Wildflower Center for Perinatal & Family Mental Health

We offer a specialized sanctuary for individuals and families journeying through the pivotal moments of parenthood and reproductive challenges. Through virtual and in-person perinatal mental health therapy in Chicago, Oak Park, and Boulder, our dedicated team of clinicians provides comprehensive support, ensuring you’re not alone during these transformative times.

How To Get Started With Wildflower

Request a Free Consultation

Schedule a 15-minute call online or by phone. We’ll cover key details and make sure we’re the right fit for your needs. 

Complete New Client Paperwork

Receive registration forms pre-visit. Your therapist will review details, ensuring clarity on our policies and guidelines.

Attend Your First
Therapy Session

During a 60-minute intake session, you’ll get to know your therapist better and discuss your treatment needs. 

Specialized Care for Perinatal and Reproductive Mental Health 

At Wildflower, we pride ourselves on a foundation of specialized expertise in perinatal and reproductive mental health. Our dedicated team consists of professionals who either hold the esteemed PMH-C designation or are actively in the process of obtaining it. 

We work diligently with individuals, couples, and families at various stages of the parenthood journey, providing evidence-based psychotherapy that encompasses a wide range of reproductive mental health challenges. From pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders to issues surrounding identity, infertility, and intimacy, we address it all. 

Our comprehensive approach extends to challenges related to menstrual cycles, menopause, and trauma-based disorders. We strive for holistic care, understanding the socio-cultural influences on mental health, and providing unwavering support throughout the reproductive journey.

Perinatal & Reproductive Therapy: Holistic Mental Health Support for Every Stage 

Navigating life’s reproductive stages and challenges can be emotionally taxing, affecting individuals and their loved ones in profound ways. Wildflower offers specialized psychotherapy, addressing the unique needs and experiences ranging from infertility to bonding with your baby, ensuring comprehensive care and understanding during these transformative periods.


Facing infertility can be deeply challenging, affecting one’s emotional and relational well-being. Wildflower’s expert psychotherapists provide individual, couples, and group support to navigate the emotional turmoil, fostering understanding, coping skills, and resilience during this profound life journey. 


Gynecological disorders can impact both physical and emotional well-being. At Wildflower, we address the intertwined mental and bodily distress, offering psychotherapy to navigate challenges like body image concerns, relational distress, and the emotional aftermath of medical issues, ensuring holistic healing and support.

Pregnancy and Postpartum

Pregnancy and postpartum are transformative periods requiring specialized care. Wildflower provides a supportive therapeutic environment, addressing challenges like postpartum depression, neonatal loss, and identity shifts. Our clinicians are trained to guide you through the unique mental health concerns of the perinatal period. 

Pregnancy Loss 

Experiencing pregnancy loss is deeply personal, often marked by isolation and unhelpful comments. Despite subsequent successful pregnancies, emotional scars can remain. Partners too face emotional turmoil. Wildflower offers psychotherapy for healing, understanding, and resilience during these challenging times.

Partners and Families 

Wildflower addresses perinatal and reproductive mental health for the entire family. Beyond new moms, up to 1 in 10 fathers experience postnatal mood disorders. The center provides robust support for all family members, covering challenges such as identity shifts, unique experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community, and relationship stresses during these significant life changes.


Perimenopause and menopause are natural stages, typically occurring in a woman’s forties and fifties. While this transition is a standard part of aging, it often comes with challenges like mood swings, sleep disturbances, and sexual issues. Wildflower offers psychotherapy to help you navigate these changes, collaborating with medical professionals to ensure comprehensive care. 

Sexuality and Intimacy 

Our therapists create a safe environment for discussing topics related to sexual self, orientation, identity, beliefs, struggles, and more. For challenges such as low libido, performance anxiety, and postpartum sexual satisfaction, our goal is to break the silence surrounding these topics and help individuals and couples embrace and understand their sexuality fully.

Bonding with Your Baby

Bonding with a baby is a profound emotional and relational process, starting even before birth. Parental feelings, shaped by personal experiences, range from warmth to anxiety. Psychotherapy helps navigate these emotions and dynamics, especially during challenges like medical issues or postpartum complications, offering compassionate support and guidance.

Meet Our Perinatal Mental Health Program Manager

Gabby Pendley, LCSW, PMH-C, CADC, serves as the manager of Wildflower Center for Perinatal and Family Mental Health. Gabby is responsible for overseeing mental health services, educational programming, and outreach related to Wildflower’s core specialty of perinatal and reproductive mental health.

She is passionately committed to supporting women throughout their journey to motherhood and all birthing people and families in the transition to parenthood. Gabby has experience in a variety of inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings, after having earned her bachelor’s degree at Marquette University, and her master’s degree at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Gabby believes in the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to the perinatal period and in empowering clinicians and care providers to offer attuned and effective care to families in their reproductive and perinatal experiences. As part of her role, she provides education and promotes awareness of perinatal mental health within our community and serves as a connecting force between Wildflower and perinatal health care providers.

Flourish With Wildflower:
Discover. Heal. Grow. 

Dive into a transformative therapy experience with Wildflower. Uncover hidden strengths, embrace emotional growth and journey toward a renewed sense of self. 

Core Tenets of Wildflower’s
Clinical Philosophy

Deeply Relational &
Personalized Therapy 

We recognize that you are the expert on your life. Therapy at Wildflower is a collaborative journey. Our caring, affirming therapists tailor sessions to your unique needs and experiences, emphasizing the therapeutic relationship as a catalyst for growth.

Commitment to
Excellence & Learning

Every client deserves the best of our clinical skills and knowledge. Our team is a community of professionals who not only uphold shared values and clinical excellence but also engage in regular training and consultation to stay at the forefront of therapeutic practices.

Stigma-Free View on
Mental Health 

Mental health is a vital component of overall well-being, deserving of attention without any stigma or judgment. Everyone faces challenges, and seeking help is a sign of resilience and strength. Every person’s mental health journey is valid, and we aim to support that with the utmost respect.

Advocates of Social
Justice & Inclusivity 

We recognize that no one exists in a vacuum. Complex systems of oppression and privilege shape individuals’ lives. We believe that as mental health professionals, we have an obligation to promote social justice and contribute to a world that celebrates every person’s inherent worth. 

Frequently Asked Questions

At Wildflower, we understand the emotional roller-coaster that often accompanies infertility challenges. Our expert psychotherapists are trained to offer individual, couples, and group support tailored to navigate the emotional complexities, providing coping mechanisms and fostering resilience. Our goal is to be alongside you, offering a listening ear, guidance, and techniques to manage stress, anxiety, and grief often associated with infertility struggles.

Pregnancy and postpartum are periods of significant transition that can bring about a myriad of emotions. Our therapists are specifically trained to address challenges such as postpartum depression, perinatal loss, identity shifts, and anxieties related to parenting. Using evidence-based practices, we provide a therapeutic environment designed to guide and support parents through these unique mental health concerns, ensuring they don’t feel alone during this transformative time.

Absolutely! Wildflower recognizes that reproductive and perinatal mental health impacts not just the individual but the entire family. We offer robust support for all family members, from partners to grandparents. Our center is committed to addressing issues such as identity shifts, postnatal mood disorders in fathers, relationship stresses, and unique challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community during these life-altering changes.

Recognizing that perimenopause and menopause come with their set of emotional challenges, Wildflower provides tailored psychotherapy for women undergoing these transitions. Our therapists collaborate with medical professionals to offer a holistic approach. We address mood swings, sleep disturbances, sexual issues, and other emotional challenges, ensuring that women receive comprehensive care as they navigate this natural stage of aging.

Wildflower believes in breaking the silence surrounding topics of sexuality and intimacy. Our therapists are trained to create a non-judgmental, safe environment for individuals and couples to explore and discuss topics related to sexual self, orientation, identity, beliefs, and struggles. Whether it’s low libido, performance anxiety, or concerns postpartum, our goal is to ensure individuals and couples feel heard, understood, and guided toward embracing their sexuality.

Bonding with a baby is a profound and deeply personal experience, and Wildflower’s approach recognizes the depth and breadth of this emotional journey. Our therapists understand that parental feelings and bonding processes are shaped by one’s personal life experiences. We provide a supportive environment where parents can navigate their emotions, especially during challenging times, offering compassionate support, guidance, and coping strategies tailored to each unique situation.

Our Clients’ Growth Stories

Blooming Insights:
The Latest from the Wildflower Blog 

We believe that knowledge and learning are key aspects of helping you to grow and thrive on your mental health journey. Stay updated with our latest articles on emotional well-being, perinatal mental health, sexuality, and more on our blog. 

Blossom Into Your Best Self with Wildflower

Work with Wildflower to cultivate emotional strength and clarity. With expert support and a deeply personal touch, let’s nurture your growth and well-being. Ready to bloom? We’re here to guide you.