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 work with parents to implement positive parenting techniques. Decrease contentious arguments and power struggles and learn to create healthy flexible boundaries for their children.

— Leonna Chodos, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

I have over a decade of clinically-relevant experience in working with children and their parents. Graduate-level coursework on clinical work with families, clinical training, supervision, and over a year of family therapy and parent support work for parents/caregivers of children with special needs and severe emotional disturbance.

— Sophia DeVito, Social Worker

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, Licensed Professional 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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Spring, TX

Parenting is challenging to the extreme! It can lead people to feeling depleted, lonely, and even depressed. It was never meant to be a job that we do in isolation. As a clinical psychologist and mother of two, I draw on my experience to help parents heal from past childhood wounds, understand what is hindering their effectiveness as parents, receive the emotional support they need, and then learn easy tools to employ immediately to improve their relationship with their children.

— Anat Ben-Zvi, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist in New York, NY

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

Extensive experience working with parents on issues related to understanding developmental stages, parenting alone-lacking in confidence, appropriate discipline, setting good examples, establishing healthy boundaries, soliciting support, etc.

— Karen D Sutton, Clinical Social Worker in Decatur, GA

As a Clinical Psychologist immersed in appreciating the developmental challenges of growing up, I view parents as critical influencers, but also taking the brunt of life-stress. Helping parents do their teamwork more efficiently, helping parents with structure and consistency, and helping parents work collaboratively with their children to problem-solve and make the family “work” better together are the goals here.

— Cathleen Rea, Clinical Psychologist in Charlottesville, VA

Parenting infants and young children can stretch your brain and body to new limits. Even though there are many books about parenting, it still seems like your child came without an instruction manual. During this time, you may feel like you're not a good parent. In reality, you are exactly what your child needs. Together, you and I can help you get the tools you need to parent your child in a way that feel culurally authentic to you, while still being healthy, and just what the doctor ordered.

— Dr. LaTrice L Dowtin, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

I am certified in Circle of Security Parenting and Trust Based Relational Intervention. I can help you learn ways to connect with your child, to get your child to follow directions without power struggles and to see where your past experiences may be impacting your parenting and how to make changes so you’re present and intentional with your parenting choices.

— Kylee Nelson, Counselor in Tulsa, OK

A large portion of my caseload since graduate school has been devoted to parenting concerns. My dissertation, which was published, was about parenting. I have continued to research the topic, receiving grant funds for doing so and even writing a book about it.

— Amy Murrell, Clinical Psychologist in Cordova, TN

Parenting and child concerns go hand-in-hand. I offer both to ensure that all areas are covered when working with children and parents. Working with child behavior and parent responses are both important to healthy parent-child relationships.

— Mallory Striesfeld, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

The parent therapy sessions I offer provide parents of children with ADHD with related information, parenting tips, strategies conducive to the ADHD brain, and a safe place to ask questions, explore options, or even just vent. The parenting boundaries, rewards, and consequences effective for non-ADHD children are not effective for kids with ADHD. My professional approach is focused around the family as a system with circular interactional patterns that affect all members of the family.

— Mikayla Phan, Marriage & Family Therapist in Madison, WI

There is no parenting handbook because all children and all people are different. Parenting is about finding a balance between safety and adventure.

— Ari Hoffman, Counselor in Denver, CO

Parents serve a very large role in each session as partners to review behavior, identify issues, and practice solutions with their child and other children.

— Brian Goldberg, Clinical Psychologist in Commack, NY

I have been working with parents and establishing goals in decreasing their stress and increasing positive relationships with their children for 7 years. I have an array of experience with parents of special needs children as well as kids with mental health concerns.

— Chelsea Vinas, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist