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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I received my Parent Coach certification in 2019, benefiting countless families in building a stronger family connection. You may be struggling with parenting skills, reunification after separation from your child, custody or parenting disagreements or feeling tired and needing a plan to build back your parenting confidence. Are you caring some trauma from from separation between countries, immigrant or inter-generational miscommunications? Please connect for more information.

— Lisa Nielsen-Karatz, Clinical Social Worker in Minneapolis, MN

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
 

Are you finding yourself constantly faced with situations you feel ill-equipped to handle? Are you struggling with the “constant-ness” of parenthood? You’re not alone and you don’t have to feel isolated. I can help you put words and action to your struggle as you figure out this new identity and settle into who you are as a parent.

— Alexis Baker, Counselor in Austin, 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
 

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 Vancouver, WA

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
 

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

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
 

Parenting has always been pretty difficult--but parenting during a pandemic has definitely upped the difficulty level! Raising tiny (and not so tiny) humans shouldn't feel so overwhelming & hopeless. I work with caregivers to help them decode their child's behaviors & unlock the joy in caregiving again. Common concerns I see are related to challenging behaviors, frustration, limit-setting, & providing a guide for responsive parenting.

— Mary-Rose Granlund, Social Worker in Eagan, MN

Feeling disconnected from your growing teen? Do you feel lost in how to communicate with them? You may have felt the more that you try to hold on and protect them the harder you hit that brick wall. Let's work together to establish a safe space for ALL voices to be heard while working towards bringing laughter and smiles back into your home!

— Kristen Skowronski, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in The Woodlands, TX
 

I have supported parents, caregivers, and future parents and their children in addressing emotional, relational and behavioral needs. I am rostered in Child-Parent Psychotherapy through the UCSF Child Trauma Research Program. I completed my Post Master's Clinical Fellowship at UCSF Children's Hospital in Oakland in the Early Intervention Services Department where I received specialized training on child-parent therapy.

— Shohreh Schmuecker, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Lafayette, CA

The job of parenthood can be both the most rewarding experience as well as the most challenging. And no amount of homework prepares us for the rollercoaster of emotions we go through once we embark on the journey. Whether you're experiencing sheer depletion, raising a child with special needs, struggling with the challenges of tiny humans and their big feelings, or feeling like your own needs are getting lost, I can help. Lets get started today.

— Dana Basu, Psychologist
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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

Are you struggling with the demands that come with your parenting role, or maybe feeling a bit overwhelmed and touched out? I've been working with parents since 2006 and have a great joy for this population. I can help you understand and embrace this part of your life's journey while providing you with the skills you need to refill your cup.

— Jacalyn Wetzel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

Especially during the pandemic, parenting has been an incredibly difficult task. I am here to support parents who are burned out and trying to navigate and balance all the responsibilities.

— Anna Maling, Therapist in Baltimore, MD

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