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 have worked with many parents not only grow their parenting tool box when raising a sensitive or complex child, but remember themselves and their needs during that journey. The world is very quick to slap labels and requirements on a parent and trying to fit that mold is exhausting and unfair. You are unique, and I want to have confidence in yourself. I want you to prioritize yourself and your needs. You don’t have to suffer, put your oxygen mask on first before assisting others.

— Alisha Olson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate

Are behavioral issues sapping the joy from your family life? Do you just want your child to listen to you? ​​ Do you want to parent your child differently than the way you were raised, but you're not sure where to begin? ​​ I provide straightforward strategies and insights to help you manage distress and get back to enjoying your family.

— Kirsten Jensen, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

I was drawn to become a therapist after working with parents of children with special needs and developmental delays and sensing that I wanted to continue to deepen my work. I am trained as a Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator®, a parenting program that helps caregivers understand and support their children and enhance their relationships. I have experience with infancy, early childhood, and maternal mental health and am passionate about working with parents.

— Margarita Prensa, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in New York, NY

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 or 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 Associate in Austin, 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 Lacey, WA

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

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, Clinical Social Worker in Aurora, 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

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 ,

I help couples and singles who are struggling with communication issues, feelings of disconnection, a lack of intimacy, and difficulty adjusting to their new role as parents. Using mind-body awareness tools combined with mindfulness practices, self-compassion, and the Gottman Method, I help my clients communicate their needs, navigate conflict, and overcome emotional triggers by developing a deeper connection to themselves and shared meaning with one another and their children.

— Fanshen Thompson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Parenting therapy is all about one-on-one support, where someone listens. The aim is to provide necessary space to learn knowledge, tools, guidance, and most especially support to parents without bias or judgment. We all need that in our life, somewhere we can vent and connect our thoughts. Therapy is just for that a place where you can unload and face difficult moments in parenting.

— savannah wilson, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in oakland, CA

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 Perkins, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

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

I am a mother of three and have personal and professional experience with the challenges that accompany fertility, pregnancy loss, pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting. I am passionate about partnering with and supporting parents, parents-to-be, and hopeful parents at any stage of their parenting journey.

— Carolyn Solo, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Blue Bell, PA

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

You want what's best for your kids. You can’t provide a child a life where they will never be dysregulated, so how does one respond when they’re upset and/or overwhelmed? Together we will create a framework that will help you provide the unique support that works for you and your kiddo.

— Ikenna Lughna, Mental Health Counselor

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

I am a trained positive discipline educator and I am passionate about helping clients with the transition to parenthood and helping them adjust and cope to the different phases of parenting.

— Carla Pallares Hutchison, Psychologist in Broomfield, CO

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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Middleton, WI