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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In my individual work with parents, I will provide a safe space to listen as you talk about the challenges you might be facing. I will help normalize your experience, while also taking your concerns seriously. I will infuse hope and specific tools for communicating with your child. I will help you shift from caregiver to guide as your child moves into and through adolescence.

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).

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

As a school counselor, I consulted with parents to strategize interventions and support a child’s and family’s communication and wellbeing. I work with parents in a numerous ways, including creating practical, effective strategies to support a child’s self-esteem, resilience, and calmness. I ask parents to examine the values they are trying to impart to their children and how to go about doing so.

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

I entered into this field with a passion for families to be able to feel safe and loved and cared for. I also long for families to be able to be their own unique beautiful selves in a system that supports individuality and self-expression. The parent child relationship is so important. I long for parents to have the security they need, so that they can offer that security to their children.

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.

I see children ages 15 and older. I also help parents understand their child\'s issues and how to best support and parent their child. Further, I support the parents\' challenges related to their child and the child\'s struggles.

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.

Coparenting

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

I provide support to parents with children of all ages, from infants to adults. Parenting is extraordinarily hard work and is fraught with challenges that are hard to anticipate until you're facing them. Although I'm a mom of two, my goal in counseling parents is to help clients find their own parenting values and ways of living those values to be the best they can be.

Parents might be the most under-trained, under-resourced demographic in all the world. Seriously, and you are playing such a big, wonderful role in society! Let\'s learn how we can translate the challenges you\'re having as a parent into more energy, more happiness, and more closeness with your children and family.

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).

I can teach you how to raise happy, confident kids and how to manage misbehavior so everyone in your home enjoys life more. I can help you set rules and routines and encourage behavior that you like. I can teach you how to take care of yourself as a parent and to feel confident that you\'re doing the right thing. I have training and certification in Triple P Positive Parenting.

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.

I believe that parenting is the toughest job out there- it can change your perspective, your goals and your view of yourself. But it shouldn't feel like a crisis and I can help you navigate to calmer, happier interactions with your kids and a more confident place for you.

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.

As a parent and professional, I understand the challenges and rewards involved in creating and sustaining healthy families. I have an honest and practical approach to helping parents navigate the many adjustments in ones sense of self that come with parenting.

I am especially attuned to the challenges parents face while pursuing careers, particularly when trying to re-enter the workforce after an absence or attempting to juggle multiple obligations.

In addition to years of experience as a teacher, nanny, and childcare provider, I am a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. I can teach clients practical skills and knowledge to make parenting easier and more peaceful. In therapy, I am able to help parents to manage stress and examine their family history and relationship patterns that may be influencing their parenting style.

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.

Parenting is the most important, most rewarding, and most difficult job in our society. The level of emotion can sometimes be overwhelming for parents. Counseling provides an opportunity for validation, support for challenging parenting issues, and ways to create respite for parents. The better you take care of yourself as a parent, the better your able to take care of your children.

I use emotion coaching to help parents obtain relationship satisfaction while teaching their children about how to manage conflict, self-soothe, provide mutual appreciation toward others around them. Often parents must learn to model these behaviors and provide consistency for their children, teens or adult children to respond reciprocally.

I have taught yoga and childbirth education classes to expectant and new parents for over ten years and have received parenting training through post-graduate work. I am also the mother of three adolescent children.

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

Whether you're a parent of a young child or adolescent, sometimes it may feel like you're at a loss. I work with you & your child to overcome some of life's difficulties that you both may be struggling with (i.e., child not sleeping in their own bed, life transitions such as divorce, splitting time between households, poor communication, difficult emotions, household expectations, etc.)

Extensive training and experience with parenting issues and family issues.

Raising teenagers and parenting young adults can be much harder than it appears or than you expected. As the saying goes - little kids, little problems; big kids, big problems. Teenagers and young adults still need you, but in very different ways than when they were younger. Being present for them when they are ready to connect, while still letting them fail periodically, is challenging.

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.

The role of a parent is one of the most challenging, frustrating, overwhelming, and rewarding that a person can ever have. Creating the connection between you and your children is vital to their growth as individuals. My work with parents will focus on developing the language and communication skills all parents need to build a relationship with their children.

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!

I received training in Jim Fay's Discipline with Love and Logic Program and subscribe to their journals. In my work with children and adolescents I utilize the collaborative problem solving model to aid in resolving parent-child conflicts. These approaches take into consideration the goal of building a relationship between parent and child based on mutual respect, empathy, and responsibility.

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

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.

My more recent work with the Parenting Support Center of Portland and the work of writer Jo Anne Nordling, combined with the real-life experience of parenting children has led me to help parents learn how to balance emotional connectivity with caring and thoughtful structure and boundaries for their kids. I help adults parent with less stress, more choice and skills, and in turn, more joy.

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 work with moms on issues of mom stress, mom guilt, mom anxiety. I help moms understand how to feel confident they are doing a good job. Because moms, you are doing a good job, you are doing a great job!

The basis of my parenting philosophy is a combination of mindful parenting, brain based science, and Collaborative Problem Solving. \nI blend all three of these philosophies in my coaching practice. Taking into account the age, developmental level and needs of the child, along with the needs of the parent(s), I help you design a style of parenting that best suits your family.

There is a saying that goes, 'when you are a parent the days are long, but the years are short.' I think there is great wisdom in this statement. I combine information on brain development and attachment with more behaviorally focused strategies to help parents be the best parents they can be.

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.

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.

I have raised four children through many emotional, mental, and physical challenges. I could not have done this without support so I love to support parents and help them brainstorm when difficult parenting issues arise. I especially love talking to parents who have LGBTQ kids and find it difficult to understand their worldview. I also offer support to parents of children with mental disorders.

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.

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.

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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