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 know for a fact that you are not the only one. I have listened to all types of caregivers (adoptive, foster, biological, guardians, grandparents, step-parents, life partners…), who are parts of all types of families, describe situations so similar to yours it’s almost uncanny. When I tell you "Nope, I don’t think your kid is crazy. And I don’t think you’re a bad parent either." it’s because I believe you when you tell me what it’s been like at home and I know - it isn’t just you.

— Laura Morlok, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Frederick, MD

Parenting is a delicate balance of nurturing independence while providing guidance and support. It involves fostering a safe and loving environment where children can explore, learn, and develop autonomy. Effective communication, empathy, and setting boundaries are the key to cultivating resilience, compassion, and a strong sense of self-esteem in the child. Flexibility and adaptability are crucial as parents navigate the changing needs of their children through different stages of development.

— Thomas Wood, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Bayside, WI
 

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

There may be no greater adjustment in life than becoming a parent for the first time. Our roles, relationships, and identities can all change overnight, and it can be hard to catch our breath for long enough to make sense of it all. I work with couples and individuals who are struggling to navigate these changes, helping them connect with compassion and understanding to themselves and their partners so they can move with confidence into the challenges and joys of being parents.

— Daniel Fulton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oak Park, IL
 

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

As a parent myself, I want to help you make sense of this amazing but challenging experience. Parenting our own children often brings to the surface elements of our own childhood that we have not resolved. I am here to provide a space to make sense of your own childhood and the way it comes through in your parenting as you shape your own children. I have completed numerous professional trainings in this area and it would be a privilege to support your parenting journey.

— Jillian Zamora, Associate Clinical Social Worker
 

Parenting in a global pandemic is an epic challenge no one could have prepared for. There are so many pressures as a parent to provide emotionally, financially, and logistically for your children. Coming from an Interpersonal Neurobiology lens, I utilize an attachment approach to help you understand, gain insight, and move forward from your particular parenting challenges. I also specialize in supporting parents who have children with mental health and chronic physical health conditions.

— Tera Lensegrav-Benson, Psychologist in , UT

In my work with Single Mothers By Choice (SMBC) and new/expecting parents I offer a space where these individuals and couples can explore what it means to take on this new role. Together we will identify what being a parent means to you, finding ways to help you navigate the ups and downs of parenthood. I also provide grief counseling for parents who have experienced perinatal loss. Mourning the loss of a child is a tragic experience. Together we will find ways to help you heal.

— Jennie Beuhler, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Rafael, CA
 

Challenges with parenting often increase couple conflict, so I work to support parent couples in connecting and remembering who they were before becoming parents. We will create a space where your differing approaches to parenting are heard and understood, while also learning about effective parenting methods from research which will both strengthen your relationship and improve your child's behavior.

— Maggie Dungan, Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Collins, CO

I specialize in helping clients with empty nest syndrome. It seems like just yesterday your kids were little babies in your arms - and now, just like that, they moved out. Regardless of whether they left for college, are now with another parent or left for another reason, it can be tough. Your child leaving home can be a hard chapter to navigate, but the good news is that on the other side of all of this you can find a new sense of identity, perhaps one which is even stronger and more vibrant.

— Dr. Grisel Lopez-Escobar, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boca Raton, FL
 

I repeatedly hear my clients who are parents (especially those who are parents of young children), that they often feel unsupported and left behind. I often help parents find their way through parental burnout, balance parenting obligations with demanding work schedules, and find a sense of peace amongst the anxiety and uncertainty that can accompany raising children.

— Amanda Shrekenhamer, Licensed Professional Counselor in CHEVY CHASE, MD

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
 

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

I love helping parents learn how to play and interact with their children. I specialize in working with children under 10 who have behavioral issues. I have almost a decade of experience working with children who have experienced abuse. I was a foster parent and I understand the difficulties that come with creating a family in a non-traditional way. I have been trained in Circle of Security, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and Triple P parenting.

— Tasha Trembath, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Covington, 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 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