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!

— Megan Carney, Psychologist in Meridian, ID

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

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

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

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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

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

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

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

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

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

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