Maternal Mental Health Specialist
Anna Netzel (she/her/hers) is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), specializing in perinatal mood disorders and maternal mental health. As a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Counselor (PMH-C), she provides postpartum depression counseling and treatment for other maternal mental health concerns. Anna also provides general psychotherapy for mood and anxiety disorders to adolescents and young adults. She treats clients online and in the South Barrington office, near Schaumburg, Palatine, and Inverness, Illinois.
Education and Training
Anna began her career as a School Social Worker and transitioned to private practice in 2018. Anna graduated from Dominican University in 2014 with her Master’s in Social Work and her professional educator’s license, type 73. She completed internships at Adoption Link in Oak Park, and at Glenbard North High School, where she worked as a school social worker. Anna worked with both students in special and mainstream education tracts, to help students manage social concerns, anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Anna has worked extensively in education and at both public and therapeutic school settings where she has managed caseloads of students with 504 plans and IEPs. Anna was able to implement mindfulness programs in school and created groups to help aid in social development and emotional regulation. Well-versed in adolescent mental health, she is able to advocate for families to develop and implement 504 Plans and IEPs.
In 2018, Anna completed her Postpartum Support International Certification (PMH-C), one of the world’s leading organizations helping parents with perinatal mood disorders (e.g., postpartum depression), to work with families in the perinatal period. Anna completed her training and received her certification as a perinatal mental health specialist in 2020. Anna has been counseling parents with anxiety, depression, OCD, fertility concerns, trauma, and loss since 2018.
Clinical Interests and Approaches
Anna has a passion for providing postpartum depression counseling and working with women/parents and families in the perinatal period and throughout mother/parenthood. She uses a mindfulness approach to therapy and incorporates techniques from the nation’s leading postpartum researcher, Karen Kleiman. Anna uses a holistic approach to help client’s build on their own strengths. She also uses treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. Anna believes in healing through building a strong therapeutic relationship. Developing trust between herself and clients creates a safe space where clients can feel they are able to create change for themselves.