Member support resources - Postpartum depression

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Support groups/clinics

Postpartum Depression Support Group
This is the group that existed through CPMC for years; it has moved location and shifted in its facilitation.
Facilitated by Ceres Rutan, PsyD
Time: Tuesdays 11:30-12:30
Place: 2482 Sutter (Divisadero & Broderick)
Contact: Dr. Rutan: (415) 820-1585

CPMC Perinatal Health and Wellness Program

CPMC Mental Health Clinic
For people who cannot afford private psychiatry and want an evaluation for medication, CPMC has a mental health clinic that accepts payment on a sliding scale.
(415) 600-3247.

UCSF Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Assessment Clinic
This clinic is cutting edge in terms of psychiatric medication and research. For those women receiving medical care through this hospital, this is a great starting point. They do not provide treatment, but they do assess for anxiety and depression and then provide referrals and treatment suggestions.
(415) 353-2566

The "Afterglow" is a postpartum support group for new moms with babies anywhere between the ages of 0-6 months. A 6-week series, this group deeply covers some of the most poignant topics that arise for women during the postpartum period. While we will cover a range of therapeutic topics and teach some therapeutic tools for self-care and stress management, this is not a therapy group.

6 week program, Wednesdays 11:30-1 at UCSF Osher Center 1545 Divisadero


  1. Dr. Juli Fraga– **GGMG Member**
    2409 Sacramento St, Suite 2
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    (415) 310-1420
    Psychologist specializing in the treatment of PPD/post-partum mood disorders. She co-facilitates a PPD support group at UCSF through the great expectations pregnancy program. She accepts insurance (Anthem Blue Cross and Aetna) and is also on the national board of postpartum support international.

  2. Ceres Rutan, PsyD (415) 820-1585 and Joanna Adler, PsyD (415) 820-1580
    Two psychologists in San Francisco specializing in working with women suffering from prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety.

    • Joanna Foote Adler
      2482 Sutter St
      San Francisco, 94115
      (415) 820-1580
      Provides psychotherapy and hypnotherapy, for individuals and couples. She uses innovative techniques to treat a wide variety of issues including: anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, life transitions, negative family patterns, and issues related to childbearing: fertility, prenatal/postpartum depression and anxiety, birth preparations and recovery, and pregnancy/child loss.

    • Ceres Rutan
      2482 Sutter St
      San Francisco, 94115
      (415) 820-1585
      Ceres Rutan runs the only postpartum depression support group in SF (see Groups and Clinics above) They also have a private practice in which they specialize in working individually with pregnant women and new moms, as well as couples therapy for new parents.

  3. Dr. Catherine Mallouh
    (415) 750-1713
    Dr. Sue Lee
    1626A Union St.
    (415) 928-1234

  4. List of psychiatrists by Ellen Haller, MD, one of the faculty psychiatrists at UCSF (she runs the residency program and has a particular interest in the psychiatry of Women’s Health).

    • Shana Levy: (415) 820-1420

    • Anna Budayr: (415) 637-7076

    • Kim Indermaur: (415) 418-4467

    • Denise Albert: (415) 820-1511

    • Catherine Mallouh: (415) 750-1713

    • Julie Stahl: (415) 441-7342

    • Laura Davies: (415) 425-6156

    • Ann Fleming, MD: (415) 206-4528

    • Faina Novosolov: (415) 771-7711 ( Specializing in depression, the anxiety spectrum, eating disorders, relationship issues, loss, change and grief, the college and graduate student population, and women's issues

  5. Laura Davies, MD
    2266 Union Street
    (415) 425-6156
    Her areas of expertise are with anxiety, depression, ADHD, pregnancy and post-partum issues. She does adult, adolescent, and child psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, and couples and family psychotherapy.

  6. Dr. Kirsten Howell
    2485 Clay Street, #105
    (415) 567-9194

  7. Holly Gordon, DMH, licensed psychologist
    3321 Sacramento Street
    (415) 346-4494

  8. Virginia Todd, Ed.D. – **GGMG Member**
    3608 Sacramento Street
    San Francisco, CA
    (415) 541-5041
    Is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Laurel Heights. I am also a GGMG member and a new mother. Using traditional talk therapy, I offer non-judgmental, compassionate counseling for those wishing to address life challenges such as depression, anxiety, grief, relationship and family concerns, life transitions and adjustment issues. 

  9. Lois Parkinson, M.D. - **GGMG Member**
    4019 24th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94114  
    (415) 824-144

  10. Jocelyn Sze, PhD – **GGMG Member**
    Two locations:
    3600 California Street
    San Francisco, CA 94118

    870 Market Street, Ste 915
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 876-8564
    Is a psychologist who works with new and expectant moms and couples. Dr. Sze specializes in sleep, prenatal/postpartum anxiety, transition to motherhood, and couples therapy. She has advanced training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a goal-oriented, research-based, short-term approach. When appropriate, Dr. Sze offers the option of therapy over videoconferencing, given the high barriers to care that many new and expectant moms face.

  11. Shulamit Glaubach – **GGMG Member**
    1939 Divisadero street
    Suite 4c
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    (415) 531-7697
    I help people with infertility and the struggles and guidance and support. I also treat pregnant women and post partum depression. I also do therapy and medication if needed.


  1. Renee Spencer, MFT
    3236 Sacramento St
    San Francisco, 94115
    (415) 771-5671
    A highly trained psychotherapist providing individual therapy, couples counseling and modern psychoanalysis for a wide range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems, self-esteem or just wanting more out of life.

  2. Rebecca Sacerdoti, PhD
    (415) 992-7244

  3. Maia Taub, MFT
    1465 Church Street
    San Francisco, 94131
    (415) 255-4262

  4. Kiffany Pfister Gibbs, LCSW
    700 E. Blithedale Avenue Suite 2
    Mill Valley, CA 94941
    (415) 652-2696

  5. Kasey Balin, MFT – **GGMG Member**
    3600 California Street
    (415) 820-1411
    She enjoys working with new and expectant moms. She is also a certified lactation counselor. She works with many issues which include: identity, postpartum depression, parenting styles, being the parent you want to be, self-care, anxiety, lactation issues and adjustment

  6. Melodie Del Rio, MFT –** GGMG Member**
    “I have a special interest in working with pregnant and new mothers; parents; couples; and children. I have been working with families and couples for over ten years. I often see people with the following concerns: self esteem, anxiety, depression, life transition, loss and grief (including pregnancy loss), identity, relationship concerns, and painful/ difficult childhoods. When working with parents, I often provide support in the following areas: concerns around becoming a parent, life balance, postpartum depression and anxiety, uncertainty around parenting, sibling adjustment, parenting philosophy/ style, conflicts with partner around parenting, child's temperament/ development, and family of origin concerns.”
    (415) 710-8943
    Two locations:
    946 Irving Street, Suite E
    San Francisco, CA 94122

    2482 Sutter Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115

  7. Lauren Britt, LCSW
    399 Laurel Street, Suite 9
    San Francisco, CA 94118
    Lauren Britt provides effective and empathic solution focused therapy for individuals, couples and families in the San Francisco Bay Area. With over twenty years of experience, Lauren Britt helps people of all ages change self-defeating behaviors into actions that are satisfying and life affirming.

  8. Blair Wellington, MFT – **GGMG Member**
    The Hobart Building
    582 Market (@ Montgomery)
    Suite 317
    San Francisco, CA 94104
    Trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - short-term, goal-oriented and effective therapy - for adults and couples. Specializing in anxiety, ADHD and parenting children with behavioral challenges.

  9. Nova Goldberg, MFT
    2860 Laguna St
    (between Union St & Green St) 
    San Francisco, CA 94123

  10. Dalynn May, LCSW
    3884 24th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94114
    A therapist in Noe Valley who specializes in relationship issues, depression, anxiety, and post-partum.

Updated September 2014