In this episode, I'll be talking with Michelle Helms, PMHNP-BC, PMH-C about her work with mood and anxiety disorders that emerge during the perinatal period. We'll be addressing the biology of these disorders, exploring best practices for treatment, and identifying the role of medical racism in mental health care for birth givers of color.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define PMADS diagnostic features in a counseling context
  2. Identify vulnerability factors that contribute to the development of PMADS that may be assessed in a counseling setting.
  3. Understand the role of culture, systemic inequities, and socialization in how clients seek mental health and/or medical treatment  for PMADS
  4. Identify resources for ongoing support for clients with PMADS
  5. Examine the role of exposure related to treated and un-treated PMADS for mom and baby as it may present in a counseling setting.

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How the CE Process Works

  • Format

    This course is a 1.5 hour podcast you can listen to anytime anywhere. Access the audio on Apple, Podbean, or Spotify. For a richer learning experience, including full transcripts, access the content on the course player.

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    1. Create an account to enroll in the course. 2. Listen to the podcast. 3. Log into your Beyond Therapy account to take the test and complete the course evaluation.

  • Certificate Information

    Your certificate be available for download in the student dashboard once you earn a passing score (80%) on the post-test and complete the evaluation. We'll keep your certificate on file for 5 years.


Guest Instructor

Michelle Helms

Michelle has been a nurse for over 30 years. She was a women's health nurse practitioner working in OB for almost 10 years prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She holds an additional certification for perinatal mental health through Postpartum support International. She works as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner treating women's mood disorders across the lifespan with a specialty focus on women's mood disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period.


Candice Creasman Mowrey

PhD, LCMHCS - Dr. Candice Creasman Mowrey received a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008, and a Doctorate in Counseling and Counselor Education from North Carolina State University in 2015. She has worked in in-patient, psychosocial rehabilitation, community agency, disability services, and intensive outpatient settings. She founded Creasman Counseling, PLLC, a single-person private practice, in 2011, which has grown to a team of over a dozen culturally and professionally diverse clinicians. Dr. Creasman Mowrey has taught Masters level counseling students in online and in-person settings, and currently directs a Clinical Mental Health Counseling internship program.


Creasman Counseling PLLC's courses meet the qualifications for CE hours as required by NBCC. Beyond Therapy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #7234. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Creasman Counseling, PLLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Course Content Development

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders - Medical and Social Perspectives was created, developed, advertised, planned, and implemented by the staff of Creasman Counseling, PLLC

To learn more about presenter Michelle Helms, click here.

To learn more about your host, Candice Creasman Mowrey, click here.

The Beyond Therapy Podcast and all associated learning content are developed by the professional mental health services team at Creasman Counseling, PLLC. Our staff of licensed, board-certified counselors, social workers, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners are committed to creating engaging, evidence-based, and practice-ready content for your growth as a clinician.