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Let’s Talk - All About Therapy

posted Apr 28, 2014, 7:38 AM by AndrewandSarah Witzel

Talk therapy (also referred to as counseling or psychotherapy) is an important part of treatment for perinatal mood disorders. There are many ways to access therapy, making it a valid option for any woman struggling with mental health issues. Partners and family may also benefit from participating.

What kinds of therapy are available? Counseling is available in individual, couple, or group sessions, depending on your needs and preferences. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps you modify your thoughts and behaviors to help with your moods, and builds coping skills. Interpersonal therapy focuses on the relationships in your life. A variety of health professionals can provide therapy, including social workers, nurses, and psychologists.

What does it cost? If you are accessing counseling or group support through public health (in Canada) it will be paid for by your provincial health coverage. Seeing a private counselor is not free, but can be affordable. Some therapists offer a “sliding scale” fee payment. This means that what they charge is relative to your own income ie. a person who makes more money would be charged more than someone who makes less. You or your partner may have some coverage available through work benefits. Some employers even offer free and confidential counseling through their employee and family assistance programs.

How do I find it? You can ask your doctor or public health nurse for a referral for publicly funded therapy. Support groups may also be found outside of the health region setting. Private therapists do not usually require a referral, and can be found through personal recommendations or business listings. If you live in an area without these resources, or are not otherwise able to access them, some support can be found online. PMDA offers an online support group via Facebook. Online cognitive behavioral therapy modules are available for free online at, an independant resource developed by the Austrailian National University.