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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Raising a young man in today's world comes with its own set of trials and tribulations. From navigating academic pressures to managing conflicts and fostering healthy communication, the journey can often feel like an uphill battle. But you don't have to go it alone. I understand the struggles you face and bring a unique perspective as a therapist, former law enforcement officer, and father to three teenage boys.

— Graham Quattlebaum, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Colleyville, TX

As a Therapist, Certified Master Jungian Life Coach, and a Certified Trauma-Informed Breathwork Facilitator, I work with parents to release old patterns, overwhelm, guilt, anger, & fear of not parenting correctly. Grow beyond your parental identity, and step into a new vision of parenthood that feels aligned with your unique energy and gifts. Move into self-love, forgiveness, and confidence, as you shine and radiate your inner light - knowing deep within that you are an amazing parent!

— Caroline McGrath, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR
 

Attachment Parenting Positive Psychology Consistency, care & communication

— Mimosa Constans, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Portland, OR

Parenting is one of the most challenging and yet most rewarding responsibility we take on in life. Because of this, we can sometimes lose sight of the positives when our children experience different milestones and stages of development. I find it helpful to help you define your values to best guide our work together. Together, we can figure out what you may benefit from the most-whether it's learning strategies, emotion regulation tips, or building insight into yourself or co-parenting.

— Michelle Bogdan, Clinical Social Worker in Leesburg, VA
 

I use my experience as a parent coach to help you improve your child's behavior and give you more confidence as a parent. Come along with me as I teach you the most effective techniques for handling your child's behavior and growing your relationship with them so that you can love being a parent.

— Eva Belzil, Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Collins, CO

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
 

I work as a parent coach to help you learn more effective tools for parenting. I have 2 years of experience as a parent coach for a wilderness therapy program. Come with my to learn tools to help you feel more confident as a parent and reduce problem behaviors.

— Jeni Allton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

There is no manual for bringing life to this planet (although plenty of books have been authored). Even if there were, each baby, toddler, child, teen and adult child is different. Your experience of becoming a parent and traveling through each stage is uniquely yours. Maybe your child has experienced medical issues you were not prepared for. Maybe your child displays behaviors you don't understand. Maybe parenting isn't going the way you imagined it to go. I am here to offer support.

— Erin Ratchford, Clinical Social Worker in Sioux Falls, SD
 

Parenting can be an extremely taxing experience resulting in stress and conflict. When parents are struggling it can be because they need help with how to respond to certain behaviors a child is exhibiting and/or because their own wounds are being triggered by their child's behavior. Therefore, my approach in working with parents is a combination of coaching and a blend of therapeutic modalities to uncover the deeper layers of what is impacting the parent-child dynamic.

— Chana Halberg, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in Boulder, CO

"Have kids", they said. "It'll be fun", they said. "It's the miracle of life!", they said. Yet, you find yourself deeply discouraged, exhausted... always, and frustrated beyond what you thought was humanly conceivable. What if there's another way you haven't tried yet that actually works. The bad news? It's hard. The good news? It ACTUALLY WORKS and IT'S WORTH IT! Talk with me and let's make parenting less punishing, more practical, and really enjoyable!

— Garrett Graves, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in DeLand, 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 North Richland Hills, TX

Parenting can be overwhelming! Sometimes no matter what you do it doesn't feel like enough. Therapy can help you feel heard and understood. Together we will come up with a plan to provide support, coaching, and strategies to increase feelings of connection and decrease conflict. I am trained in Positive Discipline and Collaborative Problem Solving.

— Susan Ponton, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR
 

I help parents in understanding where their own history and perspective merges with that of their child. In doing so, we can create a more harmonious environment for the family. I also work with parents whom parenting has been challenging, and who need individual work on processing their own needs and space for their own mental health. I also work with couples who need assistance in combining parenting strategies, communication differences, and creating a solid parenting unit.

— Rachel Woodward, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Newburyport, MA

The child who comes into my office with the "problem" is typically just a piece of the bigger picture. Let's face it, parenting in 2022 is extremely difficult. Depression and anxiety have skyrocketed in the years since the introduction of social media. If we want our kids to change, usually the parents will have to make some changes as well.

— Kellita Thompson, Marriage & Family Therapist in Brentwood, TN
 

Raising our children carries an immense weight of responsibility, with far-reaching implications for their future. As parents, we play a pivotal role in shaping their identities and influencing their interactions with the world. I firmly hold the belief that children require a nurturing environment where they can authentically express themselves within healthy boundaries. By fostering a secure attachment during their early years, we empower them to grow into independent, self-assured adults.

— Tammy 'Kaia' Bruski, Sex Therapist in Denver, CO

I believe we live in a society that is unsupportive- and sometimes openly hostile- to parents and the seismic identity shifts that come with entering parenthood. Internally, we have so much pressure to do it perfectly. I am here to help you find and ethos to parenting that is authentic and rewarding, and balance your parenthood and the rest of your life in a way you can be proud of.

— Abigail Thompson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in New York, NY
 

Dr. Edwards specializes in attachment and positive parent-child relationships. She is certified in parent child interaction therapy, a highly effective evidence-based treatment for families of children with challenging behavior problems. She also works with parents to help them understand their child’s temperaments and unique personality, educate on child development, and empower them to become the best parent they choose to be.

— Dr. Kristin Edwards, Psychologist in Tampa, FL

Are you a parent of young kiddos or teens? Are you reparenting yourself? Both?! There's so much to explore when it comes to parenting and intergenerational trauma. Your parents' parenting styles impacted the course of your life and influenced your triggers and reactions. You may see these patterns repeat when you speak to yourself and your kids. Processing your childhood experiences provides insight into what you learned was normal and expected. You get to choose what you want to keep or change.

— Sidrah Khan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
 

Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support

— Jennifer Rubinstein Murray, Psychologist in ,

This is the hardest job EVER! It's hard to see clear when we are exhausted, stressed, and emotionally attached. It is helpful to have someone who is experienced and objective provide guidance and suggestions. I'm your teammate and want to see you and your child thrive and be successful. I know there are dark days when you may feel like a failure, have no idea what to do, and feel hopeless. You are not alone! There is always a way to turn things around but sometimes we need a little help!

— Yara Goldstein, Clinical Social Worker in , NY