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.

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Red Crayon Practice works directly with families in a coaching and counseling role. We helps parents find the right strategy and right path for their children to succeed. I use a collaborative problem solving approach and work hard to understand the unique aspects of your family and children. I am Triple P certified and can provide key strategies to help your child be successful at home and school.

— Kelley Hubbell, Clinical Social Worker in Asheville, NC
 

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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Lake Oswego, OR

More Empowered Parenting: Each age and stage brings unique challenges for parents. I help parents understand why some issues are so difficult and provide tools to be the kind of effective and loving parent they want to be. From lived experience, I support parents of children with special needs and/or mental health challenges. These situations create greater stress on all family relationships. I get it and I can help.

— Robin K. Schnitzler, Marriage & Family Therapist in Middleton, WI
 

Parenting is the hardest role that we can never adequately prepare for. I've spent the last 7 years working with parents/families to help them understand how they got to where they are so they can build the skills to venture down a better path. I teach from an attachment/peaceful parenting perspective as I feel that much of "mainstream" parenting leads to disconnect, emotional dysfunction and covert violence. We tend to repeat what we know until we know better.

— Jennifer Dolphin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Anchorage, AK

Parenting is a skill that is acquired through a variety of avenues. It is influenced by our community, lived experiences and book knowledge. I believe it is an ever evolving skill in which we are challenged to grow in as the life phase of our children changes. Therapy can be a place to explore how these different avenues influence your parenting style and where you can acquire new knowledge to apply preferred parenting approaches. In particular I like to utilize Positive Discipline.

— Maribel Higuera, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA
 

They come pre-packaged with personality, but our nurturing will echo throughout their lives. Raising small children is joyful & harrowing, perplexing & sometimes mind-numbing. Ultimately our offspring are the reason for everything humans have ever done, from the first moment we came out of the trees to get that particular stick that they needed but chucked, no not that one, THAT ONE. You want to be your best for them, but it is so complicated. Meanwhile you're still trying to be a person too.

— Polly Harrison, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Portland, OR

When a minor or adult child is experiencing prolonged emotional distress or is in crisis, all family members suffer. Teletherapy has enabled me to include extended family members including grandparents in different locations and time zones to collectively support each other as they work to develop strategies to assist and comfort the child .

— Susan Cote, Clinical Social Worker in LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL
 

After becoming a parent, and then adding a second boy to the mix 17 months later, I quickly learned firsthand how lacking support for new parents is. There's an overwhelming amount of support within the first month of the baby being born, but in my experience (although exhausting!!) it's really as time goes on and the child becomes more mobile that things get particularly stressful!

— Danielle Eaton, Counselor

The only you are taught to parent is the way you have been parented. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like you’re doing a good enough job. I worked for over two years doing Intensive In-Home Therapy, partnering with parents and families to cope with behaviors from trauma, depression, and anxiety and helped improve the overall climate in houses. I know you can parent intentionally, compassionately, and courageously breaking the cycle that has been passed down.

— Timothy Kelly, Clinical Social Worker in Auroa, CO
 

Working with parents is a passion of mine! Being a parent is hard. Transitions and developmental changes, among many factors, can lead to conflict, discipline challenges, emotional outbursts, and family disconnection. If you are struggling to navigate the complicated world of parenting, I can be a guide. I will use a developmental lens and work in partnership with you. Together we can explore problems and find solutions that make sense within your family values, culture, and context.

— Katie Nissly, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in St. Paul, MN

Becoming a parent is one of the strangest and hardest transitions there is in life, and we rarely talk about the challenges and fears that it can involve. I am here to validate ALL the feelings about stepping into parenthood!

— Jenny Shully, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Napa, CA
 

My goal is to help parents build secure attachments with their children and find positive, nurturing ways to raise their small humans. I work with parents who have the deck stacked against them, either because their own childhood didn't model safe and secure parenting, or because the children they are raising had traumatic and attachment-breaking experiences. I specifically work with foster and adoptive parents on attachment and taking care of themselves while parenting a traumatized child.

— Rebekah Lubeck, Social Worker in Portland, OR

Conflict Decision Making Divorce Grief Marriage Enrichment Parenting/Discipline Pre-marital Counseling (Twogether In Texas) Relationship Concerns Stress Teen Issues

— Jason Brown, Licensed Professional Counselor in North Richland Hills, TX
 

We're always modeling because "Being a Role Model is 24 / 7 / 365". Kids notice what adults, especially their parents, do and don't do. Unfortunately, children often receive the message, "Do as I say, not as I do". Haven't we yet learned that what we do is much more important than what we say? What kind of legacy do we want to leave behind? When you embrace and model the power of vulnerability, you provide the world with a model of leadership that your kids need. You've got this.

— Matthew Braman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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
 

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. Dowtin, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

As a parent of 3 children I am a forever learning to navigate the joys of parenthood. I have a passion for equipping parents using strategies and techniques such as Love and Logic. While teaching parents skills and tools to add to their parenting toolbox, I often find myself learning from their examples and experience. It takes a village to raise our children. Let's work together to help you find the confidence and support you need to raise confident, successful children.

— Jason Brown, Licensed Professional Counselor in North Richland Hills, TX
 

Children are still developing and learning about the outer world and their inner world. I have 5 years of experience working with children in the office, but I’ve come to believe that showing parents how to observe their children’s emotions and process with them in real time is the best way to help children. Positive parenting strategies have helped me teach parents ways to lovingly guide their children so they can teach important life skills and maintain a strong emotional connection.

— Kim Haas, Licensed Professional Counselor

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

— DC Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Claremont, CA
 

I have expertise in supporting parents with children with behavioral issues and special needs. I have worked for years with parents of children with behavioral issues, and I have studied the affects of positive parental behavior on child development. On a personal level, I have parented an adult child with Autism, who I raised, during his formative years as a single parent.

— Jeanie Metivier, Psychotherapist