Motherhood and parenting can often be more stressful and challenging than you expected.
Nobody could have prepared you for the toll having children has taken on your life, your relationships, and your sense of self. You love your kids, and there is so much about life that works, but the daily stresses and challenges leave you feeling trapped and tired each day.
As a mom, it is easy to neglect your own needs when you are feeling overwhelmed and stretched. These days you need superhuman strength to parent young children during Covid. You may have a newborn, a toddler, and a child in online school. What is being asked of you feels impossible. You are trying to keep your family from not falling apart while balancing work, relationships, health and household duties.
Focusing on yourself as a mom may feel selfish…
But, you know you are a better mom when you make yourself a priority. It is time for you to feel more confident, happy and calm.
I’m Malaika, a mom and a therapist, specializing in helping moms and parents in all stages of parenthood including pregnancy, postpartum, adoption and beyond. With my background as a play therapist, I bring a unique perspective to supporting parents in the adjustment to parenthood and parenting young children.
Whether you are seeking support as an expecting or new family, for yourself in motherhood, or working through an adoption or parenting, I am here to walk with you. My specialties include therapy for moms, perinatal and postpartum support, emdr for birth and perinatal trauma, and parenting. I am an interactive and encouraging therapist with no judgment or shame. Just come as you are and breathe.
I will help you to find hope and purpose again.
Hi, I’m Malaika Clelland
I am passionate about encouraging emotional wellness in Moms. New moms and growing families often experience more stress and challenges than they expected. Many emotions accompany this time of life as you adjust to starting a family, raising babies and parenting young children. I am here to offer you hope if you are struggling in this season.
When you work with me, I bring over 20 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. (LCSW21371) I received my Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, and I have specialized training in Maternal Mental Health, Perinatal and Birth Trauma, Adoption, EMDR and Play Therapy. In addition, I am a certified Perinatal Mental Health Therapist through Postpartum International.
I live with my two girls, husband, dog, and bunny (the kids pet!) in Mission Viejo. I grew up in Portland, Oregon but have called Orange County my home for the past 9 years.
Contact Me Today to schedule your Free 20 minute phone consultation
I’d love to find out how I can help you and if I’m the right therapist for you