OUR REPRODUCTIVE PSYCHIATRY & WOMEN'S WELLNESS DIVISION IS HERE FOR YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
Meridian Psychiatric Partners, LLC offers specialized services to women with psychiatric illness throughout their life cycle. Because reproductive phases in a woman's life can be complex, our specialty-trained psychiatrists and therapists are experts in providing mental health services before, during and after pregnancy. From preconception counseling and infertility-related stress to postpartum depression and anxiety, our dedicated team will partner with you and guide you through your journey to wellness.
Women with psychiatric illness who want to become pregnant, particularly individuals treated with psychotropic medications, face unique challenges. Our specialists in perinatal psychiatry are experts in guiding you throughout the process. During your consultation, we’ll discuss the risks that come with psychiatric illness before, during and after pregnancy — for you and your children. An in-depth assessment is made and options for treatment are part of the consultation.
Postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety are real psychiatric illnesses. Women experiencing symptoms are evaluated and treated by clinicians with expertise in this area. Treatment with medications and nonpharmacologic methods may be established during your consultation. Referrals to other clinicians within our practice, or in the community, may also be recommended.
MEDICATION MANAGEMENT AND BREASTFEEDING
Mothers with postpartum psychiatric illness who have been prescribed medications must take their medication to effectively treat their symptoms. But women who want to breastfeed often feel they have to choose between breastfeeding and taking medications that could be harmful to their child. Our professionals in perinatal psychiatry will help you evaluate the evidence available, understand the risks, and make a decision that best meets the needs of you and your family.
PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME (PMS) AND PREMENSTRUAL DYSPHORIC DISORDER (PMDD)
Many women experience premenstrual depression and anxiety. Symptoms may be emotional and/or physical and are sometimes debilitating. Consulting with our clinicians who have deep experience in this area will help you determine a pharmacologic or nonpharmacologic treatment to help alleviate your symptoms.
Our compassionate, qualified providers work hard to understand, treat and support our patients using therapeutic techniques specialized for individual needs. Click the images below for specific provider information, or scroll down to learn more.
Niyati Dhand, M.D. is board-certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Dhand attended medical school at The Ohio State University School of Medicine and completed her General Psychiatry Residency at the Cleveland Clinic. She went on to complete an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Yale University. Dr. Dhand’s clinical interests include depressive and bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, women’s mental health including peripartum and postpartum care, substance use disorders, and treatment of impaired professionals. Dr. Dhand is available for initial psychiatric evaluations, second opinion consultations, psychotherapy and ongoing care with medication management. She sees patients at the Evanston location.
Advanced Practice Nurse
Stacy Kaplan, MSW, LSW, is a licensed social worker. She received her master's degree in clinical social work from Loyola University Chicago. She has experience working with adults and older adults in medical settings, particularly with a focus on women's health. Her clinical interests and areas of experience include anxiety and mood disorders, relational issues, family transition issues, especially those associated with pregnancy and parenthood, and family of origin issues. Stacy works from a psychodynamic perspective using a relational approach. She sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.