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.

Meet the specialists

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
 

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

I work with parents to implement positive parenting techniques. Decrease contentious arguments and power struggles and learn to create healthy flexible boundaries for their children.

— Leonna Chodos, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA
 

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

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
 

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

My main focus is to help you improve the connection between the parent and child in order to build the kind of relationship that effectively helps the child develop and mature along their own unique path to feeling good about who they are and being capable of having healthy, meaningful relationships. The caregiver-child relationship is the main environment within which the child grows, so attending to the nature and quality of that environment is essential.

— HARRY MOTRO, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, 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

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 North Richland Hills, TX
 

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

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
 

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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Spring, TX

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
 

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 East Hanover, NJ