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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Erin Berk, LPC (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA,ATR,LPC

Parenting can be challenging. At times, we are tested and we may begin to feel off balance and need to have time to reconnect to the deeper parts of yourself that may need your attention, you may feel numb, angry, lost. Therapy can help you reconnect and discover what you need and how to regain a sense of control and peace for yourself and your family.

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Irma E. Llanes

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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Nahomie Guillaume (She/Her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

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

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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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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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Aimee Polzin

Licensed Professional Counselor

Using my education in child development, I work with parents to identify their struggles with parenting (be it a one time issue or an on going parenting struggle) and develop a plan to support the entire family system.

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Gudmund Lee

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

It's a tough job looking after another human, no matter what age or stage, and we all need support. I am trained in child and family therapy, and have completed the Tier II Collaborative Problem Solving training with OHSU. Sometimes that means just someone to listen and agree with you, other times it means specific skills.

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Maria Arias

Licensed Professional Counselor

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

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Rebecca Dodge (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Psy.D.

I have 10 years of experience providing therapy services to parents and their children. I have specialized training in Positive Parenting and worked as a research interventionist at UO providing these approaches. Additionally, I have training in attachment theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Incredible Years and Everyday Parenting curriculums, and Collaborative Problem Solving.

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Kenny Benjamin, MA

Marriage and Family Therapist

MA, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY

As a former stay-at-home dad, teacher, and children's art center and gym owner, I have spent 2 decades working with kids and their parents.

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Ashley Huddleston

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

The primary focus of my work is the parent-child relationship (this includes foster/adoptive parents and other primary caregivers); therefore, the parent/caregiver is actively involved in therapy. All interventions include emotional support and concrete skills for the parent/caregiver - with the aim of helping parents feel more confident in responding to their child's behavior and needs.

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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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Sasha Rosenfels, MA, LMFT

Licensed Professional Counselor

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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Jenny Kepler

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

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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Amanda Engracia Ayala (she/her)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

M.A.

As a family therapist, I have a systems perspective background to work with family dynamics. Additionally, I spent more than a decade working as a professional nanny in LA with families of all economic backgrounds, which allows me to work with families in the room at ease.

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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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Jolie Guillebeau

Licensed Professional Counselor

Parent Child Interaction Therapy is an evidence based practice that provides support to parents as they navigate challenging behaviors. As the parent, you are the greatest support to your children. My job is to support you in supporting them--parenting is hard work, and we all need all the help we can get.

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Brettyn Gibson

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

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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Heather Vliet (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Parenting is tremendously challenging! It is my honor to support parents as they learn and put into practice new strategies, strengthen their relationship with their co-parent(s), clarify their family's goals and values and negotiate current cultural pressures.

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Brittany Eide

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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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Gillian Chachere

I offer a wide range of parenting tools to help parents encourage the most successful behavior from their kids.

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PK Ponti-Foss

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

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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Roxana I Nedelcu

Clinical Psychologist

PhD Licensed Behavior Analyst

I think parents are a major contributor to a child's success and well-being. I work with parents of children who have learning difficulties or ASD to help them discover their children's strengths, how to use those strengths to then work on weaknesses, and how to build a better relationship with their child.

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Kate Stidd

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

Through my training as a play therapist, years as a classroom teacher, and in my personal experiences with the world of parenting, I have found some excellent tools to share with parents. I offer one-on-one, couple, and group parenting therapy/training that will give you additional tools to set limits, give choices, and open up and improve communication with your children.

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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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Lisa Silverman (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

As we begin to parent our children, we begin to notice ourselves in new ways. We are confronted with our values and desires, and the conflicts that can emerge between them. We are confronted with our own personhood. Parenting may require that we know something about child development; certainly it requires that we know something about our selves. Together, we can explore your best ways to parent.

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Richard Halpern, M.A.

Professional Counselor

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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Gail Westlin, MS, MEd, LPC

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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Katrina Thatcher (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LPC Intern

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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MereAnn Reid

Licensed Professional Counselor

I help parents understand how attachment dynamics and 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 into your family. I'm a Hand in Hand Parenting group leader. I offer parent coaching, parent-child sessions, and parent peer support groups.

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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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Eric Nielson

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

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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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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Courtney Burns

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Parenting is hard work! I am able to offer parenting support and education in doing what can feel like life's most daunting task.

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Angela Keeney, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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 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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Stephanie Leschber (She/Her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, LICSW

Whether you’re just starting out with parenting or entering a new phase in your family life – I’m here for you. Exploring your relationship with parenting can be a deeply rewarding process.

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Julie Kirchner (She/her)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

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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Ivana Maclay

Licensed Professional Counselor

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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Kevin Wright

Licensed Professional Counselor

Parenting is challenging to say the least. I remember when my wife and I were first married and went out to eat. We noticed a lot of noisy and out of control children. We told ourselves, when we have children they won't be acting like that. Then we had children and joined the parenting club. I enjoy supporting parents in developing the supportive parents they really want to be!

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Susan Lehman

Reverend

With over 30 years of experience working with families and children, I have a variety of techniques of ways to support parents.

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Katie Playfair, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC (OR and Tx) LMHC (WA)

While I am a mom of three, I don't put my own parenting values on my clients. My objective in working with parents is to help them discover their own parenting values and to live those values to the greatest extent possible, given the incredible juggling act parenting is. I am an imperfect parent too and I try to help my clients struggling in this job be the best imperfect version of themselves.

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Kathy Hardie-Williams M.Ed MS NCC LPC LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

M.Ed MS NCC 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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Anthony Marchant

Licensed Professional Counselor

Extensive training and experience with parenting issues and family issues.

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Jessica 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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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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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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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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Heather Sherman

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Most of the last 6 years of my life have focused on supporting parents and I have quite a bit of training in this area.

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