Getting Ahead of Postnatal Depression Group

Parent Infant Research InstituteParenthood can be a challenge

You may have heard people talking about postnatal and postpartum depression.  Both of these terms mean the same thing and are more than the baby blues in that the symptoms carry on after the baby is four weeks old.

  • Have you been feeling flat, sad or depressed?
  • Are you struggling to cope?
  • Do you feel anxious or overwhelmed by the task of parenting?
  • Do you find that you no longer get enjoyment from activities?
  • Do you feel less confident?

Do you have any of these signs and symptoms of postnatal depression?

Note that postnatal depression is different from postnatal psychosis, a condition where a mother is out of touch with reality.  If you have postnatal psychosis it is best to contact Maternal Mental Health.

Parenthood and all its demands can be a rewarding but difficult experience. Feeling depressed, anxious or irritable may also interfere with your relationship with your child.

You can get help to get the most out of parenting and to learn techniques to feel better. If you are experiencing difficulties it is best for you and your child if you get support.

If left untreated, postnatal depression can develop into a long-term problem, or return with subsequent pregnancies.

This program might be what you need!

Emotional Health Services (EHS) is a friendly Auckland-based psychology service for adults and children. We are offering a 12-session group program called “Getting Ahead of Postnatal Depression”. It is designed to improve maternal mood in a supportive setting.

What women say about this program:

“I was anxious about attending at first, but being in a supportive environment really helped me to get the most out of the program.”

“I noticed an improvement in my mood after a couple of sessions and I became stronger over time.”

“Meeting other women who were also struggling was important as I felt less alone. It was also rewarding to lend support to others in the group – we bonded well.”

“Because I feel better about myself I’m able to be more available and loving with my baby.”

Auckland psychology service EHS offers family group therapy with “Getting Ahead of Postnatal Depression”.

This program will give you

Behavioural Skills:

Understanding and managing moods

  • Pleasant activities – how can I find the time?
    Relaxing on the run
  • Assertiveness and self-esteem – telling others what I think and how I feel

Cognitive Skills:

  • Unrealistic expectations of parenting
  • My internal dialogue – the missing link
  • Developing a more helpful thinking style
  • Challenging my internal critic

This proven program is beneficial, effective and has helped many women.

This 12-session Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) program was developed by academics and practitioners at the Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) in Victoria, Australia*. It has been proven to be highly effective and deliver long-term results. The findings of published studies show this program significantly improves mood within 12 sessions.

Women who have completed the program report that in addition to learning strategies to deal with their mood, they have also benefited from being around other women. They report feeling more supported, feeling less alone and more validated. Three sessions will provide information and support for partners as well. This group is open to women with an infant or child under three years. Group size is limited to a maximum of eight mothers.


*PIRI Institute Director Professor Jeannette Milgrom author of the book “Treating Postnatal Depression: A Psychological Approach for Health Care Practitioners”, by Milgrom, Martin and Negri (2006), Wiley & Son