At Terra Firma Behavioral Health, we focus on general adult psychiatry as well as women's reproductive psychiatry to address the unique needs faced by each individual. We offer professional consultation in a calm, soothing environment where you can relax and be yourself. Our integration of the newest tools, techniques and medications with tried-and-true methods helps us create a therapeutic relationship that best meets your individual needs and gets you back on solid ground.

Our Practice Areas

We understand that women may experience unique psychiatric symptoms as a results of hormonal effects on your mood. Some of the areas we focus on include:

  • Adolescence, Menstruation & Pre-Menstrual Symptoms

    Managing mood changes with the onset of menstruation in adolescence, as well as premenstrual symptoms that may be signs of premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

  • Pregnancy & Postpartum

    Working with women who are pregnant or postpartum to determine the risks & benefits of using psychotropic medications during pregnancy or lactation.

  • Menopause

    Understanding the hormonal and physical fluctuations that can contribute to mood changes, difficulty sleeping and other symptoms in women during the vulnerable time of menopause.

  • Hormone Treatments & Infertility

    Understanding and coping with the effects of hormone treatments for infertility that may alter mood, including worsening of depression or anxiety.


In addition to a focus on Reproductive Psychiatry, Terra Firma Behavioral Health is dedicated to providing convenient and confidential psychiatric care to individuals in Illinois. Through Telepsychiatry—a secure and encrypted form of videoconferencing—you can participate in your appointments without leaving the comfort of your home or office. This secure technology eliminates the time it takes to travel to and from the doctor's office, park, and wait in the reception area for your appointment, while increasing your privacy, comfort and accessibility, and is unique to Terra Firma Behavioral Health.

The Latest Medications

We understand that sometimes medicines can help us augment traditional therapy to help you get back on sure footing faster. We stay up-to-date on all the latest pharmacological breakthroughs and prescribe them as appropriate. Dr. Mehta is also certified to prescribe Suboxone, a unique and effective treatment for opiate dependence.

About Aarti Mehta, MD

Dr. Mehta established Terra Firma Behavioral Health to provide professional psychiatric and behavioral health consultation to men and women as they move through the various stages of life. She strives to establish a strong therapeutic alliance with her patients, working with them and their families to help achieve and maintain psychiatric stability and a higher quality of life.

Born and raised in Illinois, Dr. Mehta completed her undergraduate education at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Mehta is a graduate of the University of Illinois Residency Training Program in the Department of Psychiatry, and completed a one-year Fellowship in Women's Mental Health at the University of Illinois.

In addition, Dr. Mehta has continued to pursue further education in psychodynamic therapy and is currently in the Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Mehta is also a member of the American Psychiatric Association and American Medical Association.

Reviews of Dr. Mehta

"Dr. Mehta was helpful and friendly. She listened to me and made me feel comfortable. I didn't feel rushed and all of my questions were answered"

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