Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW
Karen Kleiman is a well-known international expert on postpartum depression. Her work has been featured on the Web and within the mental health community for decades. In 1988, Ms. Kleiman founded The Postpartum Stress Center, a treatment and training facility where she treats individuals and couples experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression. More recently, she founded The Postpartum Stress & Family Wellness Center in New Jersey.
Ms. Kleiman has been featured in many television and radio shows, magazines, and health websites. Her national television appearances include Inside Edition, The Oprah Winfrey Show and NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. Currently Ms. Kleiman is affiliated with a number of websites where she writes articles, facilitates support chats, and addresses the concerns of postpartum and pregnant women. She also serves as parenting expert panel member for BabyCenter.com and Storknet.com.
In 1980, Ms. Kleiman received a master's in social work from the University of Illinois in Chicago and has been practicing clinical social work ever since. In addition to her clinical work at The Postpartum Stress Center, she instructs the postgraduate training course Fundamentals of Postpartum Depression: Assessment, Treatment and Advanced Clinical Practice.
Ms. Kleiman is the author of a number a books on postpartum depression. Her first book, This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression (Bantam, 1994), co-authored with Dr. Valerie Davis Raskin, forged new territory in the self-help book market on postpartum depression (currently under revision). She is coauthor of Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Motherhood. Her book, Therapy and the Postpartum Woman: Notes on Healing Postpartum Depression for Clinicians and the Women Who Seek Their Help, is a groundbreaking resource for clinicians who treat women with postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Tokens of Affection: Reclaiming Your Marriage After Postpartum Depression is due out this year.