. 155
Help-Resistant Complainerp. 163
A Good Girlp. 171
Breastfeeding to Deathp. 181
Countertransference: When Is Yours Mine?p. 187
Sleeplessnessp. 193
The Married Statep. 201
Bondingp. 211
Suicidal Thoughtsp. 219
Psychosisp. 225
Motherselfp. 233
Prevention?p. 239
Burnout, Boundaries, and Other Pitfallsp. 247
The Healing
The Umbilical Factorp. 255
The Braceletp. 261
Therapy Exposedp. 267
Finding the Power to Healp. 273
Recovery Revealedp. 283
The Search for Meaningp. 291
The Quintessential Motherp. 297
Appendicesp. 301
Our Postpartum Pactp. 301
PPSC Suicide Assessment for a Positive EPDS Screenp. 306
PPSC Symptom Listp. 308
PPSC Initial Session Instructional Padp. 310
PPSC Phone Assessmentp. 311
Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)p. 312
Referencesp. 315
Indexp. 327
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