What is it about?

A new group therapy for postpartum anxiety and depression helps mothers better accept and regulate their feelings, including mixed feelings towards their children. Participants who completed the group had more self-compassion, and less anxiety, depression and guilt.

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Why is it important?

Psychotherapy to help mothers with postpartum anxiety and depression have not been widely developed. This therapy is unique in that it focuses on how to help mothers better accept and regulate all of the complex feelings that motherhood entails.


I hope that this article helps to decrease some of the stigma surrounding mothers having mixed towards their children. While this is a common, natural experience for most mothers, many mothers feel bad about having these feelings. In our group therapy we aimed to normalize this experience so that mothers can be more accepting and compassionate towards themselves.

Deborah Pollack
Utica University

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This page is a summary of: The holding space: An experiential–dynamic group therapy for mothers with postpartum anxiety and depression., Group Dynamics Theory Research and Practice, October 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/gdn0000205.
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