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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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

Are you wondering where to begin to help your chid? I provide a 1:1 parent/caregiver focused virtual sessions. I help Autism parents and caregivers to be the best parents possible and create emotionally balanced homes. Your child’s diagnosis affects you, your marriage, and the whole family. Self-care and relationship care will be essential to integrate into your journey. I will help you process and create steps for the future.

— Debra Grindstaff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Altamonte Springs, FL
 

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

I repeatedly hear my clients who are parents (especially those who are parents of young children), that they often feel unsupported and left behind, both by those who surround them, and by society as a whole. 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 in this world.

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

After graduate school, I was thrown into the world of parent education and family counseling. As a parent myself of two strong-willed boys, I realize that there is no one size fits all solution. I enjoy helping families be their own experts; working together to find what works best for them.

— Megan Wurzel, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in La Crescent, MN

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 Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

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 - Healing Pathways of Houston, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

Parenting is the ultimate juggling act! The rewards of parenting are incredible. And, because I am also an imperfect parent, I know parenting is really hard! Raising humans is a huge responsibility, and it has a way of triggering our own “stuff.” There’s a ton of research on parenting in the field of psychology, but kids don’t come with a handbook. You are the expert on your kids, yourself, your culture, and your family. Here you’ll receive research-informed support with a huge dose of empathy.

— Dr. Amy Hsiung, Psychologist in Phoenix, AZ
 

Parenting is as stressful as it is amazing, let's be honest. Not only am I a parent of ND children, I am a Parent Coach. I love working with parents of Neurodivergent children, and have done so for over 25 years. I also offer SpeciALTy Parent Coaching and education about topics such as, but not limited to, learning about your child's Neurodivergence and how to help them be their best self, accessing specialized services, and advocating for your child's needs.

— Dena Alt, Counselor

Parenting is a lifelong commitment to an individual you have never met. Are you and your coparent (s) ready for all that can change with your relationship with each other and with yourselves?

— Angharad Hollingworth, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
 

Parenting is not for the faint of heart. As a parent of 3 daughters, I often feel like I am herding alligators! I often wonder how can I provide all of the love and support they need, keep them on track educationally & keep them safe? I enjoy working with parents who are navigating through these turbulent waters. I truly enjoy helping parents problem-solve, set boundaries, and reap the benefits of a healthy relationship with their kids.

— Kellie Rice, Psychologist in Chicago, IL

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
 

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 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 ,
 

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

Becoming a parent is one of the strangest and hardest transitions there is in life, and we rarely talk about the challenges and fears that it can involve. I am here to validate ALL the feelings about stepping into parenthood!

— Jenny Shully, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Napa, CA
 

I offer a supportive environment with a plethora of tools, guiding you through the growing pains and dynamic changes in the family. The tools and modifications address healthy boundaries, positive reinforcements, balance, self care, healthy communication and engagement, and avoiding crisis. The parenting skills that you will learn with help with all ages. This approach is geared towards the individual parents and incorporates existing parenting skills and styles.

— Galit Ribakoff, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Dallas, TX

I specialize in supporting individuals, couples, and all types of relationships navigate the road to parenthood, including fertility and reproductive challenges, grief and loss, family creation concerns, birth trauma, and perinatal mood disorders. I feel passionate about supporting people through the identity and lifestyle transformations that come with parenthood.

— Kristin Tucker, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA
 

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

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