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

The range of excitement for parenthood is complex. From, "I'd do anything for my kids" to "I would've been perfectly happy being an Uncle...she wanted kids more". Either way, we'll begin where ever you're at.

— Dustin Hodgkin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Olympia, WA

Breast feed or bottle feed, co-sleep or use a crib, how to talk to your teen? SO many choices to consider when your little one is, well, little, and beyond those years. And it’s not exactly like you can figure it all out on your own. But EVERYONE seems to have an opinion they are sure you NEED to hear. And how does everyone get to those opinions? And why do they think they know more about what’s best for your baby than you? Being a mom is one of the best and the hardest things you will ever do.

— Jeanene Wolfe, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

My work Coordinating a K-12 School Counseling program for 16 years involved handling every opportunity and challenge children faced - social, academic, physical, and emotional. This meant having many honest and practical conversations with parents about how to support their children. On the flip side, if interested, I'm glad to meet with your child once we have established positive parenting goals. By far, my best experience was learning along the way as a father myself!

— Richard Halpern, Counselor in Portland, OR

Parent/Child Conflict Early Family/Parenting Coparenting in Blended Families Parenting Teens Parenting Challenging children Communication with Children

— Katherine Meek, Counselor in San jose, CA

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 Barnett Kaufman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Princeton, NJ

I provide consultation to parents who are worried about their child but need help figuring out the right "next step." I charge a flat fee of $300 for this consultation, which usually lasts 90 minutes. We discuss your child's history, your questions and concerns, and I will give you as many suggestions as I can based on what you've told me. We can also discuss psychoeducational evaluations, if that route seems appropriate.

— Rebecca MurrayMetzger, Psychologist in San Francisco, 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

As well know, parenting is rough, sometimes we need a fresh perspective to problem solve

— katherine butler, Marriage & Family Therapist in Corte Madera, 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 have training and experience in Conflict Resolution, Non-Violent Communication, Positive Discipline, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and Gottman Method.

— Nikole Williams, Art Therapist in Saint Paul, MN

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

I offer parent coaching and counseling. Working with parents is a passion of mine. When we become more aware and effective parents we become more content with ourselves. I have worked with parents in a variety of settings such as in homes, schools, private practice and treatment facilities.

— lynne cole, Counselor in aurora, CO

Parenting is so hard! I think back to the work I did before I was a parent and the advice I gave. I used to wonder why parents didn't follow through with my wonderful recommendations. I now get it... they are busy, they are tired, and I never helped them figure out how to overcome any challenges to achieving the plan. Now I understand the need to really listen to parents and join them in figuring out how to help them be the parents they want to be.

— Beth Orns, Counselor in Columbia, MO

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 specialize in Child Parent Relationship Training to help parents learn to connect with their children, build self-esteem, learn to understand and respond to misbehavior (instead of simply reacting), and increase both emotional intelligence and self-control. CPRT is a highly researched parenting training program and can be provided in either a group or one-on-one setting.

— Emily Long, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Dallas, TX

I utilize an attachment-centered framework and am certified in Circle of Security Parenting, Infant Massage, and have 14+ years working with parents and young children in relationship with one another. I recognize that children and parents can trigger each other and set one another off - as such, my work focuses on healing the parent and child together.

— Michelle Harvey, Clinical Social Worker in Salem, OR

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

It is a different world to parent in with technology challenges, cultural challenges and time challenges that make it exponentially more difficult to raise children today. I am here to help parents use their power, manage their children well and see the outcomes that they want to see in their relationships with their kids.

— Sheri Truax, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chesapeake, VA

I offer behavior management treatments.

— Ziv Bell, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Mercer Island, WA

I use Child Parent Relationship Therapy to help parents connect with their children and regain a sense of competency in their skills. This therapy allows children to connect to their parents through the language of play. This gives children control of their emotions, thoughts and behaviors through the magic of their relationship with their parents. This can be used for any caregiver struggling with parenting.

— Viridiana Gonzalez, Counselor

Parenting is hard. Especially being the parent of a special needs child. There’s no rule book. I’m here to help guide you through one of the toughest jobs out there!

— Amie Markowitz, Clinical Social Worker in Port Jefferson Station, 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!

— Megan Carney, Psychologist in Meridian, ID

I have experience working intensely with children, adolescents, and families with significant behavioral and mental health struggles. I have worked with many parents who have tried seemingly everything to get their child to meet behavioral expectations and supported them in implementing a new method through Collaborative Problem Solving.

— Kelsey Crabtree, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Asheville, NC

As a parent, I can relate. In my graduate work, I focused on treating anxiety in parents and caregivers, and recognized that I have a keen ability at empathizing with the difficulties of modern childcare. In my practice, I use my experience as a former stay-at-home parent of a special-needs child to help parents in all manner of situation.

— Ellen Ross Hodge, Counselor in Seattle, WA

Support from after birth planning through every stage of family development.

— Ashley Edwardson, Therapist in Aurora, CO

As a parent myself and having worked with parents for over 14 years, I know first hand how challenging caring for others while trying to take care of yourself can be. Life can throw you curve balls and they often occur when we are already depleted. I am a strong believer that parents need to take care of themselves and their needs to be better for their children, and want to provide a space for that.

— Gloria Hatfield, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

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 Mt Airy, MD