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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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
 

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 Southlake, TX

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
 

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

More Empowered Parenting Each age and stage brings unique challenges for parents . I can help you understand why these challenges are so difficult, and give you tools that will empower you to be the parent you want to be. As someone with an inside perspective, I help parents of children with special needs and/or mental health concerns who have greater demands stress than other parents. I get it and I can help.

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

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, Counselor in Auroa, CO

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 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.

— Jason Brown, Licensed Professional Counselor in Southlake, TX
 

I am a parent of two boys, 11 & 15 years old, & have often been a solo parent for extended periods of time. Becoming a parent has been the window into much of my own personal therapy work & my work with clients. Becoming a parent returns us to our own childhoods in ways potentially not possible otherwise. We have the opportunity & the challenge to heal our own lifelong wounds as our memories rise to the surface in the lives of our own children. Parenting can be a chance for freedom.

— Lara Plutte, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

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
 

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

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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Portland, OR
 

I am the parent of four children and have been teaching parenting for over 20 years. The typical parenting practices work great; for the "normal" child, but inadvertently makes the emotional, traumatized, intense and challenging individual worse. Now I teach the Nurtured Heart Approach. I teach this both in a class format and individually. It has been a great way to help parents and the children to see the great kids they are with great things to offer. It builds positive self-esteem.

— Adrienne Buhacoff, Clinical Social Worker

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
 

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 Southlake, TX

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
 

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

With my experience as a school-based counselor, I have a unique vantage point in supporting parents during the transition their kids make into adolescence. I often hear, "I just don't recognize my child anymore." I can work with parents to better understand adolescent behavior and how to reconnect with your child during these years. I may also offer parenting support groups for parents to meet others who may be experiencing similar struggles.

— Myra Flor Arpin, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Shoreline, WA
 

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 Southlake, TX

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
 

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