Parenting

Raising children is tough. While there is more than one right way to be a good parent, the wealth of information, advice, and opinions (both solicited and unsolicited) available is overwhelming. Issues including discipline, household responsibilities, child behavioral problems, setting boundaries, and scheduling can be daunting. With the right support system in place, parenting, though difficult, is also highly rewarding. Whether you are facing a specific problem or you just need a sounding board and some general guidance, a qualified mental health professional can help with parenting challenges.

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Nahomie Guillaume (She/Her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

I provide support to parents/caregivers of children preschool 0-6.

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Restore Therapy + Psychiatry

The Collaborative Problem Solving approach by Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital is a tried and true parenting method that calms behavior challenges, opens up new pathways of thinking, and builds the skills to meet more and more of your expectations. Helping your child improve areas like frustration tolerance, flexibility and problem solving can be a game changer for your relationship.

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Nancy Pearson, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Parenting is one of the biggest challenges and biggest sources of satisfaction that some of us will ever take on. We have such big expectations for ourselves and our children and we struggle to live up to who we want to be. It can be helpful to get perspective and assistance from a trained professional who has also walked this walk. Together we can explore, problem solve, and actualize success!

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Patrick Welly Jungian Analyst

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

I have successfully raised two healthy emotionally secure young adults - a girl and a boy. I love supporting parents in search of meaningful and healthy relationships with their children.

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Gina DeLeo (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A.

I enjoy working with young children and their families through all of life’s ups and downs. I believe in meeting caregivers and children where they are at, and working together to create a plan for mental and emotional wellness for the whole family. I help families with young children learn ways to increase emotional closeness and change patterns using child-parent play and parent guidance. I have experience helping families support children exploring their gender identity and expression.

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Irma E. Llanes (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

As a parent, I understand the challenges of consciously raising children. My professional experience includes helping to design & facilitate parent groups/family forums, teaching parents how to support their children through a divorce/separation, working with blended families, supporting parents in a reunification process and helping couples adopt.

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Maria Arias

Licensed Professional Counselor

Yikes! Parenting is not meant to be this hard, I promise!

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Kaysey Crump (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, PMH-C

When I became a parent I learned first-hand how life-altering this transition can be. How anxious or depressed thoughts can make it difficult or impossible to feel present and joyful with your children. I’ve experienced and seen how even the most seemingly aligned and committed relationships can be rocked by the transition into co-parenthood.

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Brittany Eide

Professional Counselor Associate

I recently completed a certification in Synergetic Play Therapy where I learned how to educate and support individuals in healthy parenting. I have also been a school counselor and therapist since 2002 and have had the privilege of working with numerous families, collaborating to ensure their school success and overall well-being.

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Angela Keeney, LCSW (She/Her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Parenting is one of the most rewarding and challenging adventures we will embark on and one that can bring us face-to-face with our greatest sense of vulnerability. I am passionate about supporting parents of young/school-aged children through the many ups & downs - bringing more balance & awareness to your role as a parent and helping you learn effective strategies to raise healthy, happy and resilient children.

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Ivana Maclay (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

My work with families focuses on the unique challenges of: divorce/separation, involvement with the foster care system, the effect of children on the couples' relationship, co-parenting and shared custody, the birth of a child, blended families and behavior challenges . I apply Positive Parenting strategies and Attachment based theories.

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Anthony Marchant

Licensed Professional Counselor

Extensive training and experience with parenting issues and family issues.

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Erin McAdams (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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I have several years experience working as a family therapist for both children and adolescents. I work with parents to find parenting techniques and interventions that are effective and in line with their family values. I work to empower parents to create healthy communication and parenting styles to strengthen relationships with their children, create positive changes at home, and reduce conflict.

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Chad Ernest, MS, LPC (He/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Parenting children can be like being dropped in the middle of a forest with only the clothes on your back and having to find your way out and survive. We don't have all the answers to working with children and sometimes our own experiences with our parents was not the best example either. I am like the woods guide who helps you learn techniques to become better at what you already know.

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Julie Kirchner (She/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA

Parenting can be hard on a couple's relationship. I can help you come together and parent on the same page while building stronger bonds with your children. I have additional training in parent-child therapy, and I am knowledgable in child and parent relationships and child developmental stages.

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Family Ties Counseling Center

Licensed Professional Counselor

When relationships within a family are strained, parents are powerful leaders to bring their family to a place of harmony. Parents will be the leader in this process because adult brains is more developed, more adept and stronger. You have greater skills (even if sometimes you don’t feel like it).

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Dr. Sarah Kendrick (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

PMH-C, CCTS

Years ago I saw a mom collapse on a stack of perfect-parenting books with shame-filled tears falling onto her baby's head. I hid the books & held them both (& still do that when I can). I'm now a Perinatal Mental Health & Trauma Therapist helping parents navigate depression, anxiety, scary thoughts, rage, shame, & the unbearable weight of impossible expectations. I help folx let go of getting it right so they become safe, seen, & supported on the embodied journey they are so perfectly made for.

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Danielle Thompson

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

I have experience providing behavior modifications techniques to all different children's behaviors.

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Jessica Baker (Blaschke), M.A. LMFT (She/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

B.S. Health Psychology, M.A. Counseling, LMFT

Parenting can be a very fulfilling and life changing journey; yet it is also challenging and can push a parent or couple to their limits. I offer a space to explore the new identity of being a parent, parenting consulting/ advice and way to cope with the challenges that arise from the blessings that are our children. I strongly identify with attachment theory and practices.

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Family Roots Therapy

Licensed Professional Counselor

Our therapists who specialize in parenting have advanced training in using Collaborative Problem Solving and Positive Discipline. We coach parents in how to communicate effectively with their kids and how to listen to their kids' needs and address their children's challenging behavior with empathy.

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Katrina Thatcher (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC

With specialized training in Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), I support parents in understanding their children's behavior and learn to communicate love and boundaries in ways their children understand. This process is the foundation of a strong parent-child bond which leads to feelings of competency and satisfaction in parenting.

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Carly Henderson (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

I hold a masters degree in Social and Developmental Psychology - my thesis research focused on parent-child communication and conflict. I have additional training in Collaborative Problem Solving, Positive Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Interpersonal Neurobiology (the brain/mind/relationship connection).

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Sasha Rosenfels, MA, LMFT (She/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

Supporting parents and caretakers in implementing tried and tested strategies and mindsets that support their child's mental and emotional well-being.

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Alisha Phillips (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

My professional experience prior to becoming a counselor was as a parent coach. I have also worked in crisis intervention for parents who have a child that has experienced trauma as a licensed counselor. My approach to working with clients around parenting has to do with examining layers of personal history from childhood, parental identity development, attachment theory, and practical coaching based on child development.

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Gail Westlin, MS, MEd, LPC, LMHC

Licensed Professional Counselor

I will support you in strengthening bonds and communication, learning to de-fuse situations, and instilling the importance of safety and personal freedom.

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Kathy Hardie-Williams M.Ed MS LPC LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

M.Ed MS LPC LMFT

Through professional and personal experiences, I am familiar with the broad range of emotional and behavioral challenges parents often face. I work directly with the parents, children, and the overall dynamic within the family system. I am familiar with the life transitions that families often face , such as divorce and blending families. I also use play therapy and sand tray therapy. I find that working with parents is the most effective way to help with parenting unless the child is a teen.

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Rebekah Springs (She/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT, RPT, ITMH-S

We all wish our children came with a guidebook, but it's possible to find a guide to help you through tough parenting challenges. I provide compassion, integrative assessment, and concrete tools for parents. As a parent myself, I'll integrate first-hand experience with my expertise in infant and child development, neuroscience, play therapy, and relationship-based treatment.

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Brettyn Gibson

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Children don't grow in isolation. Parents are the most important people in the lives of children. I'm happy to help support parents through the challenging and rewarding process of raising children.

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Richard Halpern (he/him)

Professional Counselor

M.A., Trauma Informed Coach

Kudos to you for being open to exploring ways to be better at parenting! This is a hugely rewarding endeavor, but did not come with an instruction manual. I can help! I'm Certified as a Parent Educator in nationally recognized Positive Discipline + Nurturing Parenting Programs. 25+ years experience working with parents, Currently am a Parent Educator for Multnomah Family Court. And, a dad myself!

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Kat Canada (they/them)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, LiCSW

I work with parents and caregivers as part of family therapy services or as a component of therapy for kids and teens. I specialize in Collaborative Problem Solving and similar approaches that center connection, support, and mutual growth and de-center emphasis on behavioral control. My practice is heavily influenced by transformative justice and abolitionist models of accountability.

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MereAnn Reid

Licensed Professional Counselor

Registered Play Therapist, Certified Adoption Therapist

Parenthood is a job that never feels done. But it doesn't have to be alI-consuming! I help parents understand how stuck patterns and chronic stress can fuel the unworkable behaviors you're seeing. We may explore a new approach to setting limits, reworking expectations, or tools for building more connection. I offer parent coaching as part of family play therapy and build active parenting support into our sessions. I run a series of non-therapy workshops for parents at https://www.familyzest.com/

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Jenny Kepler (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

My focus is to help parents and caregivers do so from a grounded place of love and connection. Many parents come to me when they are at very low points, feeling ashamed and angry, bogged down by the day-to-day grind of endless parenting tasks - you don't have to go it alone! You can find links to my parenting articles at http://www.psychedinsanfrancisco.com/author/jennykepler/

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Eric Nielson

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

One of the threads that has run through my work throughout my career is working with parents. I also have extensive experience working with adoptive and foster families, and working with families with children who struggle with things like Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), difficulty with anxiety, anger or impulse control, and attachment issues.

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Sarah Nelson (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Ph.D.

The seasons of pregnancy and parenthood are marked by huge and layered transitions and complex changes in identity. I offer inclusive, holistic, and holding therapy for individuals who are trying to get pregnant, are pregnant, have experienced pregnancy loss or fertility concerns or for those who are adjusting to parenthood or have parenting concerns. I have specialized training in life-span development, particularly in prenatal and postpartum counseling and in parenting.

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Susan Lehman (she/her)

Reverend

CPDT, HART, life coach

With over 30 years of experience working with families and children, I have a variety of techniques of ways to support parents. I am also a CPDT, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer.

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PK Ponti-Foss (She/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

I love working with parents on a variety of issues including but not limited to; co-parenting more efficiently, behavior change with your kids, and becoming the type of parent you want to be. I base a lot of my work with parents in Gottman Method Emotion Coaching, which is research based and tested.

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Ann DeWitt

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

I am a Certified Parent Educator and have been teaching parenting for 20 years. I host a weekly parenting radio show/podcast called Passport to Parenting. I love helping parents to help their kids grow to be confident and competent young people.

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