Where to get help

However you’re feeling, remember you’re not alone. If you recognize symptoms of perinatal depression and anxiety, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Moms Mental Health Initiative has screened, spoken to and worked with the following doctors and therapists in the greater Milwaukee area. We trust them, so moms like you can too. Check back often as we’re continually working hard to grow this list of resources so more families can get the healthy start they deserve.

Therapists

Rose Eichenhofer, LCSW, LMFT is licensed as a clinical social worker and a marriage and family therapist. Throughout her 25 years of experience, she has developed a special interest in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in women during their childbearing years. She is an advocate of identifying and treating women with pregnancy or postpartum depression/anxiety, believing that many women suffer unnecessarily when their condition has not been diagnosed. She provides individual and couples therapy in a private practice setting in Mequon, WI.

Katie O’Connor, MS, LPC, ATR, MFT-IT is a licensed counselor, couples and family therapist, and art therapist with over 10 years of experience helping moms. She takes a collaborative and flexible approach to health and wellness. Her practice is solution focused and clients often see improvements quickly. She offers a holistic approach to mental health through the use of mindfulness, creativity, collaboration with other providers, and family as desired. Katie is a member of Postpartum Support International, the American Marriage and Family Therapy Association, and has a Certificate in Perinatal Mood Disorders. Katie provides services at Lumos Wellness located in Glendale, near Bayshore Mall. She can be reached at 414-979-1644, or  koarththerapy@gmail.com

Jan Kwiatkowski, LMFT, is a marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Thiensville, WI. Before becoming a therapist, Jan worked as the Director of Pastoral Care at St. John’s On The Lake with a specialty in grief and bereavement, family conflict, and end of life decision making. Her areas of specialty in her therapy practice include trauma, domestic violence, infant, child and adolescent mental health, and mindfulness practice for all ages. She has a deep understanding of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and the affects of untreated PPD and PPA on moms, children and families.

Abbey Kruper, PsyD received her Doctorate of Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She sees patients at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Froedtert Hospital Campus, as well as within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Kruper focuses specifically on perinatal mental health and psychological aspects of infertility. She sees women attempting conception, struggling with infertility, during pregnancy, or within 6 months postpartum (for initial referral). Abbey also runs a Perinatal Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy group that runs several times throughout the year. It is 8 weeks long and billed to insurance. Call  414-805-7296 to schedule individual or group therapy.

Laura Gertz, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor who sees patients at the Aurora Behavioral Health Center in Franklin, WI. She has more than 10 years of experience in the mental health field treating children, adolescents, and adults. She also has a specialty treating perinatal depression and anxiety and offers an 8-week cognitive-behaviorial group for women suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety. The group focuses on strategies related to challenging irrational thinking as well as behavioral strategies to improve positive coping. Services may be insurance billable. Please contact Laura at 414-529-9181 for a referral to the group. Laura will be out on maternity leave until October of 2017. 

Susan Barbour, Ed.D. is a licensed psychologist and a psychoanalyst helping women with the emotional issues of  pregnancy, miscarriage, and/or postpartum depression and anxiety. She is Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry and Behavior Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The therapy process, with collaboration and continuity becomes a safe and understanding holding environment where moms work on their identity as mother so they can grow individually and in relationship to baby. Dr. Barbour can be reached at the Lighthouse Clinic: 414-964-9200 #215. Her office is located on the east side of Milwaukee.

Gina Yauck, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist who has special interest in working with women during life transition times including infertility, pregnancy and postpartum depression/anxiety and how it affects their marriages and families. She works with adults, couples and adolescents in private practice at Cornerstone Counseling in Glendale, Wisconsin. She can be reached at 262-789-1191 ext. 359.

Emily Aleksy, LCSW is a clinical social worker providing individual and family therapy in a small private practice in Port Washington. She works with people throughout the lifespan but has a special interest in the transition to parenthood. Emily has worked in different roles with families for over ten years and believes in supporting each family in a way that meets their needs. As a mother of three young children herself, she understands the barriers that moms face in getting proper treatment. She has a certificate in perinatal mood disorders from Postpartum Support International. Emily accepts both private and state insurance. She can be reached at Comprehensive Counseling at 262-284-5789. If you need to be seen urgently, please note this when speaking to our receptionist. Emily currently works Mondays and Thursdays, but beginning in the fall she will work Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, including some evening appointments.

Pregnancy and Parenting Support with Catholic Charities offers a home visit education and support program for prenatal and postpartum women. Mental Health Clinicians are also available to provide therapy in the home through this program. All pregnancy and parenting supportive services are free of charge. Therapy services accept state insurance or are available with a sliding fee. Their office is in Milwaukee, WI.

The Family Counseling Clinic at Aurora Family Services provides qualified staff who have extensive training in infant, childhood and family mental health and understand the unique needs and challenges PPD and related illnesses bring to a mom and family. The Family Counseling Clinic accepts most private and public insurances and will work with you to establish a fair and affordable fee. Please contact Ashley Bowers, Supervisor of Clinical Services at 414-342-4560 or ashley.bowers@aurora.org to ask questions or schedule an appointment. Spanish-speaking therapists are also available.

Spanish-Speaking Therapists:

Lisa M. Edwards, Ph.D. is an associate professor in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Marquette University. She currently serves as a volunteer psychologist at Walker’s Point Community Health Clinic, counseling pregnant and postpartum Latinas without health insurance. Dr. Edwards has completed the Maternal Mental Health Professional Certificate Training (Postpartum Support International) and is currently conducting research about Latina perinatal mental health. Pregnant or postpartum Latinas without health insurance (other than Badgercare Plus) can contact Dr. Edwards at (414) 288-1433 for further information about counseling.

Lisa M. Edwards, Ph.D. es profesora asociada de Educación en Consejería y Psicología en Consejería en Marquette University. Actualmente es psicóloga voluntaria en Walker’s Point Community Health Clinic asesorando a Latinas embarazadas o posparto sin seguro médico. La Dra. Edwards ha completado el entrenamiento para obtener su certificado en Salud Mental Maternal (Postpartum Support International) y actualmente está haciendo investigación acerca de la salud mental de Latinas en el periodo perinatal. Latinas embarazadas o posparto sin seguro médico (otro que Badgercare Plus) puede contactar a la Dra. Edwards al (414) 288-1433 para mas información de consejería o asesoramiento.

The Family Counseling Clinic at Aurora Family Services provides qualified staff who have extensive training in infant, childhood and family mental health and understand the unique needs and challenges PPD and related illnesses bring to a mom and family. The Family Counseling Clinic accepts most private and public insurances and will work with you to establish a fair and affordable fee. Please contact Ashley Bowers, Supervisor of Clinical Services at 414-342-4560 or ashley.bowers@aurora.org to ask questions or schedule an appointment. Spanish-speaking therapists are also available.

Psychiatrists/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners 

Christina L. Wichman, DO is a board certified psychiatrist who has clinical and research interests in women’s issues, especially psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She has published and lectured extensively on these topics. She primarily sees patients who are pregnant and up to six months postpartum. Dr. Wichman and her team of residents who she directly supervises see patients at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Froedtert Hospital Campus, as well as within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Milwaukee, WI.

Kathryn Vele, MSN, APNP, PMHNP-BC is a registered nurse and graduated with a MSN from Vanderbilt University’s Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program in 2014. She sees patients at the Aurora Medical Center in Summit, WI where she conducts diagnostic evaluations and medication management. Kathryn’s RN experience was primarily in obstetrics, which inspired her to help women suffering from mental health disorders during and after pregnancy. New patients will need a referral from a doctor within Aurora before being seen by Kathryn.

Internal Medicine/Primary Care

Katherine Burrows, DO is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, and has a special interest in women’s health and the management of chronic adult diseases. She has a deep knowledge of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and treats pregnant and postpartum mothers. Dr. Burrows sees patients at the Columbia St. Mary’s Grafton Medical Center in Grafton, WI.

Tracy Geiger, MD has experience in pediatrics, hospital medicine, urgent care and general practice. He has a growing knowledge of PMADs and understands the complexity of these disorders for both the mom and the family. He offers a unique relationship with your doctor which allows for timely, personalized care provided by phone, email, text, or video chat from wherever you may be. Insurance is not necessary as discounted fees apply when referred through MMHI.

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