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

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

I hold a masters degree in Social and Developmental Psychology - my thesis research focused on parent-child communication and conflict. I have additional training in Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), Positive Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Interpersonal Neurobiology (the brain/mind/relationship connection). I am a Gottman Bringing Baby Home trained educator and offer classes for new parents.

— Carly Henderson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Would you like to experience more CALM, EASE, and FLOW in your family? Would you like to WORK AS A TEAM with your partner and children? I am here to support you during the many transitions that occur in your life as a parent whether you are expecting a child, have a toddler, or teens. I can help give you MORE TOOLS FOR YOUR PARENTING TOOLBOX which will help you FEEL MORE CALM, CONNECTED, AND CONFIDENT as a parent. We all want to FEEL SUCCESSFUL in the most important job we have!

— Carlene Lehmann, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

Being a parent is hard! Parent consultation can help you identify areas of strengths in your child and family as well as ways to manage difficulties. Goals may include decreasing tantrums, understanding temperament, and finding solutions to developmental challenges such as sleep, toileting, and tantrums. I support you in developing a plan that supports you, your child, and your family.

— Heather Chamberlain, Clinical Psychologist in San Rafael, CA

Parenting can be stressful, overwhelming, complex and enjoyable. I specialize in different aspects of parenting including exploration of child development, increasing bond within parenting relationships, communication within parenting role to have a better relationshp with children, effective co-parenting skills. I utilize Active Parenting values and techniques to engage in effective parenting skills. You know your child best, I'm here as a friendly supporter of your parenting journey.

— Victoria Hernandez, Counselor in Encinitas, CA

I have extensive experience working to enhanced Parenting skills for parents, or to diagnose and address parent-child conflicts, truancy. I'm also bilingual (in Mandarin), and have extensive experience in bridging the cultural gap between immigrant parents and their children.

— Ching Ching Ruan, Marriage & Family Therapist in Bellevue, WA

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

As well know, parenting is rough, sometimes we need a fresh perspective to problem solve

— katherine butler, Marriage & Family Therapist in Corte Madera, CA

I have been teaching parenting since 1994 when I was trained to teach the powerful Redirecting Children's Behavior parenting class. I am a sought after speaker and educator and have lead workshops and seminars at many schools, corporations, religious institutions and conferences. My area of expertise is working with individuals, couples and families who are separated or divorced. I provide co-parenting counseling, reunification counseling, family counseling and parenting sessions.

— Jill Barnett Kaufman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Princeton, NJ

As a parent, I can relate. In my graduate work, I focused on treating anxiety in parents and caregivers, and recognized that I have a keen ability at empathizing with the difficulties of modern childcare. In my practice, I use my experience as a former stay-at-home parent of a special-needs child to help parents in all manner of situation.

— Ellen Ross Hodge, Counselor in Seattle, WA

With specialized training in Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), I support parents in understanding their children's behavior and learn to communicate love and boundaries in ways their children understand. This process is the foundation of a strong parent-child bond which leads to feelings of competency and satisfaction in parenting.

— Katrina Thatcher, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

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

I offer parent coaching and counseling. Working with parents is a passion of mine. When we become more aware and effective parents we become more content with ourselves. I have worked with parents in a variety of settings such as in homes, schools, private practice and treatment facilities.

— lynne cole, Counselor in aurora, CO

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

The basis of my parenting philosophy is a combination of mindful parenting, brain based science, and Collaborative Problem Solving. \nI blend all three of these philosophies in my coaching practice. Taking into account the age, developmental level and needs of the child, along with the needs of the parent(s), I help you design a style of parenting that best suits your family.

— Lisa Wittorff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

I'm trained in three evidence-based parenting models: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Parent Management Training Oregon Model (PMTO), and Triple P. One of my very favorite things about this work is meeting a family where the parent has the courage to admit that they often dont like parenting their child and to transform that feeling into finding joy and fun in parenting again. I've had the privilege of facilitating that change many times and each time it's as exciting as the last.

— Halley Carmack, Clinical Social Worker in Delray Beach, FL

The stresses of parenting can be isolating, can trigger our own insecurities and tender places, and can feel overwhelming to navigate. I offer support based in attachment theory but responsive to your needs and background.

— Eleanor Wohlfeiler, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

As a parent myself and having worked with parents for over 14 years, I know first hand how challenging caring for others while trying to take care of yourself can be. Life can throw you curve balls and they often occur when we are already depleted. I am a strong believer that parents need to take care of themselves and their needs to be better for their children, and want to provide a space for that.

— Gloria Hatfield, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

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

— Ashley Edwardson, Therapist in Aurora, CO

Sometimes, as parents, we feel stuck, frustrated, and at a loss. I provide a non-judgmental space and fresh, professional perspective to help you determine which approaches and strategies will work for your family. I also help new mothers and couples adjust to life with baby (or babies), work through postpartum depression and anxiety, and find balance. I've worked with children and parents in a variety of settings over the past 10+ years and have a passion for helping parents create more peace in their homes.

— Allison O'Brien, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Johns Creek, GA

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, Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

As a Clinical Psychologist immersed in training in the issues impacting the development of children, the centrality of parents as a source of safety and security and the many stresses impacting that dynamic are front and center in her approach to the work with children and families. Getting “on track” when life-stress has derailed that system is a worthy effort.

— Cathleen Rea, Clinical Psychologist in Charlottesville, VA