A Conversation About Maternal Wellness with Licensed Therapist Meggie Zanger

The journey to motherhood looks different for everyone, as does the experience of becoming a mother. Sometimes these experiences can look different than what we expected them to, and that can take a toll on our mental health. The good news is, moms don’t have to go through this alone. Mental health professionals, such as Meggie Zanger, are here to help support women during this life-changing time in their lives.

Recently, I was able to have a conversation with Meggie to learn more about how she supports women with her mental health practice. Read on to find out more!

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Q&A with Perinatal Mental Health Counselor Meggie Zanger

Tell me about yourself and your qualifications.

I’m a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and certified in perinatal mental health (PMH-C).

As a LPCC, I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling as well as training and experience in providing evidenced-based counseling services to a diverse clientele, addressing a variety of mental health needs, including anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, grief and loss, and stage of life adjustments.

As a PMH-C, I have additional training and expertise in supporting the mental and emotional health needs of those in the perinatal period, which begins with navigating infertility or reproductive loss and continues through postpartum. I’m dedicated to supporting moms in realizing their own strength and resilience, empowering them to be their most authentic selves.

How did you become interested in specializing in women’s mental health, specifically around childbirth?

As a woman and a mother, my specialization in perinatal mental health holds deep personal significance for me. I’ve always been passionate about supporting women, recognizing the unique pressures and challenges we face that can profoundly impact our mental well-being. Furthermore, my own journey into motherhood has taught me firsthand that it’s far from easy; every individual encounters their own set of hurdles along the way.

During my own reproductive struggles, I sought support and shared my story with loved ones. As a psychotherapist, expressing this vulnerability felt natural to me, but I acknowledge this can be quite difficult for many women due to stigma and the societal pressure to be a “perfect” mom. Through sharing my experiences, I was astonished to discover the widespread impact of perinatal issues such as infertility, miscarriage, termination for medical reasons, birth trauma, and mood/anxiety disorders during pregnancy and postpartum.

My personal journey, alongside the stories of countless other mothers, illuminated the critical need for counseling support during this phase of life. This realization fueled my decision to specialize in perinatal mental health, aiming to provide the compassionate care and support that all moms and their partners deserve so they know that they are not alone.

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What do you want women who may be considering therapy to know?

1) No one truly can prepare you for motherhood or the journey it takes to get there in the first place, but with the right support, you can do this. Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing – two things can be true.

2) Perinatal anxiety, depression, and related challenges are incredibly common yet highly treatable. Moreover, you don’t need a formal diagnosis to feel that some days are exceptionally challenging. You deserve support too.

3) So many women out there are feeling just like you. You’re not alone, and you’re not meant to be. If you’re thinking about therapy but aren’t sure if you’re ready or have some questions, reach out for a free chat. I’d be happy to connect with you and help you determine next steps. My top priority is ensuring you receive the support that you need and deserve, whether it’s with me or another provider.

What ages do you provide services for?

I work with adults of all ages (18+). I work with both individuals and couples.

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Do you provide both in-person and online services?

Yes, I do! I find the hybrid approach works best.

For some (especially new moms) it’s preferred to have therapy from the comfort of their home. Virtual sessions allow for greater convenience and make psychological services available when they would not be otherwise, cutting out traveling distance from a physical office. This also enables me to see people throughout the state of CA. It’s not always easy finding someone close by that specializes in perinatal mental health so virtual can be a great avenue to get the support you are looking for.

For others, in-person is preferred, and I offer therapy in my San Jose office. Some feel most comfortable opening up in this setting, especially if there isn’t enough privacy in their home. In addition, getting out of the house can be good for you too!

Where can people find you online?




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Perinatal Mental Health Care with Meggie Zanger

Thank you so much, Meggie, for joining me for this Q&A. I hope that all women are able to find the help and support they need during their journey to motherhood and beyond.

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