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.
Local Experts in Parenting
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.
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.
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/
Parent Coaching, behavior problems, structure, ADHD children, family interactions, better communication
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.
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.
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.
I provide support to parents/caregivers of children preschool 0-6.
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!
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.
Parenting can feel like a gift and be really satisfying and it can also be confusing, frustrating and feels like a puzzle you have to solve. At some point every parent could use extra support, together we can explore what you want for your relationship with your child and how you can best get there.
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!
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.
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.
Parenting is in transition from an authoritarian based model to a democratic, attachment based model. There is a lot of pressure on parents to \'do it right.\' I will offer support for where you are, exploring your strengths, needs, and growing in mindfulness and confidence as a parent. I have 3 years of experience working with foster and adoption, and have worked with all members of the triad.
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.
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.
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.
I have experience providing behavior modifications techniques to all different children\'s behaviors.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Modern parenting is the only job we are expected to master without training. You're not alone in feeling overwhelmed by it. As a parent and professional, I understand the challenges and rewards involved in creating and sustaining healthy families. My approach is to coach, cheerlead and support your best parenting self.
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).
Supporting parents and caretakers in implementing tried and tested strategies and mindsets that support their child's mental and emotional well-being.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I offer a wide range of parenting tools to help parents encourage the most successful behavior from their kids.
I will support you in strengthening bonds and communication, learning to de-fuse situations, and instilling the importance of safety and personal freedom.
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.
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.
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 is the hardest job I\'ve ever had! I want to support parents during what is often a tiring, confusing and overwhelming time. I can help you to understand your children\'s developmental stages, different parenting strategies, how to effectively communicate with your children and understand family dynamics. Regardless of the problem, we can work together to find a solution!
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.
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.)
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.
I have successfully raised two healthy emotionally secure young adults - a girl and a boy.
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.
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.
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.
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.