August: A Focus on Families

The therapists we've featured here are specialists, passionate about supporting families of all kinds, and helping them on their journey. ​​​​​​​

We support families of all kinds

At TherapyDen, we embrace families of all kinds. We work with families to address the unique challenges they face and celebrate the love and support that they provide.

Community leaders voice out

In working with families, one pattern I'm seeing is stress and conflict stemming from excessive use of electronic devices. Whether used for work or entertainment, use -- or rather abuse -- of electronic media is a major contributor to our overall stress levels. Device usage not kept in check can become a huge time sucker at best and a full fledged addiction at worst. Family members spend a great deal of time not just using devices, but also arguing about them and trying to manage one another's use of the devices. If I were to give one word of advice to help families cope with the down side of technology, I would recommend that when going out or doing something as a family, agree that all family members except one will leave there phones and other devices at home. One phone can be taken for "just in case". It's a simple act that can go a long way in creating an environment in which family members can enjoy the moment and one another's company without the usual distraction.

Anna Grinshpun, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor


I’ve been in the mental health field for nearly a decade. I spent about 5 years within the local public school system, so I’ve spent lots of time talking through teenage drama, listening to angry kids, and guiding teens through anxiety or identity issues. I have a passion for listening to and guiding young people in the journeys and struggles as they discover, define, and decide who they are in this big, beautiful world. I am passionate about pointing them in a positive direction (or steer away from a negative one), listening when they feel misunderstood, helping their parents understand or deal with their struggles, and being a small part of their journey as they grow into savvy adults. However, I’m also a mom to two kids, so I understand both sides of the coin a bit. I get what parents go through in walking that walk with their children and understand that sometimes you make good decisions for young people who don’t understand or appreciate yet all that you do for them. It’s a bit unrealistic to work with young people without also incorporating their families. Family is so important. We all come from one, we build our own, and we learn within one. It’s empowering to help families build better communication skills, cope more appropriately with one another’s triggers or struggles, and grow closer in supporting each other.

Leah Payne, Mental Health Counselor

Therapists that specialize in working with families