Maternal Mental Health

Mental Health Groups & Providers Resource List for Parents

If you think that you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health in the midst of their pregnancy or postpartum journey, you are absolutely not alone. 

People might tell you that this ‘should be’ the happiest time in your life, and maybe it is, but it also might be overshadowed with anxiety, depression, or a sense of hopelessness. This happens sometimes, and it’s not your fault. You deserve care and support and you are worth figuring this out. This is treatable. And you are not alone.

To learn more about pregnancy and postpartum mental health, please check out this Western NY Postpartum Connection resource page. This link contains helpful information, assessment surveys, resources, and referral links. In addition, please see the helpful local and national resources listed below.

Over 90% of those who have recently given birth (Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts, by Karen Kleiman) may have scary, intrusive thoughts about their baby and themselves. If you are having thoughts that are scaring you, please talk to your provider or a mental health professional. If you are in imminent danger please go to the nearest emergency room, or call Crisis Services of Monroe County at 211, 585-275-5151, or text 898-211.

Mental Health Providers:

JFL Counseling Services, Jessica Fowler, private and group therapy, private pay and/or super bill for out of network payments

Flower City Therapy, Brittany Masetta, private counseling only, private pay

Maternal Mental Health Counseling of Rochester, Jennifer Gresh, private and group therapy, In-network provider for many insurance co.

Christina Smalley Counseling, Christina Smalley, private and group therapy, private pay

Good Earth Counseling, Susanna Guarino, private counseling only, private pay and/or super bill for out of network payments

Beth Cerrito, PhD, PC, private counseling, In-network provider for many insurance co.

UR Medicine Program for Women’s Mental Health & Wellness

Melissa McCauley, LCSW, PMH-C

Strong Women’s Behavioral Services, Assessment & Counseling

Lindsay Alvut, LMHC, Specialities include Infertility and Perinatal Mental Health, telehealth sessions, Private pay, Optum, United, Oscar, and Aetna insurances

Jennifer Price, LMHC, PMH-C, Individual and group therapy

Mental Health Provider Directories:

Postpartum Resource Center of New York

WNY Postpartum Connection: Listing of Mental Health Providers across the WNY area

Postpartum Support International (PSI), Mental Health Providers across the WNY area

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Resources:

Forget Me Not, Resources & Groups, 585-454-9299,

Star Legacy Foundation, Resources & Groups

Return to Zero: H.O.P.E., Resources, Webinars, Groups

Support Groups:

Beautiful Birth Choices

Breastfeeding Cafe & Parenting Support Group (FB Group and In-person)

Life with Baby (In-person)

VBAC & Cesarean Support (FB Group and In-Person)

The Other Half, A Support Group for Partners

Parenting Village, Parenting Groups under NAMI

Expecting and Adjusting to Parenthood

Raising Babies and Toddlers

Parenting School Age Children

Parenting Tweens and Teens

Jewish Family Services

Mothers and Babies Group

Roc City Baby Cafe

Prenatal Zoom Sessions for Breast/Chest Feeding

Western NY Postpartum Connection, online groups (including fertility)

National Mental Health Resources:

Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Stress Center

Resolve, Virtual Fertility Support Groups

You Have a Village

More Community Resources:

RRH Healthy Moms Program

Healthy Baby Network

Willow Domestic Violence Center, 585-222-7233 (SAFE), 1-800-799-7233 (National Hotline), TTY 1-800-787-3224, Text: “START” to 88788

Warm Line, Affinity Place, Peer Support: 585-563-7470

Rochester Regional Health Crisis Line: 585-368-3950 OR 211

University of Rochester, Mobile Crisis Team: 585-529-3721 or 211

City of Rochester, Person In Crisis (PIC) Team: 211

Peer and Family Support Line, Peer Support: 1-855-778-1300, Family/After-Hours Support: 1-855-778-1200

Center for Youth, 24 Hour Crisis Line: 585-271-7670

Books & Other Resources:

Good Moms have Scary Thoughts” by Karen Kleiman

(Updated 12/15/22)