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

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

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

Caregiving comes in all forms! I have had the honor of working with caregivers since I became a therapist! This is by far one of the most challenging roles one can play. I have worked with a large range of families who have different meanings to what "parents" or "caregivers" may look like. I provide the space for caregivers to show up authentically in order to move through the many emotions that arise when fostering a nurturing environment for their adolescents.

— Chelze Zamani, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Placentia, CA

Parent coaching, and family systems therapy

— Lisa Dube, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Newburyport, MA

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

I believe parents often feel isolated and hopeless when they have a child whom they feel they are unable to parent effectively. My work with parents is twofold; first, to create a safe space for you to express and process your fears, hopes, and struggles as parent, and second to help you develop specialized skills to deal with your child’s needs.

— John Lembo, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Struggle to know how to handle the difficulties of parenting? I help parents build relationships that last with their children. The goal is to raise children who succeed on their own and want to be with their parents even when they don’t have to.

— Austin Pritchard, Marriage & Family Therapist in East Berlin, PA

I help parents learn to regulate their own emotions which models for their children how to regulate their own anxiety and anger. The result is very engaged parents who enjoy being with their children. Bonus: Their children get the amazing experience of being in relationship to regulated parents!

— Kathy Temple, Counselor in Broomfield, CO

My focus has been on children and parents for over 20 years. I teach parenting classes, do parent consultations and see parents for on-going counseling. I believe in giving parents the support they do not often receive and is necessary for things to go well in their family. My training includes being a certified instructor of Parenting by Connection, an attachment-based, emotion-focused approach.

— Suzy Heltzel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Altos, CA

I offer behavior management treatments.

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

When working with parents, I see my role as providing a safe place to explore parenting challenges while providing research-based education and tools along with practical action steps parents can take to experience positive changes within their family. I am a certified PCI® Parent Coach and the co-founder of ACT Parenting Community where we provide community and online courses for parents.

— Hannah Benedict, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

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

I work with parents to help them understand how to effect change in their relationships with their children without anger or constant punitive actions. I love to see parents and children become closer as they understand each other and themselves better.

— Demian Wood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Collins, CO

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

Parent Coaching is helpful for parents who need some non-judgmental support to feel more confident as a parent. You might want help navigating a specific parenting challenge or a tricky conversation. Or you might be so overwhelmed that you need weekly support. We will focus on your values and goals to solve any parenting problem you encounter. Even one session can reduce stress and help you make some changes to ease the job of parenting.

— Jeanine Rousso, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Santa Rosa Beach, FL

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

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

— Ashley Edwardson, Therapist in Aurora, CO

My colleagues and I at Seesaw have developed a brief parent coaching series informed by evidence-based parent programs. Our approach is skills-based, collaborative and tailored to our clients. In assessing and treating children and adolescents, parent consultation is essential in our work. We serve multicultural families, couples, single parents, and co-parents.

— Sabrina Gabel, Clinical Psychologist in Burlingame, CA

Do you feel yourself getting riled up when your child misbehaves or doesn't listen? Do you and your spouse disagree on how to raise your child? Are you worried about repeating the mistakes of your own parents? Maybe you feel disconnected from your spouse or child and are tired of having the same arguments every week. There's no manual that tells you how to be a parent, yet so many parents feel shamed or like they're doing something wrong. I hold a non-judgmental space for both teens and parents to explore concerns and build skills to reconnect. Together we'll find ways to bring more positive energy and playfulness into your relationships so your family can connect, heal, and grow.

— Ashleigh Edelstein, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

I offer parent coaching for when parents need a little extra help with behavior management, effective discipline strategies, sleep training, and emotional regulation. My goals is to form an encouraging and collaborative team with parents and children, while actively participating in achieving your goals.

— Kalie Moore, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Greensboro, NC

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

Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator

— Doris Curry, Psychotherapist in Fayetteville, NC

Parenting is hard, the hardest role in many parents' lives. There are few breaks and a whole lot of responsibility. I help parents explore their triggers and parenting style to help them improve their relationships with their children. My approach is compassionate and understanding, as parenting can be one of the most vulnerable topics for many. I have worked with families all over the Bay Area for over five years and I have two kids of my own. I know it is hard and I am here to support you.

— Julianne Fox, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Walnut Creek, CA

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

I am a former elementary school teacher. I taught for 20 years. I am also a mother of two young adults who are in their twenties now. I have an extensive background in facilitating parenting classes and aiding parents in establishing boundaries with their children. I also implement a family systems theoretical approach when working with families to help them understand how all members of the family contribute to they dynamic of the family.

— Blanche Mikhail, Counselor in Raleigh, NC

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 have guided countless single parents and couples through the complex, and often counter-intuitive, learning process of parenting. I specialize in simplifying this beautiful transformation.


Raising our little ones is no small feat in today's culture. I'm here to help you have a great relationship with your child while creating a moderately structured and effective family life. Start with connection, and the rest will flow from there...simple but not always easy! We break it down and give you practical ways to create the family you long for!

— Susan Gulka, Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

Parenting is rough! As the mom of 2 teens and with years of experience working with children through teens, I get it! You want your children to grow up to be healthy, happy, and successful, but wonder if they will. Maybe you feel overwhelmed and not sure how to help them. Maybe you feel irritated and snap at them. Or maybe you and your partner (or ex) just can't get on the same page. We can work on healthy parenting and communication and get back to the happy family you love!

— Teresa Franz, Clinical Social Worker in Round Rock, TX