chapter  12
Special Considerations and Future Directions
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Increasingly, there is interest in and demand for CBT for perinatal distress. CBT’s problem-focused, time-sensitive nature is attractive for perinatal clients who want immediate relief, as well as for insurance companies who reimburse for a limited number of sessions. Perinatal women who complete a course of CBT develop skills that will extend far beyond the transition to parenthood. By modeling healthy approaches to coping with stress and disappointment, perinatal women who have received a course of CBT have the potential to mitigate any adverse effects of depression and anxiety on their children. They can show their children how to tolerate emotional distress. They can demonstrate to their children how to cope with ambiguity when life does not go as planned. They can model tools for solving problems effectively.