Thank you for considering Postnatal Support Advocates on your emotional wellness journey through motherhood. Our founders, affectionally referred to as "The Jenns", established PSA after practicing traditional mental health counseling in a private practice setting for years. During this time, they listened to client after client talk about the adverse impacts of isolation in motherhood, lack of a village, inadequate or non-existent paid maternity leave, societal disregard for and devaluation of unpaid parenting & domestic labor, birth trauma, obstetric violence and more.
Often, mamas did not have language for or representation of these painful experiences, and the impact persisted years after birth. Mothers themselves, The Jenns knew there had to be a better way. Then PSA was born. What initially began as an in-home, postnatal 4th trimester program has quickly grown into a full service mental health team of mama counselors serving mama clients at any point on their journey through motherhood. It is an honor and a privilege to be on this path with you.
Flexible & Supportive Counseling Options
We understand the complexities of motherhood as we currently know it: juggling responsibilities, managing childcare, and availability for appointments to name a few. Sometimes you need to get out of the house for a bit. Sometimes its too stressful to think about packing up all of baby's things and leaving the house. Sometimes what you thought would be an in-office visit has to be switched to telehealth because a kiddo is sick. We get it because we know it, and we are flexible. This is why we offer sessions in-person at your home, in-person at our office or virtually via telehealth.
We are dedicated to removing or reducing the barrier of cost to our clients whenever and wherever possible. As licensed mental health professionals, we are able to insurance for services we provide. We are proud to accept Delaware Medicaid and most major commercial insurance plans.
POSTNATAL 4TH TRIMESTER PROGRAM
The PSA 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. If you prefer to meet in-office, virtually or a combination of all three, we offer that too; we support you wherever you are.
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.
Emotional Wellness Visits
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.
OUR MODEL + APPROACH
Maria Ruiz-Alfaro, MSW
Choosing to go into the career of social work was such an important decision to make, let me join you on your new journey! I am a second year intern graduating in December with my Masters in Social Work. If there is anything I have learned during this journey I would say it is the importance of support, guidance, and to be heard.
I understand the impact challenges can have on our daily routines and how important it is to have support/be provided with resources. I am fully committed and look forward to this journey with you.
Sunny Benjamin, LCSW
I'm an immigrant, mother, military spouse and woman...and those things alone make me unique. I am an unconventional therapist that can break things down in simple terms rather than clinical jargon, while still providing therapeutic support. A lot of times we steer away from therapy because it feels like a place of judgement and vulnerability that we're not ready for. My goal is to help my clients feel comfortable...
Alyana Blythe, LPCMH
I am a licensed professional counselor with over 5 years of experience serving diverse populations. I believe every individual has within themselves the capacity to create change in their lives. With skilled guidance and a compassionate approach, I can assist you in developing the tools and insights towards your goals. Leading with empathy, I work to create a safe and collaborative environment for my clients to...
Pre, Peri & Postnatal Resources in Delaware
We keep an active, up-to-date resources and referral list for pregnant and post-birth parents. Please take some time to check it out!
CONNECT WITH US
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Our providers are committed to an anti-patriarchal, anti-white supremacist 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 members of and/or aspiring allies to the LGBTQIA+ community, communities of color, and individuals & groups adversely impacted by oppressive ideology, institutions & systems.