Perinatal Mental Health Service

Our Perinatal Mental Health Service officially launched in January 2020, thanks to funding from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund. We are continuing to accept referrals and providing virtual services at this time.

The Perinatal Mental Health Service provides psychological services for new and expecting parents focused on mental health and well-being. We primarily offer evidence-based group programs, with some limited opportunities for individual therapy for clients in our service. The overarching goal is prevention and early intervention during this critical transition period for parents, to ultimately support family well-being and mental health.

Team: Services are primarily provided by experienced graduate students in Clinical Psychology at Queen’s University, supervised by Stéphanie Boyer, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Referrals: Clients can refer themselves or be referred by a healthcare provider. We are currently accepting referrals through our Electronic Referral System or by fax (613-533-3282). We will schedule a telephone call with each person referred to the service so that we can provide more information about our current programs and determine together if our service is a good fit for the person’s current needs.

Fees: Fees paid to the Queen’s Psychology Clinic follow a sliding scale, depending on your income. You decide, based on your income, what you can afford. Psychological services are not covered under OHIP. If you have health benefits (e.g., through your workplace) that cover psychological services, you can submit the receipt for full or partial reimbursement. Please let us know if the minimum fee is not affordable, as we have some pro bono spots available.

Current Programs: All programs and services are being offered virtually at this time. We are continuing to offer our group therapy programs on a rolling basis:

  • Perinatal Anxiety Group: 6-week cognitive-behavioural group for new and expecting parents to develop skills to manage anxious thoughts and feelings, along with other difficult moods/emotions. Next session planned for February 2022.

  • Transitioning to Parenthood Group: 6-week group providing new parents with education and support around changes and difficulties associated with this transition period, in a supportive environment to facilitate well-being and self-care. Next session planned for Spring 2022.