About this event:
“Beyond Baby Blues: Unique Considerations for Maternal Mental Health,”
presented by Ruth Bryant, LCSW
Sponsor: Jewish Middle School of Nashville
During pregnancy and the postpartum period, women undergo a great deal of physical change, from shifting body shape to fluctuating hormones and much in between. Less often talked about are the mental and emotional challenges that many women experience during this time. Compounded by a postpartum focus on the baby and societal expectations that motherhood should bring on feelings of joy, gratitude, and a superwomanlike can-do attitude, many mothers are left feeling less than and isolated in their struggles.
In this program, we will discuss unique considerations for maternal mental health and related issues including the range of potential struggles, prevalence, and symptoms, as well as practical ideas for assessing and treating this population.
About our Presenter
Ruth Bryant is a licensed clinical social worker (TN license #6798). She is a member of the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute and the National Association of Social Workers and is an adjunct faculty member at The College of Traditional Midwifery in Summertown, Tenn., where she teaches on loss and grief. She has also completed training in attachment- and somatic-based Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) which can be employed to treat trauma and anxiety among other issues. She holds a certificate in maternal mental health from Postpartum Support International and was trained and certified as a birth doula through DONA International.
In her own words:
“My practice is built on my respect for human resiliency: a belief in our ability to live through and move forward from great difficulty and deep hurts. I approach my clients with warmth and curiosity and seek to nurture a holding space that feels safe to address whatever unique concerns you bring. In sessions, I am engaged and accessible, starting with your present concerns and also facilitating interest in your deeper self. Knowing the positive impact of psychotherapy personally, I am passionate about walking alongside others navigating this courageous process.”
“I enjoy working with adults dealing with life transitions, grief and loss, family of origin concerns, relationship issues, trauma, sexuality concerns, body image issues, and anxiety. I also have a special interest in fertility-related struggles, pregnancy and postpartum concerns, difficult or traumatic birth experiences, and the unique emotional and physical toll these experiences can take. In addition, I see individuals and couples who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss as well as those who are coping with children’s difficult medical diagnoses.”
“I practice from a psychodynamic perspective, an approach that is curious about how our past impacts our present, while also employing interventions rooted in cognitive behavioral and interpersonal therapies. Additionally informed by personal experiences with Gestalt therapy and seven-plus years in an ongoing modern analytic training group, my practice is guided by an appreciation for the transformative power of self-exploration with a here-and-now focus. Ultimately, I believe psychotherapy has the ability to positively impact our relationships and help us to be our most whole and authentic selves.”
Scarritt Bennett Center
2nd Floor, Bennett Hall
1008 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212
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