Jamie Van Zanen, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
As a hospice social worker for nearly ten years I provided anticipatory grief and loss support, resource navigation, and end of life care and guidance for patients and their families. Following my own struggle with infertility and eventually the birth of my own motherhood, I made a career U-turn to the start of life. I now provide therapeutic support at Family Tree Wellness Center in Los Gatos to individuals and couples coping with fertility challenges, pregnancy, grief and loss, postpartum mood disorders, and beyond.
The similarities between the beginning and end of life continues to astound me. Changing roles and identities; feelings of anxiety, depression and grief; the importance of caring for the caregiver; both the fragility and resilience that is built into every human; the transitions from womb to life and from life to death; and ultimately the art of living with the unknown…
As one who is intimately familiar with personal loss, infertility and motherhood, I find it an absolute honor when given opportunity to support others through their journeys of uncertainty and hope. I am especially passionate about working with those exploring fertility treatment, pregnancy after infertility, grief and loss, individuals living with cancer and fertility challenges, and new moms coping with unexpected moods and an evolving identity.
B.A. Psychology & B.A. Asian American Studies @ University of California, Santa Barbara, 2002
Master of Social Work @ San Jose State University, 2006
Licensed Clinical Social Worker #LCSW61669
American Society for Reproductive Medicine: Mental Health Professional Group
Resolve: The National Infertility Association, Professional Member
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT
Postpartum Support International and 2020 Mom: Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training for Mental Health and Clinical Professionals
What to Expect at Your Visit
The decision to seek therapy is a very personal and many times difficult choice to make. It is not uncommon to put therapy on that never ending "to do" list with no follow through. And it often takes great strength and courage to make that initial call for help.
As your therapist, I believe that your comfort and confidence are of utmost importance and I recognize the value of your time. In our sessions you will find that I have an eclectic and relaxed approach to therapy that may include mindfulness, humanistic, Internal Family Systems (IFS) parts work, and humor. It is important to me that we start where you are emotionally ready, and together we will explore your innate strengths and resiliency.
My office is located at Family Tree Wellness Center, a small group practice made up of six wonderful therapists dedicated to maternal mental health. I believe that you will find the office to be warm and inviting with plenty of parking! Family Tree Wellness Center: www.familytreewellness.org