We understand how pregnancy and motherhood can be a wonderful but also stressful, difficult and even traumatic time in women’s lives. We are dedicated to supporting women’s transition into motherhood so they can emerge as strong leaders in their family and community.
The mission of our program is to improve the emotional health and well-being of pregnant and postpartum women through clinical care, education, teaching and clinical research. We have expertise in the treatment of mental health problems during pregnancy and postpartum and provide clinical services that are easily accessible, stigma free and confidential.
Our program provides mental health treatment for pregnant and postpartum women. Our program has expertise in the treatment of peripartum:
- Mood Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Grief and Loss
- Prescription opioid use and pain
- Substance use, including Buprenorphine (Subutex) for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
- Pre-pregnancy consultation for women with a history of mental health problems or taking psychotropic medication is also available.
Our program helps women and their families understand the risks associated with untreated mental health problems in pregnancy and/or postpartum as well as any potential risks of treatment including medications in pregnancy or during lactation. We offer an array of treatment options including therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, etc), alternative and lifestyle interventions (yoga, exercise, sleep, nutrition, light therapy, rTMS, etc) as well as medication, if appropriate. Treatment plans are individualized to support women’s needs, preferences and values. With permission, treatment plans and ongoing care are communicated and coordinated with obstetric and/or pediatric providers.
Accessing Our Services
We believe that pregnant or postpartum women should have readily available access to mental health care and therefore offer a ‘walk-in’ clinic for all new patients needing a first appointment every Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at MUSC Women’s Health Services.
Women’s Health Services
135 Cannon Street, Suite 201
Charleston, SC 29425
If you are not local to the Charleston area, please contact us to see if telemedicine services are available in your area 843-792-0403.
MUSC accepts most insurances. Please call 843-792-2311 if you have any questions about your insurance coverage.
Our clinic is staffed by a full time reproductive psychiatry fellow and psychiatry residents. Patients are evaluated and treated by our psychiatry resident or fellow and supervising attendings Drs. Constance Guille and Lisa Boyars.
Constance Guille, M.D., MSCR
Dr. Guille is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC. Dr. Guille completed her psychiatry residency training and sub-specialty training in perinatal psychiatry at Yale University. She established and is currently the Director of the Women’s Reproductive Behavioral Health Program at MUSC. The mission of the program is to improve the mental health of pregnant and postpartum women through clinical care, education, teaching, and clinical research.
Lisa Boyars, MD
Lisa Boyars is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC. Dr. Boyars completed her psychiatry residency training and fellowship in perinatal and reproductive health at the Medical University of South Carolina. She currently works at the Women’s Reproductive Behavioral Health Program at MUSC. She grew up in Galveston Texas and cheers for her alma mater, the Texas Longhorns. Outside of work, she keeps busy with soccer and her faithful canine companion, Monty.
Rubin Aujla, MD, MPH
Rubin Aujla is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC. Dr. Aujla attended the University of South Carolina for medical school, and completed her MPH and psychiatry residency training at Tulane University in New Orleans. She is excited to be returning home to Charleston and to be completing a fellowship in perinatal and reproductive health. Dr. Aujla currently works at the Women’s Reproductive Behavioral Health Program at MUSC. When not at work she can be found volunteering at a local horse rescue and baking for friends.
Edie Douglas, MPH
Edie Douglas is the program and research coordinator for the Women’s Reproductive Behavioral Health Program. Edie completed her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at Furman University and a Master of Public Health at the University of Alabama Birmingham. In her spare time she enjoys running, hiking and traveling.