Welcome. We’re so glad you are here.

PSI-IL is the Illinois state chapter of Postpartum Support International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping those suffering from perinatal mood disorders, the most common complication of childbirth.

Our mission is to promote awareness, education, prevention, and treatment of perinatal mental health issues affecting mothers, their families, and support systems in all areas of Illinois.

  • You are not alone

    All mothers, fathers, and families deserve support during pregnancy and parenthood.

  • You are not to blame

    This time is challenging.

  • You will be well

    Many types of support are available.

Get Help

If you, or a loved one, is suffering with perinatal mood disorders, you’ve come to the right place. Contact one of our PSI-IL Support Coordinators, who will help guide you through the process of finding a professional near you with expertise and experience in treating perinatal mood disorders. Whether you are searching for a therapist within your insurance network, a medication prescriber knowledgeable in prescribing during pregnancy and lactation, or looking for a local peer support group, we are here to help.

Find a PSI-IL Coordinator or Support Group:

Deb Torres
Chicago/Cook County
734-846-7535 TEXT or CALL
icolbydeb@gmail.com

Jessica Erickson
Chicago/Cook County
248-798-4718 TEXT or CALL
jessnik@uchicago.edu

Angelica Marconi
Cook/Lake Counties
224-707-0206 TEXT or CALL
marconiangelica3@gmail.com

Marinna Marotta
NE IL: Lake and McHenry Counties
773-312-7741 TEXT or CALL
marinna.psicoordinator@gmail.com

Lara Vazquez
West Chicago: DuPage, Kane, & Will Counties
630-632-8131 TEXT or CALL
laravv06@gmail.com

Taylor Bochenek
South of Chicago, Will County
815-210-7061 TEXT or CALL
taymalecki@gmail.com

Melissa Millinger
Central IL Tri- county area: Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford
309-863-5360 TEXT or CALL
melissamillinger@gmail.com

Patrice Pelmore
Champaign, Ford, Piatt, Vermilion and Macon
312-857-5389 TEXT or CALL
PSI.ChamBana@gmail.com

LaKeesha James-Smith
Bloomington and Carbondale Areas
312-627-9960 TEXT or CALL

Anquenette Perkins
Statewide – for areas not covered by one of the Coordinators above
708-669-9832 TEXT or CALL
perkinspsiv@gmail.com

Postpartum Depression Illinois Alliance’s (PPD IL)

The Postpartum Depression Illinois Alliance’s (PPD IL) mission is to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of maternal mental health issues throughout the state of Illinois.

www.ppdil.org

We do not offer crisis management services. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911. For additional safety information, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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Did you know that perinatal mood disorders (PMDs) are the number one medical complication of childbirth? While often referred to as postpartum depression or even simply as postpartum, PMD can take many forms and can also occur during pregnancy. Perinatal mood disorders include depression, anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, and (much more rarely) psychosis.

Get the facts by visiting PSI’s website at www.postpartum.net

Get Involved

Want to make a difference? Become a member today.

  • Receive PSI-IL quarterly newsletter
  • Invitation to Members Only Events
  • Help us fulfill our mission and feel good for helping a great cause!

Memberships are tax-deductible donations.

Volunteer

PSI state chapters are made up of a variety of local stakeholders and further the mission of PSI on a grassroots level. Chapters work on a wide range of initiatives that they dictate for themselves because they know their states best! While some states may focus on passing legislation, others may create a robust network of peer support groups, or compile a state-wide list of perinatal mood disorder providers and resources.

All are welcome at PSI! Survivors, mental health professionals, doulas, clinicians etc. volunteer through the chapter in order to give back to their local communities. We work to reduce stigma, increase awareness, and provide connections to resources.

Climb Out Of The Darkness

Every year, PSI hosts Climb Out Of The Darkness, a movement that invites people from all over the world to host local walks and events to spread awareness of mental health challenges of new families. A Climb can be as simple as a play-date in a park, a hike, or a more elaborate event. The majority of Climbs are held in June, near the summer solstice in celebration of long sunny days and a family’s climb from anxiety and depression to recovery.

Climb Out Of The Darkness 2019

Host a Climb

We are looking for Climb Leaders to host events in your state. Leaders will go through a quick training, and will have the support of other climb leaders, your state chapter and PSI staff. To create a Climb event in your area, email our Climb Manager Emily at Cotd@postpartum.net!

For Professionals

PSI Provider Directory

Postpartum Support International offers an online directory of qualified perinatal mental health professionals. Join the registry and share your listing as a mental health provider, a healthcare provider, childbirth professional, or support group. As a specialized provider, you can tailor your directory listing to reach out to potential clients in your area. Keep your profile up-to-date with practice announcements, new programs and groups, and more!

Perinatal Psychiatric Consult Line

The PSI Perinatal Psychiatric Consult Line is a service provided for medical professionals who have questions about the mental health care related to pregnant and postpartum patients and pre-conception planning. It is staffed by reproductive psychiatrists who are members of PSI and specialists in the treatment of perinatal mental health disorders. The service is free and available by appointment. Call 800-944-4773, ext 4 and we will match you with an appointment. We will respond to your request within one business day. This service is available for medical providers only.

Upcoming Training Sessions

We provide top-notch education and training for professionals both in-person and online allowing you to serve your patients with confidence.

About Us

Our mission is to promote awareness, education, prevention, and treatment of perinatal mental health issues affecting mothers, their families, and support systems in all areas of Illinois.

PSI-IL is State Chapter of Postpartum Support International, a 501(c)(3) organization.  The Tax ID number of Postpartum Support International and PSI-IL is 77-0196208.

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Katie Bogacki, LCSW

Katie Bogacki, LCSW

Katie Bogacki, LCSW, Director of Committees

I am Katie Bogacki and I am honored to be the Director of Committees for PSI-IL. I graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Social Work and Psychology and the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Master of Social Work. I also have a Master of Education- Administration and Supervision from National Louis University and a certificate of completion in the Components of Care of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders from Postpartum Support International. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice on the Northwest side of Chicago working primarily with individuals coping with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, fertility issues, miscarriage, and perinatal loss. I also work with people who are dealing with life events, transitions, and just trying to figure it all out. My extensive experience and training in the areas of trauma and mental health coupled with my own experiences of becoming a mother fueled my passion in maternal mental health and involvement in PSI. I am also doing my best to raise three small children with my husband in Chicago.


Nicole Woodcox Bolden, LSW

Nicole Woodcox Bolden, LSW

Nicole Woodcox Bolden, LSW, Chapter Liaison

My name is Nicole Woodcox Bolden L.S.W. and I have the privilege of serving as the Chapter Liaison for the Illinois Chapter of Postpartum Support International. I earned my Master’s of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. I have been working with families in a variety of capacities locally & abroad for 12 years. Currently, I specialize in supporting women in creating and adjusting to their new role as a mother, through doula, childbirth education and pregnancy & family wellness coaching services. My mission is to help families thrive instead of just surviving parenthood. For more information on how I can help your family thrive, visit www.thrivingwithbaby.com. I also serve as a volunteer support coordinator for the western suburbs of Illinois with Postpartum Support International.

Parenthood pushes us to the next evolution of ourselves. No one should have to make that journey alone. I am a wife to a creative and mother to two strong-willed girls, these roles have helped me to truly value self-compassion.


Erika Knuth, PhD

Erika Knuth, PhD

Erika Knuth, PhD, Treasurer

My name is Erika Knuth, PhD, and I serve as the Treasurer for the Illinois Chapter of Postpartum Support International. I completed my BA in Psychology and Spanish at Knox College in Galesburg, IL, and The University of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. I earned my PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology and my MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. My private practice, Magnolia Psychological Associates, is in downtown Wheaton. I specialize in working with people through the many challenges arising due to pregnancy, miscarriage, infertility, infant loss, and postpartum difficulties. I am passionate about helping parents and babies form healthy attachments and also offer a weekly postpartum support group. My education, training, and integrative approach provide the opportunity for people of any faith tradition to reflect deeply on spiritual, theological, religious, or existential issues impacting psychological functioning if so desired. Please visit my website for more information: www.magnoliawheaton.com.

I love finding beauty in unexpected places and spending time exploring nature with my loved ones.


Audrey Raden, LCPC

Audrey Raden, LCPC

Audrey Raden, LCPC, Secretary

I am Audrey Raden, LCPC, and I am honored to serve as Secretary for the Illinois Chapter of Postpartum Support International. I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The Family Institute at Northwestern University in 2008. At Attention To Wellness in Deerfield, Illinois, I offer specialized therapy for women and am passionate about helping those with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. I incorporate mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and EMDR where appropriate in my work with clients. Visit my website at www.audreyraden.com.

I also serve as volunteer on the Postpartum Support International helpline, providing information, encouragement, and local resources to callers across the country and beyond. Call 1-800-944-4773 for help in English or Spanish.

In my free time, I love to spend time outdoors with my husband and son.


Kathryn Gardner, LCPC

Kathryn Gardner, LCPC

Kathryn Gardner, LCPC, Chair

My name is Kathryn D. Gardner, LCPC, and I serve as the Chair of the Illinois Chapter of Postpartum Support International. I attended Illinois State University, Normal, IL for my bachelor’s degree. I received my Master’s of Arts degree, Clinical Psychology, with an Emphasis on Marital and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA in 2001. I specialize in providing counseling, workshops and training for women coping with fertility, pregnancy issues, complications for mom or baby, perinatal loss, postpartum adjustment, parenthood and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. I own a private practice, Tranquility Health and Reproductive Wellness, LLC in Palos Hills, IL. www.KathrynGardner.com

I am a wife and proud mom of 2 kids, who have taught me how to seize the moment!


Miller Shivers, PhD

Miller Shivers, PhD, Events and Trainings Committee Co-Lead

My name is Miller Shivers, PhD and I am the Events and Training Committee Co-Lead for the Illinois Chapter of Postpartum Support International. I earned my MS degree in Clinical Psychology at St Mary’s University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology. I completed a clinical internship and an Irving Harris Infant Mental Health Fellowship at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Working at Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, I am the director of Lurie Children’s Little Ones, a program providing support, assessment and intervention to infants and young children and
their families. At Lurie Children’s, I am able to provide services to families while inpatient in the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and outpatient to families within the Chicago-land community. I focus on the relationship between caregivers and their infants and young children, and work with the family to improve functioning.

daddy and mommy

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