Eynav E. Accortt, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Women are 2-3 times more likely to be depressed than men and the reproductive years present the most challenges. A pregnant or postpartum woman who finds herself distressed, depressed and anxious often feels alone. You may feel ashamed, alienated, inadequate and guilty. You may wonder how you could feel this bad when you love your baby. These thoughts and feelings are symptoms. They are not a definition of who you are as a person, a woman, or a mother. You are not alone, this is not your fault. With treatment, you can feel better.
My clinical focus includes mood and anxiety disorders during the female reproductive life course and in response to chronic illnesses such as breast cancer and heart disease. When I am not seeing my clients in private practice I am an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Cedars-Sinai where I conduct research on the physiological processes that are associated with higher risk for depression and anxiety in pregnancy and postpartum. I am particularly interested in the association between maternal mental health, cardiovascular health and adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes. I am also the Director of the new Reproductive Psychology Program at Cedars-Sinai.
I am a cognitive behavioral therapist working with women of all ages and have specialized training in perinatal mental health and evidence-based therapies such as cognitive processing therapy for trauma and interoceptive exposure for panic disorder. When appropriate, I integrate motivational interviewing, solution-focused and interpersonal approaches into my practice to help individuals and groups navigate reproductive challenges including pregnancy and the postpartum period.