Leslie is the group practice owner and a Perinatal Mental Health Clinician. She specializes in clinically-based treatment of perinatal depression and anxiety, grief related to pregnancy loss and infertility, postpartum psychosis, and other challenges related to motherhood. She provides group therapy and training to other healthcare professionals in the field of maternal mental health.
These groups are offered throughout the year, and focus on emotional support and tasks of mourning related to loss of pregnancy though miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, TFMR, neonatal death or stillbirth.
Leslie Theriot Herhold, MSW, LCSW, PMH-C graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University in 2006. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 15 years of experience in reproductive and maternal mental health, including over a decade of experience in the hospital setting as a social worker for women’s and children’s services. She has received extensive training in Maternal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International and Karen Kleiman’s Postpartum Stress Center in Philadelphia, PA, and holds a certification in Perinatal Mental Health. She has been in clinical private practice since 2018, and now owns a group mental health practice with two locations in Baldwin County, AL. She provides workshops to nurses, social workers, community agencies, hospitals, and other healthcare professionals. She is a member of the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers, the National Association of Social Workers, and is a volunteer support coordinator for Postpartum Support International. She serves as a Subject Matter Expert for perinatal course creation for the University of Alabama’s VitAL Program. Her first book, Self-Confidence Strategies for Women, was published in the Summer of 2020.
She is licensed to practice independent/clinical social work in both Louisiana (#9349) and Alabama (#4348C) .
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Masters in Social Work, Louisiana State University 2006
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) 2009
Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C) 2019
The Postpartum Stress Center Advanced Clinical Training with Karen Kleiman, the premier expert on Perinatal Distress.
Postpartum Support International Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Certificate Course.
Member of the National Association of Social Workers
Member of the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers
Member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Volunteer Support Coordinator for Postpartum Support International
Experts estimate that up to 20% of mothers will experience symptoms of anxiety and depression either during pregnancy or in the Postpartum period. These symptoms are more severe than Baby Blues, and can greatly affect a woman's confidence and ability to function in her new role. Therapy has been shown to be highly effective in alleviating these symptoms. If you are struggling, just not feeling like yourself, or having thoughts that are scaring you, please call us. The first step is reaching out for help.
The loss of a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death is something no one should ever have to face. Unfortunately, it does occur, and when it does the effects can be devastating. Postpartum depression and anxiety can occur following a pregnancy loss, and differs from usual symptoms of grief. If you have suffered a pregnancy loss and are concerned about the way you are feeling, please call. Supportive therapy can help.
Anxiety and depression can occur with any life transition, not just motherhood. Relationship issues, feeling stressed and overwhelmed in your daily life responsibilities, managing your work-life balance-- all are a potential source of unhappiness in the modern woman's life. Thankfully, supportive therapy can help.