Parenting Therapists in Oakland, CA

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Photo of Dana Cole, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Dana Cole
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611
Most people looking for a relationship therapist wish they could make changes, but don't know how. What they have tried has not worked. Everyone has irresolvable issues. Never do we have the exact same desire for money in the bank, sexual frequency, social activities, neatness, or parenting ideas (etc.) This is built-in conflict. This built-in conflict carries with it the seeds for growth and connection that would not happen in any other way. Living in distress is so awful and so curable. What I do is start with creating safety, so it is safe for you to talk to your partner and be heard, from there needed conversations can occur.
Most people looking for a relationship therapist wish they could make changes, but don't know how. What they have tried has not worked. Everyone has irresolvable issues. Never do we have the exact same desire for money in the bank, sexual frequency, social activities, neatness, or parenting ideas (etc.) This is built-in conflict. This built-in conflict carries with it the seeds for growth and connection that would not happen in any other way. Living in distress is so awful and so curable. What I do is start with creating safety, so it is safe for you to talk to your partner and be heard, from there needed conversations can occur.
(510) 878-4737 View (510) 878-4737
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Cindi Rivera
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Oakland, CA 94602
I am a bilingual bicultural psychotherapist working with adults and couples who are having problems in their relationships and/or who feel badly about themselves or their life situation. The in-depth work I do focuses on one's feelings and significant relationships - past and present. With compassion and deep personal respect, I help my clients to deal with the painful issues, losses and complex struggles of living. I work well with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, parenting issues, inter-racial couples, life transitions, loss, and trauma; toward repairing the relationships that are inevitably affected by these problems.
I am a bilingual bicultural psychotherapist working with adults and couples who are having problems in their relationships and/or who feel badly about themselves or their life situation. The in-depth work I do focuses on one's feelings and significant relationships - past and present. With compassion and deep personal respect, I help my clients to deal with the painful issues, losses and complex struggles of living. I work well with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, parenting issues, inter-racial couples, life transitions, loss, and trauma; toward repairing the relationships that are inevitably affected by these problems.
(510) 470-7374 View (510) 470-7374
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Michael Y. Simon, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MS, LMFT
Verified
Oakland, CA 94602
As the author of an award-winning book on parenting/adolescent development, I can lend you my expertise.
Therapy should not and cannot be "one size fits all." It should be rooted in a consistent, deep effort to understand who you are and what you need, in relation to the resources you have near you. Therapy should also be practical and offer some fairly immediate results, even though bigger change takes time. It's ultimately about collaboration, and the formation of a helpful relationship. Although I have 25 years of clinical experience to bring to our work, it is more important that you feel we have a good match as we enter this work together. I trust that after we talk, you'll know whether it seems like the right match.
As the author of an award-winning book on parenting/adolescent development, I can lend you my expertise.
Therapy should not and cannot be "one size fits all." It should be rooted in a consistent, deep effort to understand who you are and what you need, in relation to the resources you have near you. Therapy should also be practical and offer some fairly immediate results, even though bigger change takes time. It's ultimately about collaboration, and the formation of a helpful relationship. Although I have 25 years of clinical experience to bring to our work, it is more important that you feel we have a good match as we enter this work together. I trust that after we talk, you'll know whether it seems like the right match.
(510) 343-7369 View (510) 343-7369
Photo of Adriana N Taranta, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oakland, CA
Adriana N Taranta
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
Are you concerned about your child’s behavior? Are you struggling to understand what is happening for your child? Are you finding parenting overwhelming? I work with children and parents to help them make meaning of life’s challenges and work with children and parents, both individually and together. I bring more than twenty years of experience providing therapy, consultation, and assessments with children and their families to my clinical practice. I have experience working with children and families around many issues including, loss, attachment, adoption, anxiety, depression, atypical development, learning differences and trauma.
Are you concerned about your child’s behavior? Are you struggling to understand what is happening for your child? Are you finding parenting overwhelming? I work with children and parents to help them make meaning of life’s challenges and work with children and parents, both individually and together. I bring more than twenty years of experience providing therapy, consultation, and assessments with children and their families to my clinical practice. I have experience working with children and families around many issues including, loss, attachment, adoption, anxiety, depression, atypical development, learning differences and trauma.
(510) 661-3529 View (510) 661-3529
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Sheryl FitzGerald
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Oakland, CA 94618  (Online Only)
Finding the right therapist is hard. It is also worth the extra time and effort. Do you feel stuck, depleted or uncertain about your next step in life? Are you struggling to build your family, coping with infertility and loss, or feeling stressed by the demands of parenting? It is common to feel anxious, stressed or unsatisfied when life doesn't go as planned and you’re faced with unexpected challenges. You do not have to feel out of control or travel this journey alone. You deserve to receive therapy that is effective and tailored to you.
Finding the right therapist is hard. It is also worth the extra time and effort. Do you feel stuck, depleted or uncertain about your next step in life? Are you struggling to build your family, coping with infertility and loss, or feeling stressed by the demands of parenting? It is common to feel anxious, stressed or unsatisfied when life doesn't go as planned and you’re faced with unexpected challenges. You do not have to feel out of control or travel this journey alone. You deserve to receive therapy that is effective and tailored to you.
(510) 616-9560 View (510) 616-9560
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Karisa L Barrow
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611
Waitlist for new clients
Specialties: Gender and Sexuality, Foster Care/Adoption, Parenting Work & Trauma Areas of Focus: Adjustment, Depression & Anxiety, Children with Developmental, Emotional & Behavioral Difficulties, Parenting Consultation & Collaboration, Trauma, Loss, Dying & Bereavement.
I strive to create an authentic connection with my clients so we can develop an effective partnership in which healing, trying on new ways of thinking, and exploring change can happen safely. I believe that the foundation of mutual trust, empathy, and curiosity that I create with my clients will help them build meaningful relationships with others, mend old wounds, and learn more about themselves and how they contribute to their struggles. Helping my clients see themselves through a new lens will help them achieve the growth and fulfillment they want in their lives. Please don't hesitate to call for help.
Specialties: Gender and Sexuality, Foster Care/Adoption, Parenting Work & Trauma Areas of Focus: Adjustment, Depression & Anxiety, Children with Developmental, Emotional & Behavioral Difficulties, Parenting Consultation & Collaboration, Trauma, Loss, Dying & Bereavement.
I strive to create an authentic connection with my clients so we can develop an effective partnership in which healing, trying on new ways of thinking, and exploring change can happen safely. I believe that the foundation of mutual trust, empathy, and curiosity that I create with my clients will help them build meaningful relationships with others, mend old wounds, and learn more about themselves and how they contribute to their struggles. Helping my clients see themselves through a new lens will help them achieve the growth and fulfillment they want in their lives. Please don't hesitate to call for help.
(510) 962-9394 View (510) 962-9394
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Alli Gremillion
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Alli. I'm a trauma-informed relational therapist, specialized in working with couples, parents, parent/child, and individuals. You may be seeking effective communication and conflict management in your relationships. You desire to build trust, enhance your relational intelligence, and cultivate a deeper understanding of yourself and others. Perhaps you're navigating challenging moods such as anxiety, depression and loneliness, or you're dealing with recurring problems that keep you feeling stuck. You recognize these experiences are deeply intertwined with the quality of your relationships, work, and life.
Hi, I’m Alli. I'm a trauma-informed relational therapist, specialized in working with couples, parents, parent/child, and individuals. You may be seeking effective communication and conflict management in your relationships. You desire to build trust, enhance your relational intelligence, and cultivate a deeper understanding of yourself and others. Perhaps you're navigating challenging moods such as anxiety, depression and loneliness, or you're dealing with recurring problems that keep you feeling stuck. You recognize these experiences are deeply intertwined with the quality of your relationships, work, and life.
(510) 250-3756 View (510) 250-3756
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Stephanie Rosso
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611
Are you worried about your child? Are they having trouble in school? Not making friends? Has being a parent become really stressful? Parenting is always a challenge and can be even harder if your child is having emotional or behavioral difficulties. My goals are to help children reach their maximum potential emotionally, socially, and behaviorally and help parents be empowered and have more effective parenting skills. I specialize in working with children who have emotional, behavioral and academic difficulties including ADHD, anxiety, depression, poor frustration tolerance, loss of a loved one, trauma, family conflict, and interpersonal relationship difficulties.
Are you worried about your child? Are they having trouble in school? Not making friends? Has being a parent become really stressful? Parenting is always a challenge and can be even harder if your child is having emotional or behavioral difficulties. My goals are to help children reach their maximum potential emotionally, socially, and behaviorally and help parents be empowered and have more effective parenting skills. I specialize in working with children who have emotional, behavioral and academic difficulties including ADHD, anxiety, depression, poor frustration tolerance, loss of a loved one, trauma, family conflict, and interpersonal relationship difficulties.
(510) 822-6721 View (510) 822-6721
Photo of Michelle Sicula, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Michelle Sicula
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, JD
Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
If you are coping with anxiety, sadness, relationship conflict, stress, or parenting challenges I help you manage difficult feelings and reduce your suffering. If you and your partner can't talk without arguing, have lost trust, or lost the spark and want to connect we'll identify what's keeping you from being close and develop the secure connection you want. If you are having trouble getting pregnant or needing help from outside parties to create your family we'll work through any difficult feelings and explore your options for family building so you can make decisions that build your family and fit your values.
If you are coping with anxiety, sadness, relationship conflict, stress, or parenting challenges I help you manage difficult feelings and reduce your suffering. If you and your partner can't talk without arguing, have lost trust, or lost the spark and want to connect we'll identify what's keeping you from being close and develop the secure connection you want. If you are having trouble getting pregnant or needing help from outside parties to create your family we'll work through any difficult feelings and explore your options for family building so you can make decisions that build your family and fit your values.
(510) 491-0766 View (510) 491-0766
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Megan Parker
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
As our world re-opens, many people are experiencing anxiety, depression, and stress due to recent social isolation and the unpredictability of the future. It can be a highly stressful time for people re-entering the world and for parents and teens. I provide individual adult therapy, teen/young adult therapy, and parent coaching. I am knowledgeable with non-traditional family structures (single parent, multiple caregiver, polyamorous, & LGBT families), transgender adolescent/child issues, anxiety, and neurodiversity . I’ve also begun working with the emotional effects of long Covid and chronic fatigue.
As our world re-opens, many people are experiencing anxiety, depression, and stress due to recent social isolation and the unpredictability of the future. It can be a highly stressful time for people re-entering the world and for parents and teens. I provide individual adult therapy, teen/young adult therapy, and parent coaching. I am knowledgeable with non-traditional family structures (single parent, multiple caregiver, polyamorous, & LGBT families), transgender adolescent/child issues, anxiety, and neurodiversity . I’ve also begun working with the emotional effects of long Covid and chronic fatigue.
(415) 347-8868 View (415) 347-8868
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Marla R Rosen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MEd, MFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
Your child is struggling with anxiety, feelings of loneliness or has outsized rage that lingers in feelings of shame. As a parent you are at a loss at how to soothe, and despite the depths of compassion and empathy you offer, you still find it hard to understand the meaning in your child's behavior. The times we are living in are difficult and your own triggers are easily ignited. Moving in and out of Covid fears, current world conditions such as political unrest and climate change are all part of the human psyche. You are looking for hope and to become better equipped to manage your responses. You want your child to thrive.
Your child is struggling with anxiety, feelings of loneliness or has outsized rage that lingers in feelings of shame. As a parent you are at a loss at how to soothe, and despite the depths of compassion and empathy you offer, you still find it hard to understand the meaning in your child's behavior. The times we are living in are difficult and your own triggers are easily ignited. Moving in and out of Covid fears, current world conditions such as political unrest and climate change are all part of the human psyche. You are looking for hope and to become better equipped to manage your responses. You want your child to thrive.
(510) 399-0473 View (510) 399-0473
Photo of Janine Heisler, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Janine Heisler
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Oakland, CA 94619  (Online Only)
When people are stuck at critical life crossroads they sometimes need a clear sounding board. I help clients think through important decisions and make choices that let them move forward. Much of my work has centered on relationship conflicts, life transitions, depression, anxiety, parenting, and assertiveness development. I ultimately assist clients in leading authentic lives of their choosing.
When people are stuck at critical life crossroads they sometimes need a clear sounding board. I help clients think through important decisions and make choices that let them move forward. Much of my work has centered on relationship conflicts, life transitions, depression, anxiety, parenting, and assertiveness development. I ultimately assist clients in leading authentic lives of their choosing.
(415) 997-5098 View (415) 997-5098
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Kara A Schmitt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PPSC
Verified
Oakland, CA 94602  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating adult and adolescent anxiety, life transitions (including divorce/separation, career changes, and geographical moves), parenting and co-parenting, and postpartum anxiety/depression. I’m also a certified couples therapist. I draw heavily on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Somatic Therapy to support my clients. I have broad professional experience, including Behavioral Health Lead at Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, extensive work in community mental health, clinical supervision, and program lead at Kaiser Permanente.
I specialize in treating adult and adolescent anxiety, life transitions (including divorce/separation, career changes, and geographical moves), parenting and co-parenting, and postpartum anxiety/depression. I’m also a certified couples therapist. I draw heavily on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Somatic Therapy to support my clients. I have broad professional experience, including Behavioral Health Lead at Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, extensive work in community mental health, clinical supervision, and program lead at Kaiser Permanente.
(415) 991-7802 View (415) 991-7802
Photo of Kathy Brady, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oakland, CA
Kathy Brady
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609
Life in the Bay Area is challenging and the additional stress associated with being LGBTQ+, a woman, pregnant, a parent or all of the above can push it over the edge. Sometimes, especially if you didn’t feel protected or cared for as a child or if something bad has happened to you, life can feel like you’re in over your head. Relationships feel out of control and painful, sleeping is hard and you can’t seem to take care of yourself the way you know you should. Emotions can feel like a roller coaster and daily responsibilities like work or kids are overwhelming. It is possible to feel better and good therapy can help.
Life in the Bay Area is challenging and the additional stress associated with being LGBTQ+, a woman, pregnant, a parent or all of the above can push it over the edge. Sometimes, especially if you didn’t feel protected or cared for as a child or if something bad has happened to you, life can feel like you’re in over your head. Relationships feel out of control and painful, sleeping is hard and you can’t seem to take care of yourself the way you know you should. Emotions can feel like a roller coaster and daily responsibilities like work or kids are overwhelming. It is possible to feel better and good therapy can help.
(628) 300-3570 View (628) 300-3570
Photo of Alia Dolan, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oakland, CA
Alia Dolan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94612
Are you experiencing a loss, going through a life transition, feeling the impact of everyday stress, or just needing a space for someone to hold your feelings? Or are you an adolescent or young adult who needs the support of another caring adult, or a parent/caregiver who wants this type of support for your teen? Do you want to be able to share (unedited) your experience with someone who will help you navigate through it?
Are you experiencing a loss, going through a life transition, feeling the impact of everyday stress, or just needing a space for someone to hold your feelings? Or are you an adolescent or young adult who needs the support of another caring adult, or a parent/caregiver who wants this type of support for your teen? Do you want to be able to share (unedited) your experience with someone who will help you navigate through it?
(415) 360-3340 View (415) 360-3340
Photo of Karen Flynn, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Karen Flynn
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
I love my work! My specialty is repairing relationships using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Gottman-focused techniques. Educated and experienced in both models, I have completed all necessary requirements for certification. EFT is ideal for use with couples, individuals, and families. Clinical background includes training from UCSF's Infant-Parent-Program in San Francisco, The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley, in addition to The Women's Therapy Center also in Berkeley. If you are looking to enhance any relationship using evidence-based techniques and you welcome a compassionate challenge, then we should talk.
I love my work! My specialty is repairing relationships using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Gottman-focused techniques. Educated and experienced in both models, I have completed all necessary requirements for certification. EFT is ideal for use with couples, individuals, and families. Clinical background includes training from UCSF's Infant-Parent-Program in San Francisco, The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley, in addition to The Women's Therapy Center also in Berkeley. If you are looking to enhance any relationship using evidence-based techniques and you welcome a compassionate challenge, then we should talk.
(510) 272-7350 View (510) 272-7350
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Renea Lynn
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
I also love providing play/talk therapy for kids/teens & finding best parenting strategies for their kid's/teen's unique needs.
If you are looking for down to earth & collaborative therapy, I'd be happy to see how I can be of help. I'm dedicated to providing a therapeutic environment that is inclusive, welcoming, culturally humble, compassionate and thoughtful. In addition to treating depression, anxiety and trauma, I specialize in 1. Relational Trauma (when someone has been repeatedly hurt by a loved one, community, institution and/or society), 2. Religious Trauma (when theology, culture and/or religious leader/community has caused shame, fear and pain) and 3. Child/Adolescent Therapy (for ADHD, school refusal, social struggles, depression and anxiety).
I also love providing play/talk therapy for kids/teens & finding best parenting strategies for their kid's/teen's unique needs.
If you are looking for down to earth & collaborative therapy, I'd be happy to see how I can be of help. I'm dedicated to providing a therapeutic environment that is inclusive, welcoming, culturally humble, compassionate and thoughtful. In addition to treating depression, anxiety and trauma, I specialize in 1. Relational Trauma (when someone has been repeatedly hurt by a loved one, community, institution and/or society), 2. Religious Trauma (when theology, culture and/or religious leader/community has caused shame, fear and pain) and 3. Child/Adolescent Therapy (for ADHD, school refusal, social struggles, depression and anxiety).
(510) 454-8739 View (510) 454-8739
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Janelle Bercun
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
I primarily specialize in early childhood and the surrounding relationships. I work with children ages 0-8 focusing on life's adjustments, both the expected and the unexpected. I can offer support to children coping with adjustments, grief/loss, trauma, and anxiety. I also specialize in supporting parents as they navigate this journey alongside their children. I offer parent consultation as well as supportive parenting therapy, helping to nurture the parent-child relationship and improve communication.
I primarily specialize in early childhood and the surrounding relationships. I work with children ages 0-8 focusing on life's adjustments, both the expected and the unexpected. I can offer support to children coping with adjustments, grief/loss, trauma, and anxiety. I also specialize in supporting parents as they navigate this journey alongside their children. I offer parent consultation as well as supportive parenting therapy, helping to nurture the parent-child relationship and improve communication.
(510) 822-7794 View (510) 822-7794
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Heather Genschmer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
Do you find yourself repeating unhealthy patterns in your life? Are you a new parent and finding that you are struggling to stay connected to your partner? Have you adopted a child and need parenting support? I work with individuals and couples (same and opposite sex) interested in reaching a deeper understanding of themselves and their interactions with the rest of the world. In my practice, I provide a supportive and safe environment for individuals to be heard and understood; at the same time, I am active and engaging.
Do you find yourself repeating unhealthy patterns in your life? Are you a new parent and finding that you are struggling to stay connected to your partner? Have you adopted a child and need parenting support? I work with individuals and couples (same and opposite sex) interested in reaching a deeper understanding of themselves and their interactions with the rest of the world. In my practice, I provide a supportive and safe environment for individuals to be heard and understood; at the same time, I am active and engaging.
(510) 878-6452 View (510) 878-6452
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Jamie Watkins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
I am a psychodynamically trained therapist with a background in long term psychotherapy, family therapy (brief strategic family therapy), and infant-parent psychotherapy.
I believe that healing occurs in a safe space with a trusted other. People seek out therapy for different reasons and often these reasons are hard to talk about. Maybe you are wrestling with painful memories from your past, maybe you find it difficult to have satisfying relationships, maybe you are experiencing anxiety and depression, or, perhaps, you are having difficulty coping with a loss or connecting with your child. It can be quite helpful to explore these issues and trace back their roots; processing, exploring, and being curious about feelings and beliefs that may come up along the way.
I am a psychodynamically trained therapist with a background in long term psychotherapy, family therapy (brief strategic family therapy), and infant-parent psychotherapy.
I believe that healing occurs in a safe space with a trusted other. People seek out therapy for different reasons and often these reasons are hard to talk about. Maybe you are wrestling with painful memories from your past, maybe you find it difficult to have satisfying relationships, maybe you are experiencing anxiety and depression, or, perhaps, you are having difficulty coping with a loss or connecting with your child. It can be quite helpful to explore these issues and trace back their roots; processing, exploring, and being curious about feelings and beliefs that may come up along the way.
(408) 916-1899 View (408) 916-1899

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Parenting Therapists

What does therapy for parenting look like?

Therapists may work with parents individually, together, or include the whole family to find solutions for the problems a parent faces. Many parent-based therapies work on a parent’s relationship with their children, problem-solving within the family, and analysis of family dynamics. Therapy conducted remotely by video may be helpful in allowing a therapist to observe how families interact in their own homes.

When should a parent seek therapy?

When behavioral problems begin to disrupt the healthy functioning of a family, it may be a good time to look into therapy. If parents find that children are acting out in school, have started using drugs or alcohol, have developed eating disorders, or other similar red flags, a therapist may be able to help.

How long does therapy take for parenting problems?

Depending on the severity of a family’s challenges and the type of treatment utilized, therapy for parenting can last from weeks to months. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a pragmatic therapy type that can be brief, most often ranging from between 5 and 20 sessions. Structural family therapy, which inspects family dynamics, often takes several months. Parent-child interaction therapy is typically shorter-term, lasting between 10 and 20 sessions. For any therapy, the duration will depend on the progress made and results realized.

Can therapy help parents dealing with burnout or stress?

Parenting is difficult. Parents may dismiss or conceal feelings of exhaustion, overwhelm, or escape ideation—imagining withdrawing from their parental obligations altogether. but left unattended, these feelings can have negative effects on the whole family. A therapist can help parents work on the skills they might need to better cope with the burdens of parenting and help them be the best parents they can be.