Psychologist & Therapist for Mothers and Mothers-to-Be
Counseling areas: Depression in Women / Mothers, Postpartum Depression in Women, Infertility, Pregnancy Loss, Difficult or Unwanted Pregnancy, Children and Parents in Houston and the Woodlands, Texas.
Whether your challenge is starting a family, achieving a fulfilling relationship with your child or feeling better about yourself, it is difficult to keep up your hopes when you are faced with obstacles and setbacks. You may feel discouraged and lonely.
In my work as a psychologist and therapist, I use my specialist training in depression, postpartum depression, infertility, miscarriage, difficult or unwanted pregnancy, early childhood development and parenting, as well as my extensive therapy experience, to provide my clients with a holistic approach, supporting them in overcoming obstacles to reaching their life desires and goals.
My Focus on the Emotional Well Being of Women
I provide therapy to women as they transition through all the various stages of trying to get pregnant, being pregnant and raising children.
The majority of my counseling clients struggle with stress, depression or anxiety related to difficulties getting pregnant, staying pregnant or adjusting to the demands of anew baby and raising young children.
In addition to the struggles women have around fertility issues, many women are dragged down by parenting a baby or preschool child. They can easily end up feeling stuck, depressed and unhappy as they neglect their own self-care.
Since 1997 my patients have showed me that no matter how challenging their situation may be and how devastating their loss, with help they are able to overcome their struggles.
Witnessing women overcome depression, learn how to take care of themselves and enjoy motherhood has been gratifying.
It has been equally rewarding to educate and guide parents through difficult developmental stages of their children’s lives. I have helped them improve their understanding of parenting, overcome frustration, gain confidence, and eventually achieve a fulfilling family relationship.
A Holistic Approach to Therapy and Continuity of Care
Early in my career as a psychologist I realized the need for a holistic approach to therapy that integrates the physical and mental well-being of my clients. I also believe in the importance of providing continuity of care, through the stages of pre-conception, pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. This helps ensure that mother and baby more easily adapt to the transitions they must make.
Therapy for Depression in Women
I have enjoyed working with women and mothers to help them overcome depression. Women often handle overwhelming responsibilities that men don’t. As a counselor, I have supported many woman resolve the stress of being a mother, wife and a working woman and learn how to take care of themselves while taking care of others.
Therapy for the Psychological Aspects of INFERTILITY
As a mother, I understand how being a parent can be one of the most important aspects of life.
I am one of only a handful of specially trained psychologists who is a member of The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in the greater Houston, Texas area. My commitment is to help my therapy clients cope with the emotional aspects of infertility while following or exceeding the high standards formulated in the ASRM guidelines.
Therapy for a Difficult or Unplanned Pregnancy
Pregnancy is not always easy, there can be many challenges that can cause stress, anxiety and depression. As a therapist, I’ve successfully provided counseling to women who have had a high-risk pregnancy due to medical reasons, depression during pregnancy, an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy (or pregnancy where the mother and/or her partner are unsure about having a baby), and also women who have had a previous difficult or traumatic birth experience.
Therapy for Pregnancy Loss
Losing a baby at any point during pregnancy can be physically and emotionally devastating experience. Unresolved grief can linger and even undermine a couple’s relationship. It can also lead to depression and parenting problems. As a counselor with expertise in pregnancy loss, I have provided counseling to many women who were stuck in feelings of sadness, anger and guilt, helping them to recover faster and regain their strength.
Therapy for Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression affects not only the mother, it impacts on the whole family. Both mother and her infant suffer. Counseling can help mothers feel better about themselves, gain control of their feelings, develop parenting skills and enjoy their babies more.
Therapy for Parenting and Infant Bonding
As one of the few psychologists in the country specifically trained to work with parents and children from birth to 3 years of age, I am passionate about the clinical application of research in parent-infant bonding (called attachment theory).
During the course of my psychology training, and in over two decades of clinical therapy practice, I’ve become highly skilled in applying the principles of parent-child bonding to enhance mothers relationships with their babies. in the child’s early years. Research now shows this is crucial in order for parents to create fulfilling and mutually rewarding relationships between themselves and their children.
BA in psychology: Belgrade University, Serbia
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology: Yeshiva University, New York City
Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, New York
Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship
Parent-Infant Therapy at Columbia University in New York City
St.Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital in New York City
Licensed psychologist in the states of Texas and New York
American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
American Psychological Association (APA)
Sam Houston Area Psychological Society
Past President of the Montgomery County Psychological Association Chapter of the Texas Psychological Association
Mentored psychology students in the Texas Medical Center and Houston area.
Taught graduate courses for mental health professionals and nurses.
For a FREE 10 minute telephone consultation call me at (281)-267-1742 or
Dr. Irena Milentijevic is a psychologist and therapist who specializes in counseling mothers and mothers-to-be who are struggling with depression, postpartum depression, stress, loss, difficult or unplanned pregnancy, pregnancy loss and stress due to infertility. She also provides therapy to parents with young children. Her therapy offices are in Houston and in the Woodlands, Texas.