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Postnatal Support Advocates

Our Philosophy

We know that connection to emotional wellness support immediately following birth is crucial to adapting + flourishing. We are deeply committed to providing this support to all postnatal parents during the foundational 4th trimester + beyond. Whether it is your 1st or 10th birth, you shouldn't have to wait to be connected to resources. We provide immediate, ongoing services in the comfort of a your own home while you are acclimating to this life changing event.

 

When adequately served and supported, postnatal parents are afforded:

  • Rest, recovery and repair of the mind-body system after birth.

  • Potential reduction of nervous system complications like anxiety, depression, PTSD, and postpartum mood + trauma disorders.

  • Interventions that promote a secure parent-infant bond.

 

We are dedicated to removing or reducing the barrier of cost to our clients whenever and wherever possible. As Licensed Clinical Social Workers, we are able to bill your insurance for services we provide. We are proud to accept Delaware Medicaid and most major commercial insurance plans.

Our Model + Approach

In Home Emotional Wellness Visits

What to Expect

We maintain that if postnatal parents were adequately served and supported as a standard of care, there will be less likelihood to develop postnatal mood disorders like postpartum depression. Through implementation of The Briar Approach and an Interpersonal Psychology model of mental health and emotional wellness treatment, Postnatal Support Advocates will provide  counseling services throughout your 4th trimester (12 - 16 weeks). During your visits we will be addressing and helping you resolve common adversities that arise in four key areas:

  • Interpersonal strains like social isolation or unfulfilling relationships.

  • All that encompasses the life transitions around childbirth.

  • Managing stages of grief common during transition and adaptation to a new baby.

  • Interpersonal disputes that emerge from conflicting expectations between partners, family members, close friends and loved ones.

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Meet the jenns

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Jen Sellitto-Penoza, LCSW (she/her/hers)

Co-Founder of Postnatal Support Advocates

Psychotherapist

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Jennifer Ewald, LCSW, M.Ed. (she/her/hers)

Co-Founder of Postnatal Support Advocates

Psychotherapist

Jen Sellitto-Penoza is the sole practitioner and owner of Acceptance Counseling, LLC and the Co-Founder of Postnatal Support Advocates.

 

Jen is a native Delawarean with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology & Women’s Studies from the University of Delaware, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Widener University and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Delaware since 2013.

 

As a Psychotherapist Jen is grounded in Social Justice Values. As such, she works diligently to create  safe, open, supportive and accepting spaces in an effort to establish valuable connections with clients for them to process their concerns, enhance their awareness, create healing and address any issues that are keeping them from engaging in life as they desire.

 

In her years before operating in a private practice setting, Jen had the honor of working with many adolescents and adults, through group & individual counseling as well as programs established to help those who are healing from and to prevent experiences of relational and sexual abuse. Jen also has experience in crisis management, education, outreach, advocacy, and primary prevention work.

 

In August 2018, Jen established her own private practice, Acceptance Counseling, in Middletown, Delaware. In July of 2020 she moved her location for more flexibility to 505 Main St. Odessa. She works individually with young adults, adults and older adults who are working through a variety of concerns, including but not limited to: general life adjustments and transitions, stress, school/work/life balance, self-esteem, coping skills, communication skills, relationships, sexuality, Anxiety, Panic, OCD, Depression, Grief/Loss, ADHD, HSP, PTSD, PPD, PPA, Trauma and Abuse. Jen affirms LGBTQIA+, Kink & Poly experiences, is consistently working to be Anti-racist & to implement an Anti-oppression ideology as well as to be fully inclusive in her practice.

 

Jen understands the challenges that people have in their attempts to access a meaningful connection with a mental health provider in order to achieve the healing, growth & support they seek. As such she is fully committed to providing the energy, space, information and supportive relationship necessary to do the challenging but fulfilling work. To do so, she utilizes herself within a variety of therapy modalities such as Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based (Meditation, Yoga & Reiki), Trauma-Focused, Gestalt/Experiential, Psychodynamic, ISTT (Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).

 

During her years of practicing in the field of psychotherapy, Jen has been in awe to witness the triumph of the human spirit’s ability to heal & grow and she is constantly humbled to be a part of clients’ journeys to healing and wellness. As humans, we are relational beings, therefore healing and growth are most optimal in the context of a supportive human relationship. Jen strives to provide this type of relationship for any & all clients that she is fortunate to come into contact with in her practice. Jen is excited to utilize her experience and passion as a Postnatal Support Advocate as she understands that the transition to parenthood is one of the most critical and incredible transitions of our human experience.  Jen is truly humbled to be able to bear witness and support birthing parents in their all encompassing experience.

Jennifer Ewald is a Delaware native who holds a Dual Bachelors Degree from the University of Delaware in Psychology & Women’s Studies and a Dual Masters Degree in Social Work & Human Sexuality Education from Widener University.

Jenn is the founder of Balanced Mind Counseling, established in 2015 in Middletown, Delaware and 2018 in Milford, Delaware. She is also the Co-Founder of The Healing Cottage, a holistic healing and community space where bodies of all shapes, sizes, colors, abilities, orientations + identities are valued and welcome. In 2021, she and Jen Sellitto-Penoza co-founded Postnatal Support Advocates, which provides in-home emotional wellness visits and support during the 4th trimester + beyond.

Jenn is a well-seasoned Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is both fully rooted in social work values while simultaneously challenging oppressive ideology, in any and all places that affect our lives, including the field of social work itself. She is fiercely passionate about constantly continuing her work towards being an anti-racist, inclusive practitioner and advocate for justice. As such, Jenn fully understands that entering into a counseling/emotional wellness relationship can be an unfamiliar, uncomfortable and difficult decision. This is why she is dedicated to creating a safe, supportive & trustworthy environment for clients to explore, heal and grow.

 

Jenn has a holistic, collaborative and strengths-based approach to mental  wellness. Her therapy practice is deeply entrenched in the strength, justice, integrity, dignity and worth of the person. Because the mind and body are inextricably connected, she also integrates mindful therapy practices, such as yoga, reiki and somatic therapy techniques, into her sessions as a powerful healing tool.

Jenn specializes in working with pregnant and postnatal clients, couples, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, birth trauma survivors, and clients interested in holistic healing practices. She is an ardent advocate for gestational parents' birthing rights and postnatal care. As such, she has dedicated much of her time and energy on becoming well informed and trained as a Birth Monopoly Know Your Rights Constituent, bebo mia Maternal Support Practitioner and a DONA International Birth & Postpartum Doula as a means to fully support clients during their pregnancy, 4th trimester and beyond.

Jenn is also available for speaking engagements, consultation and licensing supervision. She considers it an honor and privilege to be on this healing and wellness journey with her clients.

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Photos by A Johnson

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Our postnatal support providers are committed to an anti-racist and anti-patriarchal approach to care with a focus on inclusivity, diversity and regular examination of our own implicit biases. We are wholeheartedly committed to serving ALL families with respect and compassion. We are aspiring allies to the LGBTQIA+ community, communities of color, and oppressed people.

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