Dr. Emily Guarnotta Licensed Clinical Psychologist Merrick, New York

Helping Parents One Breath at a Time

As a clinical psychologist, I specialize in helping parents dealing with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (mental health disorders that occur during pregnancy or the postpartum period) and emotional struggles related to infertility, grief and loss, and the overall adjustment to parenthood.

Psychotherapy can help you better understand your own thoughts and feelings and learn ways to cope with stress, trauma, and other difficult experiences.

Support Is Available

Psychotherapy and telehealth are available for people experiencing perinatal mental health disorders (like postpartum depression), anxiety, mood disorders, and other emotional challenges.

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Read on to learn more about how to cope with some of the most common issues facing new and expectant parents.

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Postpartum psychosis

Postpartum psychosis (PP) is a psychiatric condition that develops shortly after childbirth. It occurs in approximately 1 to 2 out of every 1,000 births. What...
postpartum PTSD

Postpartum PTSD: Trauma during Childbirth

Postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one type of perinatal condition that can develop after childbirth. Surveys show that approximately 1 to 15% of women...
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Coping with Infertility

What is infertility? By definition, infertility is the inability to get pregnant after 1 year of trying in women under age 35 or after 6...
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Embracing Your Postpartum Body

It’s no secret that women’s bodies change dramatically during pregnancy. You gain weight, your uterus grows, and your organs shift. And the changes don’t end...
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Separation Anxiety in Children: Normal or Not?

What is separation anxiety? Separation anxiety is an all-too-common experience for toddler parents. During this developmental stage, children may protest separation by crying, screaming, clinging,...
Childbirth anxiety

Surviving Delivery Day: Coping with Childbirth Anxiety

For many women, pregnancy involves some level of anxiety. Women may feel worried about the pregnancy, becoming a mother, the baby's health, or how this...
Psychotherapy

Therapy

What is therapy? Psychotherapy is a type of treatment for mental health conditions that is carried out by trained professionals. During therapy, therapists establish a...
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Prenatal Depression and Anxiety: Pregnancy Isn’t Always Bliss

Depression and Anxiety during Pregnancy Many people are familiar with the terms postpartum depression and anxiety, but prenatal depression and anxiety are not as well-known....
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Paternal Postpartum Depression: Men Can Get Sad Too

What is Paternal Postpartum Depression? Postpartum depression (PPD) has traditionally been viewed as an issue that affects new mothers, but many people are unaware that...
Mental health treatment

Getting Help: The Who’s Who in Mental Health Treatment

So you’ve decided to get help, but don’t know where to start. Many people are unsure of the differences between the types of mental health...