Postpartum & Pregnancy Counseling
Are you an expectant mother struggling with feelings of depression and anxiety
or perhaps you a new mother feeling that motherhood is everything but what you expected it to be like?
At Hope Counseling, we know that your pregnancy is special and that your child’s growth and development is paramount. While it’s normal to have emotional ups and downs, many women experience more of the downs or have increasing anxiety during this time. They may find that their low moods keep them from enjoying pregnancy and new parenthood as much as they had hoped. They may feel sad, confused, overwhelmed or anxious – and sometimes all of these at the same time.
We help women assess their moods, with the goal of developing a personalized mental health plan for each patient that can bring back joy and excitement. Treatments may include medication, therapy, support groups or a combination of these approaches. Angela provides specialized counseling for women experiencing depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy.
Secure attachment and healthy cognitive growth start with the mother and father’s mental and emotional health.
We work with young families as they transition through this new phase in their lives. We support our clients with targeted psychotherapeutic interventions that are shown to lower anxiety, alleviate depression, and help new parents regain their equilibrium.
Common Question of New Parents
- How do we parent on the same page if we have different parenting ideas?
- How will we stay connected when we are sleep deprived and taking care of a baby?
- What if I have scary thoughts and don’t want to worry my partner or family?
- What can we do to show each other care, compassion, and kindness?
- How do we not attack each other, but come together to tackle problems?
- How do we stay intimate and sexually connected?
If you are a new mother and recognize any of these questions or emotions, you should know that, with help, pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety are very treatable. Women can, and do respond well to treatment. You do not need to continue to feel this way.
Angela Jensen-Ramirez, LCSW Is Here To Help
In 2002 Angela Jensen-Ramirez began her work with postpartum maternal mental health. She started at the Vista Community Clinic in Vista, California providing social services to teen moms and their babies. She saw the support that new moms need and the support lacking in the community.
From this work, Angela became trained as a Lactation Educator so that she could better inform and support the moms she worked with. This set the foundation for Angela’s work with mothers, fathers, infants, and families as a whole in the years to come.
Angela has served as a volunteer board member with nonprofits supporting perinatal care and women’s health. She has facilitated support groups for new moms and has created classes and trainings for new parents with a focus on the adult attachment bond of the couple. Angela has received clinical training with Postpartum Support International (www.postpartum.net) and keeps up with the latest research and best practices to support parents.
She has a specialization in supporting parents of children with special needs and accommodates parents through video therapy services when needed.
Angela is a mom to three of the best kiddos she knows. She experienced postpartum anxiety and depression with all three. Her particular anxiety and depression presented as fear of leaving the house, scary thoughts, intense irritability, anger, and worry of harm to her babies that kept her up at night.
Your experience is important to Angela and she will hold you in both your fears and heartache. She will help you to move forward and support you through the steps. You do not have to walk this alone.
Getting postpartum support is a necessary element of supporting you so that you can be present with your baby and create that secure attachment bond.
If you feel that you may be experiencing pregnancy or postpartum mood disorder, or worry that you may be at risk of developing it, please contact our counseling center to setup an appointment with Angela Jensen-Ramirez.