Perinatal Mental Health Therapy

Specializing in Infertility, Pregnancy, Postpartum and Birth Trauma/Loss


In Orange County and online in the state of California

Motherhood and the path to becoming a parent can often be more stressful and challenging than you expected.


Nobody could have prepared you for the ups and downs that have affected your life, your relationships, and your sense of self. There is so much about life that works, but the daily stresses and challenges of your journey leave you feeling trapped and overwhelmed.

As a woman, it is easy to neglect your own needs when you are feeling anxious and stressed. These days you need superhuman strength to parent babies and young children and care for yourself. What is being asked of you feels impossible. You are trying to keep your family from falling apart while balancing relationships, health concerns, work and household duties.

Birth Trauma, NICU stays, pregnancy loss, and struggles on the path to becoming a parent can feel like too much. You want to bury your head and not get up on many days. Not many people want to talk about the hard parts of your journey. You never could have anticipated the challenges you would have that leave you feeling alone and scared.

Focusing on yourself may feel selfish…

But, you know you are a better mom and/or partner when you make yourself a priority. It is time for you to feel more confident, happy and hopeful.
I’m Malaika, a mom and a therapist, specializing in helping women during pregnancy, postpartum, and the journey to motherhood. 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 for the birth trauma you have been through, the struggles getting pregnant and staying pregnant or a pregnancy loss, I am here to walk with you. My specialties include therapy for pregnancy and postpartum, high risk pregnancy / NICU stays and EMDR for birth and perinatal trauma. 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.

Malaika Clelland offers family therapy in orange county

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, Perinatal EMDR, Adoption, and Play Therapy. In addition, I am a certified Perinatal Mental Health Therapist through Postpartum Support International and a certified EMDR therapist through EMDRIA. 

I live with my two girls, husband, and our dog in Mission Viejo. I grew up in Portland, Oregon but have called Orange County my home for the past 11 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

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