Parenting

Parenting children can be a rewarding part of life. As most parents know, it can also be extremely challenging. And, with so much (often contradictory) information out there about how to parent “right”, it can be difficult to feel confident in your choices.  This can be compounded when you and your partner disagree on parenting decisions or when you are facing additional hurdles like financial difficulties, divorce, mental illness, death or a child with special medical or developmental needs. If you are experiencing excessive feelings of guilt or stress as it relates to parenting, a qualified mental health professional can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today.

Meet the specialists

 

I have been teaching parenting skills since 1997 to the families I worked with and on 2009 I become a trainer/consultant for the Nurturing Parenting Curriculum. I currently provide the training for facilitators of this curriculum and use this knowledge when working with my clients.

— Ana Romero, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in MIRAMAR, FL, FL

Do you feel at a loss with your family? If you knew what to do, you aren't sure you would have the time or energy to do it. I can help you confidently create a caring and resilient family. Your family can be happier and healthier, including you! I have knowledge in a variety of different parenting theories and strategies and am a parent myself. You are the expert on your family while I have expertise in parenting. I'll work with you to identify what works for you and your family.

— Megan Carney, Psychologist in Meridian, ID

Parenting today can be quite challenging; no matter what stage or child or adolescent is in they are experiencing transitions physically and emotionally. Such changes can make it difficult to understand the child's specific needs and wants; and implement effective boundaries. Parent management training affords you with the ability to learn techniques to address your child's problem behaviors and implement effective parenting strategies.

— Diana Hope, Counselor in Mcdonough, GA

Do you feel at a loss with your family? If you knew what to do, you aren't sure you would have the time or energy to do it. I can help you confidently create a caring and resilient family. Your family can be happier and healthier, including you!

— Megan Carney, Psychologist in Meridian, ID
 

I love to support working mothers on the journey of raising healthy, happy, and successful kids. I believe that the best way to do this is to first focus on the wellbeing on the mother herself. Too often mothers become mired in the myth that they need to be "supermoms" who are not only perfect, but completely selfless and continuously available to take care of their children and partners, all the while denying or submerging their own needs, interests and desires. This creates significant pressure and stress, fosters a sense of shame and failure, feeds resentment, and leads us to abandon real connection in favor of presenting a perfect image. All of this makes it harder for moms to, not only parent effectively, but to provide the kind of example we would want to have our children follow as they become parents in the future.

— Raquel Muller, Psychologist in Tigard, OR

I am a certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapist with proven success in teaching parents skills to manage children’s behaviors related to anxiety, anger, depression, trauma, attachment issues, and autism.

— Rena McGrath, Licensed Professional Counselor in Salem, OR
 

I have been teaching parenting classes for over 20 years. I regularly speak to school PTAs/PTOs, church MOPs and mothers groups on a wide variety of parenting topics. I hosted a parenting podcast for 2 years (Passport to Parenting). I help parents and divorced co-parents support their children to live exceptional lives.

— Ann DeWitt, Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

Don’t you wish your kids came with a “how to” manual for parenting? From infants, to toddlers, to adolescence, all aspects of life come with evolving challenges. As you experience your children learning new lessons in life, does it seem as if they are in a place where they either do not need you or nothing you can say is right? I'm sure you have a lot of frustration centered around wanting to be a good father, but just cannot seem to avoid exploding in anger or even isolating yourself from the family. Maybe it feels like your partner doesn't support your fathering or parenting style, often resulting in explosive arguments. Have you ever felt forced by your father or society to be a “real man?” Maybe you had an abusive father or no father at all. Maybe you grew up thinking that you’re going to be a better dad than yours was to you, but now find yourself struggling and making some of the same mistakes. How do men do it? Do men act out in rage? Does anger control the situation? Can anger and rage surface as signs of depression? Maybe what we do as men is we chose to isolate from everyone else through substance use or even through video games or television. Often, what goes unrecognized to us as men are societal constraints, often used as expectations, that stop us from actually being the father we want to be.

— Jeremy Allen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO

Parents are the key. I appreciate how hard it is to be a parent these days. I have been teaching parenting classes and helping stressed-out parents move beyond their frustrations and into confident parenting for years. Helping parents move from enforcers to supporters is at the core of my work with parents. I help parents see the value in understanding the "why" behind their child's misbehavior and develop parenting strategies that nurture self-esteem, trust, and connection. Through the process, I support parents to understand their experience with their own parents and how it might be interfering with parenting their own children. I want parents to love being parents as much as they love their child.

— S. Abigail McCarrel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arcadia, CA
 

I am a certified Hand in Hand Parenting Trainer and teach Parenting by Connection in both a class setting and in working with parents individually. http://www.sfbayplaytherapy.com/parenting-support.html

— Karen Wolfe, Marriage & Family Therapist in San francisco, CA
 

Would you like to experience more calm, ease, and flow in your family? Would you like to work as a team with your partner and children? I am here to support you during the many transitions that occur in your life as a parent whether you are expecting a child, have a toddler, or teens. I can help give you more tools for your parenting toolbox which will help you feel more calm, connected, and confident as a parent. We all want to feel successful in the most important job we have!

— Carlene Lehmann, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
 

I work with many parents on building attachment, creating positive routines at home, and identifying patterns that they may have picked up from the way they were parented. I help parents identify triggers or areas where they are stuck or highly emotionally reactive, and we practice ways to take care of yourself as a parent as well as implement positive behavior strategies to address children's behavior at home.

— Kaleigh Boysen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

I know for a fact that you are not the only one. I have listened to all types of caregivers (adoptive, foster, biological, guardians, grandparents, step-parents, life partners…), who are parts of all types of families, describe situations so similar to yours it’s almost uncanny. When I tell you "Nope, I don’t think your kid is crazy. And I don’t think you’re a bad parent either." it’s because I believe you when you tell me what it’s been like at home and I know - it isn’t just you.

— Laura Morlok, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Damascus, MD
 

My passion is supporting parents! Having parented a strong willed child, I understand the frustration parents can feel when traditional parenting doesn't work. And understand that sometimes good parents just need specialized skills to get their children's behavior under control. With PCIT we can work together to transform your child's behaviors and bring peace and joy back to your everyday interactions with your child again

— Dawn Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redlands, CA

Parent coaching Family communication and conflict Single parenting, Divorce and Co-parenting Behavior issues and family dynamics Adoptive Families Discipline and Collaborative Parenting Trauma Informed Parenting of Struggling Children and Teens Wilderness and Therapeutic Intervention Program Consultation

— Gwen Kinney, Counselor in Austin, TX
 

I, myself, am a father and can relate to your parenting struggles in many ways. I can teach many parenting skills that actually effective. I am also specialized in children and adolescents; therefore, if I can provide therapy for your child while I provide parenting skills to you, a chance for you to obtain satisfactory outcome is much higher. Parenting can remind you of your own parents sometimes in a good way and other times not so in a good way; this makes you remember what kind of parents you wanted to be and didn't want to be. Yet, you sometimes notice you are making the same mistake your parents made. Well, bravo for your awareness. That is the first stage. The second stage is to change your behavior, which can be achieved through therapy. Parenting can be very lonely too; and sometimes you need someone to talk to with the feeling of safety that it is confidential. Parenting can create a lot of self-blame although you know you shouldn't. I am here for you and your children.

— Tatsuya Arakawa, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Torrance, CA

I specialize in providing trauma-informed therapeutic consultation to parents and caregivers of children and adolescents, with an emphasis on the needs and dynamics of transracial fost-adopt families. I help parents and caregivers to address the various ways in which race, power, and privilege impact the lives of their children and influence the parenting / caregiving relationship. I use my therapeutic assessment skills to provide targeted, solution -focused brief treatment.

— Elena Baikova, Clinical Psychologist in Dublin, CA

Parenting is hard work and I will be the first to admit that I struggle with it myself, this is why I'm passionate about working with families, parents, children, and teens when it comes to parenting issues. There is no such thing as a perfect parent we are constantly learning what works and what doesn't for each of our families. There is not a "one size fits all" approach to parenting. I am here to support you in all areas of parenting whether that is as a struggling teen trying to get your parents to understand you, or as a child who doesn't know how to "talk" to their parents, or as a adult who feels like you are failing at this parenting thing. Together we will conquer parenting fears, struggles, and build strong parenting skills.

— Erica London, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Vancouver, WA
 

As a mother of four children, I understand the need to balance raising children, purusing a career, and establishing work-life balance. I enjoy helping Moms find self-care activities that they can incorporate into their busy lives. I work with parents of children experiencing mental health issues, normal growth and developmental issues, and those with children with special needs.

— Michele Davidson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Virginia Beach, VA
 

Do you feel at a loss with your family? If you knew what to do, you aren't sure you would have the time or energy to do it. I can help you confidently create a caring and resilient family. Your family can be happier and healthier, including you!

— Megan Carney, Psychologist in Meridian, ID
 

Parenting can be one of the hardest jobs there is! I love working with parents who are interested in learning more about themselves in order to best support their children and families. Parenting can bring up many different emotions, some tied to our own childhoods and experiences. It is important to seek out support and a safe place to process these emotions. We will work together to find solutions that work in your home and with your history.

— Clara Rivers, Clinical Social Worker in Roseville, MN
 

It is not easy to take care of yourself when you've got kids. As moms, we have a tendency to put their needs (and wants) above our own. We forget to take time out and reaffirm our identities as individuals. Instead, we become solely know as, "Aria's Mom." Going to therapy gives you 55 minutes of uninterrupted YOU time - to remember your name and figure out who you are. We can also process this whole "parenting" thing and figure out how you can be the best mom you can be!

— Tina Gutman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in West Bloomfield, MI

Supporting parents at various stages of their journey is something I genuinely enjoy. While I'm not a family/child counselor, I do apply my knowledge of developmental psychology to parenting challenges both in the service of supporting kids and to support my clients' own psychological wellbeing so they can realize their personal values around parenthood. Parenting is fraught with judgment in our culture, and I offer a safe, non-judgmental space to talk about the very unglamorous side of this phase of life.

— Katie Playfair, Counselor in Portland, OR

I intentionally studied to be a parent for decades before finally giving it a try -- and I learned that there's nothing like the real thing to truly prepare you. In addition to my own parenting experience, my undergraduate degree in Human Development & Family Studies enabled me to help other parents find ways to meet both their own needs and those of their children. My work has ranged from teaching Parent Education classes to helping children and parents in the realm of foster care and adoption, providing guidance and support for parents struggling on a financial edge or in the shadows of poverty, illness, and addiction. I've served the emotional wellness needs of people who struggled to become parents, parents grieving lost children, and parents letting go of young adult children. It is a crazy loving business, parenting -- and my respect for those engaged in it is profound.

— Tracy Morris, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Spring, TX
 

One of my favorite focuses in therapy is in helping parents to learn effective parenting skills for their particular child so that they feel empowered and able to manage their child’s behavior in a positive and effective manner. I am a certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapist and have also been trained as a Parent-Child Relationship Therapist.

— Rena McGrath, Licensed Professional Counselor in Salem, OR

The basis of my parenting philosophy is a combination of mindful parenting, brain based science, and Collaborative Problem Solving. \nI blend all three of these philosophies in my coaching practice. Taking into account the age, developmental level and needs of the child, along with the needs of the parent(s), I help you design a style of parenting that best suits your family.

— Lisa Wittorff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR
 

I have been teaching parenting since 1994 when I was trained to teach the powerful Redirecting Children's Behavior parenting class. I am a sought after speaker and educator and have lead workshops and seminars at many schools, corporations, religious institutions and conferences. My area of expertise is working with individuals, couples and families who are separated or divorced. I provide co-parenting counseling, reunification counseling, family counseling and parenting sessions.

— Jill Kaufman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Princeton, NJ

Do you feel at a loss with your family? If you knew what to do, you aren't sure you would have the time or energy to do it. I can help you confidently create a caring and resilient family. Your family can be happier and healthier, including you! I have knowledge in a variety of different parenting theories and strategies and am a parent myself. You are the expert on your family while I have expertise in parenting. I'll work with you to identify what works for you and your family.

— Megan Carney, Psychologist in Meridian, ID

Would you like to experience more CALM, EASE, and FLOW in your family? Would you like to WORK AS A TEAM with your partner and children? I am here to support you during the many transitions that occur in your life as a parent whether you are expecting a child, have a toddler, or teens. I can help give you MORE TOOLS FOR YOUR PARENTING TOOLBOX which will help you FEEL MORE CALM, CONNECTED, AND CONFIDENT as a parent. We all want to FEEL SUCCESSFUL in the most important job we have!

— Carlene Lehmann, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

Along with my work with children and adolescents, I work closely with parents helping them through the tribulations of raising their family. When children or adolescents don't want to come into treatment, I can work with the parent as a coach to help them support their children.

— Natalia El-Sheikh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Castro Valley, CA
 

I hold a masters degree in Social and Developmental Psychology - my thesis research focused on parent-child communication and conflict. I have additional training in Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), Positive Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Interpersonal Neurobiology (the brain/mind/relationship connection). I am a Gottman Bringing Baby Home trained educator and offer classes for new parents.

— Carly Henderson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Many of my workshops & groups are related to parenting & attachment. I've trained for several years with Hand in Hand Parenting, an attachment-focused and trauma-savvy approach to gentle parenting. Modern brain science has a lot to share about the power of emotions. I've studied with several leaders in the field of attachment + interpersonal neurobiology, especially related to gaps in early development as a result of chronic stress, adoption, grief & loss, or childhood trauma.

— MereAnn Reid, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

As a previous special education teacher and school counselor, my understanding of children in the family system is unique. I have helped a variety of challenging children find ways of becoming more effective in a multitude of environments. I have experience being a facilitator for Love and Logic techniques, conducting the parenting program at a substance abuse residential facility, and 3 years of experience and rapport now with the local DHR, as a vendor providing in-home services to parents.

— Desiree Stone, Counselor in Florence, AL