The Center for Postpartum Family Health Newsletter
March 2016, Issue 5

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Heart Shaped Fruit
Family Support Makes All the Difference!
Postpartum mood, anxiety and adjustment disorders not only affect the mother, but can have an impact on the family system as a whole.  Because such disorders commonly affect the emotions and/or behaviors of the mother, it can be difficult for family members to deal and cope with something they do not understand.  As a result, it is not uncommon for clients to report that their family members do not “get” what they are experiencing. 

Without having a firsthand experience of what the diagnosis means for the mother, it can be hard for families to provide the support needed for the new mother to recover.  With good intentions, family members may try to comfort their loved one by saying things like, “Things will get better over time,” “At least you have a healthy baby” or point out what a blessing motherhood is.  Despite their good intentions, these statements may leave the mother feeling more down and/or inadequate in their role. 
Families can help a mother with postpartum issues develop a sense of “hope”, and important element of recovery. Words from family and friends and family communication patterns can work together to either support a new mother’s recovery or maintain her symptoms of depression or anxiety. While symptoms may create stress for a family, stress can also create symptoms for the mother.  It is a double edge sword.

Couples or family therapy can help a family address a families unhelpful communication patterns, and help members understand the symptoms of postpartum mood, anxiety and/or adjustment disorders. This understanding can help in shortening the recovery time, and increase the necessary support needed for a new mother to navigate her way through her illness.  There is nothing better a family can for a new mother than give her patient understanding and support.

Family support can make all the difference--even the lions from above can vouch for that!  All of the therapists at CPFH are trained to address the whole family system, and help them do what it takes to help a new mother recover from her postpartum illness as quickly as possible.  Feel free to call and ask about how couples or family therapy can help you.  We want to help you be a Well Mom.

-Amy Wong (LMFT-Associate)
CPFH Therapist

At CPFH we are committed to helping every new mom thrive during her transition to motherhood.  CPFH is a group of professional counselors and therapists specializing in mental health services related to challenges associated with pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety.

Psychotherapy and counseling has been found to be very helpful to those with mental health issues during pregnancy and postpartum.  It also helps with other emotional, mental and relationship challenges, as it provides a safe and confidential place to discuss whatever is troubling you.   Our staff provides individual, couples and family therapy based on a sliding scale six days a week.  If you need a place to talk through what you are feeling and thinking, and find help in developing a plan for improvement, we are here for you.  We want to help you be a well mom!


On Sunday, March 13th, our first Bringing Baby Home (BBH) class of ten couples graduated after taking a six week workshop in learning how to strengthen their marriage after baby through the Gottman BBH program.  Facilitated by Clinicians Kim Jones (LMFT-Associate) and Tricia Miller (LPC-Intern), couples learned how to build everlasting friendship, manage conflict, and create shared meaning in their lives together.  If you would like to participate or receive more information on future BBH workshops, please email
In this video, Gabriel and Lindsay Chapa share their Bringing Baby Home (BBH) experience as they have two young children, and a third on the way! 

Conversations with Pat!

On February 26th, CPFH Founder and Director, Sherry Duson, was interviewed last Friday by well-known Houston Midwife, Pat Jones on The Whole Mother radio show on KPFT.  Sherry was thrilled to be able to share with Pat all the work that is being done to help new mothers at CPFH, as well as discuss how to know when to get a mother help with a postpartum mental health issue.  Thank you, Pat!

Therapist Spotlight: Samantha Schlanger

Hello!  I assist individuals, couples, children, adolescents, and families for a variety of concerns. I have a strong background working with clients with anxiety, LGBT clients, new mothers, and clients with relationship concerns. I am a Certified Prepare Enrich Facilitator, and I utilize the program to conduct premarital and marital counseling. I am also receiving specialized training in perinatal and postpartum family health. I work with clients with infertility, postpartum depression or anxiety, adjustment to parenthood, and couples counseling for new parents. My approach is collaborative and solution focused, and I believe that trust and compassion are crucial elements of the therapeutic process.

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and and a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern, Samantha Schlanger is currently practicing under the supervision of Sherry Duson, M.A., LMFT-S, LPC-S.  Samantha also served on the Houston Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (HAMFT) for three years.


New Moms Support Group (Recurring) 12-1 p.m.
FREE Weekly Wednesday Postpartum Depression/Anxiety/Adjustment support group.  Led by Clinician Kim Jones.
No sign-up necessary. Baby-friendly.  Email or call our office for more info!

Woodlands Wellness Coaltion Presentation
March 22nd (7 p.m.)
Clinician Tricia Miller will be presenting on Mindfulness at Foundation Chiropractic. 

Perinatal World Café
CPFH is excited to participate in the Perinatal World Café premiere!  Led by our friends at the Yates Children's Memorial Fund (YCMF) and Mental Health of America of Greater Houston (MHA), the idea behind the World Café is to engage people in conversations around issues that matter. The focus of the event is to highlight factors that can have an impact on the whole health of a mother while trying to navigate various systems. The Perinatal Mental Health World Cafe  will have four stations (Finding appropriate medical care/treatment; The role of counseling/psychotherapy in recovery; Support – or lack of it – in your community and Impact on Family) set up for participants to visit and learn about each aspect, told by a mom who was directly impacted as she sought help.
Wednesday, March 23rd (6-8 p.m.)
The Motherhood Center
CEUs and Dinner provided.
Contact Tiffany Ross at to attend the event!

A Woman's Mental Health Event: Dark Side of the Moon Part II (Film Screening and Panel Discussion)

In honor of Postpartum Awareness Month in May, CPFH will join Mental Health of America of Greater Houston (MHA) for a powerful film screening and panel discussion with Dr. Shoshanna Bennett, Dr. Rhoda Seplowitz and Dr. Jasmine Burton as our panelists. The event is supported by the Yates Children Memorial Fund (YCMF) Committee.  Click HERE for event info!
May 11th, (6 to 8 p.m.)
Midtown Arts & Theatre Center
Open to Public: Friends, Colleagues, Moms Groups!



Part of our mission at CPFH is to educate the community and raise awareness regarding maternal mental health and other related topics.  Our trained therapists are available to do presentations on wellness, mental health, and relationships, and are able to tailor our talks to your group or organization. To request us at your next event, please email us.

We just received new marketing materials! If you would like CPFH brochures, the Well Mom checklists, or would like to subscribe to our monthly newsletter, please contact us at

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