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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Raising our children carries an immense weight of responsibility, with far-reaching implications for their future. As parents, we play a pivotal role in shaping their identities and influencing their interactions with the world. I firmly hold the belief that children require a nurturing environment where they can authentically express themselves within healthy boundaries. By fostering a secure attachment during their early years, we empower them to grow into independent, self-assured adults.

— Tammy 'Kaia' Bruski, Sex Therapist in Denver, CO

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
 

There is no manual for bringing life to this planet (although plenty of books have been authored). Even if there were, each baby, toddler, child, teen and adult child is different. Your experience of becoming a parent and traveling through each stage is uniquely yours. Maybe your child has experienced medical issues you were not prepared for. Maybe your child displays behaviors you don't understand. Maybe parenting isn't going the way you imagined it to go. I am here to offer support.

— Erin Ratchford, Clinical Social Worker in Sioux Falls, SD

Parenthood, what a wonderful thing to experience. Easy to say before you become a parent! After becoming a parent it can feel like living in a constantly chaotic house where your kids are suddenly speaking to you in a language you don't seem to understand and their emotions only get bigger. Have you caught yourself thinking, what am I doing wrong? I’m a bad parent! I can’t do this! Well good news, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

— Kate Morales, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX
 

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

This is the hardest job EVER! It's hard to see clear when we are exhausted, stressed, and emotionally attached. It is helpful to have someone who is experienced and objective provide guidance and suggestions. I'm your teammate and want to see you and your child thrive and be successful. I know there are dark days when you may feel like a failure, have no idea what to do, and feel hopeless. You are not alone! There is always a way to turn things around but sometimes we need a little help!

— Yara Goldstein, Clinical Social Worker in , NY
 

I am a parent myself, and know how rewarding and challenging the life of a parent can be. I integrate my own experience as a parent, and my experience as a school counselor and therapist for children and teens to help parents better understand their kid's behavior and to communicate with them effectively. I have helped many parents work through their own childhood wounds affecting how they parent (and feel about being a parent!), learn effective communication skills, and find joy in parenting.

— Amelia Bird, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

Parenting can be the hardest, yet most rewarding role we experience in life. And while it's a shared experience by many, it doesn't mean it gets any easier or we get always the support we desperately need. I opened Cultivating Heart Counseling to create a safe space to explore all those insecurities, doubts, and worries related to parenting without the judgement.

— Jessica Reynoso, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Mesa, AZ
 

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

Challenges with parenting often cause couple conflict, so I work to support parent couples in connecting and remembering who they were before becoming parents. We will work with your differing parenting styles so that everyone's perspective is heard and valued, along with learning concrete parenting tools from research to improve both your relationship and your child's behavior.

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

In session, I offer a compassionate interpersonal and behavioral approach for parenting skills. Through psycho-education and bibliotherapy, parenting sessions review appropriate developmental norms for the child’s age and diagnosis along with the discussion on how the parent can feel most supported. I keep up to date with the most current research and will utilize it as an area of reflection in session. Through the use of CBT strategies, activities may be assigned each week to the caregiver.

— Kayla Murphy, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hoboken, NJ

I enjoy working with families through all of life’s ups and downs. I believe in meeting families where they are at, and working together to create a plan for mental and emotional wellness for the whole family. I have experience helping families support children exploring their gender identity and expression.

— Gina DeLeo, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in , OR
 

As a previous special education teacher and school counselor, my understanding of children in the family system is unique. I have helped a variety of challenging children find ways of becoming more effective in a multitude of environments. I have experience being a facilitator for Love and Logic techniques, conducting the parenting program at a substance abuse residential facility, and 5 years of experience with the local DHR, as a vendor providing in-home services to parents.

— Desiree Stone, LPC, Counselor in Florence, AL

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
 

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

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
 

Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support

— Jennifer Rubinstein Murray, Psychologist in ,

Parenting is hard. It’s also fulfilling, transcendent, hilarious and fun. But in spite of those incredible peaks, it is also a crucible that can bring us down to valleys of desperation that can overwhelm our lives. I believe that a parent’s emotional state is the ground from which our children grow. My goal is to help you strengthen your connection to your kids by reconnecting with yourself.

— Pilar Dellano, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Plainfield, VT