Tour the Birth Center
914 South 8th Street
Minneapolis MN 55404
8AM until 4:30PM
The Hennepin Women's Mental Health Program includes psychiatrists and psychologists with special expertise in women’s mental health and medication and therapy treatment options. Our program is a nationally recognized program serving Minnesota and the region.
Some common questions that are raised by women in our clinic include:
- Is it safe to take medication during pregnancy and while nursing?
- Can I see a therapist who specializes in depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy?
- How do I cope with infertility and/or pregnancy loss?
- Is there anything I can do for my PMS irritability and mood swings?
- Are my sleep problems and moodiness a normal part of menopause?
The Hennepin Women's Mental Health Program provides comprehensive psychiatric care for women with depression, anxiety, and other emotional concerns before, during or after pregnancy or during other reproductive transitions (e.g. premenstrually or around menopause).
Access information about the Mother-Baby Program.
If you have specific questions about medication, you can schedule an appointment with one of our Hennepin Women’s Mental Health Program psychiatrists. All psychiatrists are medical doctors who completed medical school along with 4 years of additional training. In general, psychiatrists can prescribe medication as well as psychotherapy; however, in our women's clinic, psychiatrists mainly provide medication consultation.
During your first visit with a psychiatrist, they will ask you about your background and your current challenges. They will help determine whether medication might play a role in helping you with your mood, anxiety, sleep or other symptoms.
After your first visit, you can expect to see your psychiatrist every 2 to 6 weeks for a few months, and then the visits can be spaced out as you are feeling better.
You may not be able to schedule a first appointment with one of our psychiatrists immediately due to the number of women that we see in our program. If your situation is urgent, please call your primary care or obstetric/gynecology provider. If you feel unsafe, please go to your nearest emergency room. If you are in the metro area, the nearest emergency room may include the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) Acute Psychiatric Services, a 24–hour psychiatric emergency room based at HCMC.
Psychotherapy involves speaking with a trained professional to better understand the emotional difficulties you are experiencing and to develop specific mental and emotional skills to manage your symptoms. Licensed psychologists and clinical social workers pursue extensive training in order to provide psychotherapy. Unlike psychiatrists, they do not prescribe medication.
Your first visit with a therapist is called an "intake visit". Your therapist will ask you questions about your life in order to get to know you better. After this visit, you can ideally expect to see your therapist every one to two weeks, depending on your needs and your therapist’s schedule.
During therapy, it is important that you can express your feelings and concerns openly in order to identify areas of your life that you want to change. There are many different kinds of psychotherapy — some that focus more on the "here-and-now" and address the thoughts, feelings and actions that contribute to your symptoms. Other kinds of therapy also explore how early life experiences and relationships contribute to the way you view yourself and others and the difficulties you may be experiencing. Feel free to talk with your therapist about different therapy approaches and how the two of you might best work together. You can also ask questions such as, "What will our sessions be like?" or "How often will we meet?"