Parenting Therapists in Saint Louis, MO

Photo of Jasmine Berger - Bud to Bloom Play Therapy, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Bud to Bloom Play Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63118
We also offer play based family therapy including Parent Child Interaction Theraplay, Theraplay based therapy or more traditional family therapy to address family dynamics.
Bud to Bloom Play Therapy is a place for the whole family to play, grow and heal! Is your child's behavior challenging of difficult to understand? Are you unsure how to help your child after a trauma or big life transition? We support children, families and parents healing from trauma, attachment disruptions and many of life's other challenges . We specialize in trauma, big behaviors and adoptive and foster families. We believe the powers of play can help build connection, regulation and allow for emotional expression. Whether you are a caregiver looking for therapy for your child, your family or yourself we're happy to help!
We also offer play based family therapy including Parent Child Interaction Theraplay, Theraplay based therapy or more traditional family therapy to address family dynamics.
Bud to Bloom Play Therapy is a place for the whole family to play, grow and heal! Is your child's behavior challenging of difficult to understand? Are you unsure how to help your child after a trauma or big life transition? We support children, families and parents healing from trauma, attachment disruptions and many of life's other challenges . We specialize in trauma, big behaviors and adoptive and foster families. We believe the powers of play can help build connection, regulation and allow for emotional expression. Whether you are a caregiver looking for therapy for your child, your family or yourself we're happy to help!
(314) 948-5268 View (314) 948-5268
Photo of Marybeth Gras, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Marybeth Gras
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63139
I have experience working with adults and adolescents in areas related to life transitions, relationships, parent-child relationships, neurodiversity, depression, trauma, career and academic/school problems.
Being human is difficult! Committing to counseling provides viable options to the struggles you face. As you grow in your understanding of yourself and your world, you will begin to find that you have more choices than you thought possible — real alternatives to being defeated, becoming numb, or simply being trapped in knee-jerk patterns and reactions. Growth in this way does require trust and vulnerability, but not just from you — from both of us! My deepest hope is to be a compassionate collaborator and a source of safety and insight as you make small steps towards big change.
I have experience working with adults and adolescents in areas related to life transitions, relationships, parent-child relationships, neurodiversity, depression, trauma, career and academic/school problems.
Being human is difficult! Committing to counseling provides viable options to the struggles you face. As you grow in your understanding of yourself and your world, you will begin to find that you have more choices than you thought possible — real alternatives to being defeated, becoming numb, or simply being trapped in knee-jerk patterns and reactions. Growth in this way does require trust and vulnerability, but not just from you — from both of us! My deepest hope is to be a compassionate collaborator and a source of safety and insight as you make small steps towards big change.
(314) 970-5501 View (314) 970-5501
Photo of Lee Bascom, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Lee Bascom
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63132
As a clinical social worker/registered play therapist, I work with children ages 3-9 and their families. I primarily use Child Centered Play Therapy and I am also trained in Theraplay, SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) and Trauma-Focused CBT. Click on "website" below my picture to see more about me.
As a clinical social worker/registered play therapist, I work with children ages 3-9 and their families. I primarily use Child Centered Play Therapy and I am also trained in Theraplay, SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) and Trauma-Focused CBT. Click on "website" below my picture to see more about me.
(314) 649-5725 View (314) 649-5725
Photo of Katie Taggart, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Katie Taggart
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63141
I work with clients to navigate parenting, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, major life changes, as weIl as many others.
We all go through times in our lives when we feel lost and overwhelmed. In our individually focused therapy sessions we will work together to gain insight into your current struggles. I want you to feel safe and comfortable so that real change can be made. When a person feels safe, they are able to be open and honest about their feelings.
I work with clients to navigate parenting, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, major life changes, as weIl as many others.
We all go through times in our lives when we feel lost and overwhelmed. In our individually focused therapy sessions we will work together to gain insight into your current struggles. I want you to feel safe and comfortable so that real change can be made. When a person feels safe, they are able to be open and honest about their feelings.
(314) 876-0686 View (314) 876-0686
Photo of Juliana Varela, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Juliana Varela
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63117
People seek therapy for variety of reasons, ranging from difficulties with a specific life event or a general pursuit for greater purpose and connectedness. Psychotherapy offers an arena for self exploration unlike any other and can prove to be a profoundly moving experience. I work with individuals affected by trauma, difficulties in relationships, depression/post-partum depression, infertility, adoption, parenting, struggles in cultural adaptation and immigration, identity, self-esteem, sexuality, etc. Often I find that the most meaningful change comes from those who are open and willing to engage in the journey. The change you seek comes from you and will be our guiding force.
People seek therapy for variety of reasons, ranging from difficulties with a specific life event or a general pursuit for greater purpose and connectedness. Psychotherapy offers an arena for self exploration unlike any other and can prove to be a profoundly moving experience. I work with individuals affected by trauma, difficulties in relationships, depression/post-partum depression, infertility, adoption, parenting, struggles in cultural adaptation and immigration, identity, self-esteem, sexuality, etc. Often I find that the most meaningful change comes from those who are open and willing to engage in the journey. The change you seek comes from you and will be our guiding force.
(314) 591-5187 View (314) 591-5187
Photo of Trecia K Davis, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Trecia K Davis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Not accepting new clients
You are tired of fighting, having to explain yourself, being disappointed, and grieving the life you planned as a child. Parenting is one of the HARDEST and most fulfilling experiences that one can have in this lifetime, but it can sometimes feel like a constant battle. If you toss in co-parenting with an ex-partner, trying to integrate a new partner into your "ready-made" family, and/or being a caregiver to a family member due to unfavorable circumstances, things get a lot more complicated. Being the child in these situations, can be even harder to navigate because everything can feel so unstable. All of it feels exhausting!
You are tired of fighting, having to explain yourself, being disappointed, and grieving the life you planned as a child. Parenting is one of the HARDEST and most fulfilling experiences that one can have in this lifetime, but it can sometimes feel like a constant battle. If you toss in co-parenting with an ex-partner, trying to integrate a new partner into your "ready-made" family, and/or being a caregiver to a family member due to unfavorable circumstances, things get a lot more complicated. Being the child in these situations, can be even harder to navigate because everything can feel so unstable. All of it feels exhausting!
(314) 309-3367 View (314) 309-3367
Photo of McCoy Edmonds, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
McCoy Edmonds
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63104
Waitlist for new clients
Hello! I'm McCoy and an AutPlay Certified Therapist. I work with Neurodivergent children (ADHD, Autistic, Dyslexic, etc.) and their families. When I work with Neurodivergent kids, my job is not to change their brain but to work with them to help kids become their best selves. I have experience working with a variety of client challenges, including big emotional outbursts, social isolation, high discipline at school, self injurious behavior, and parent overwhelm. My demeanor is calm and validating. I aim to make a space for everybody and every kind of human struggle. You and your child are welcome here.
Hello! I'm McCoy and an AutPlay Certified Therapist. I work with Neurodivergent children (ADHD, Autistic, Dyslexic, etc.) and their families. When I work with Neurodivergent kids, my job is not to change their brain but to work with them to help kids become their best selves. I have experience working with a variety of client challenges, including big emotional outbursts, social isolation, high discipline at school, self injurious behavior, and parent overwhelm. My demeanor is calm and validating. I aim to make a space for everybody and every kind of human struggle. You and your child are welcome here.
(314) 266-3489 View (314) 266-3489
Photo of Sean Reilly, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Sean Reilly
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63128
Not accepting new clients
I enjoy working with couples, families, and individuals who are in need of and ready for change. My clients come to me with a range of issues, such as conflict in blended or adoptive families, infidelity, suicidality, parenting conflict, life transitions, and general breakdown in relationship communication. My clients want to feel heard and connected to others and the world around them. They work with me to find hope and fulfillment in their lives and work to maintain a positive, yet realistic, perspective.
I enjoy working with couples, families, and individuals who are in need of and ready for change. My clients come to me with a range of issues, such as conflict in blended or adoptive families, infidelity, suicidality, parenting conflict, life transitions, and general breakdown in relationship communication. My clients want to feel heard and connected to others and the world around them. They work with me to find hope and fulfillment in their lives and work to maintain a positive, yet realistic, perspective.
(636) 238-2744 View (636) 238-2744
Photo of Tina Marie Dale, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Tina Marie Dale
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63141
Consistent collaborative caregiver/parent-work is critical in treating childhood issues.
Your relationship with yourself is reflected in interactions with family, friends, colleagues, professional life and your worldview. How do you seek, expect and provide attunement to yourself and important others? Often unrecognized inter-generational relational themes play a part in the manner by which one seeks connection. Attachment and relational patterns meant to gain closeness can mean one feels known & accepted or invisible & rejected. You can learn to listen to yourself with open-minded curiosity in order to identify your relational style, understanding how it supports or hinders you in life.
Consistent collaborative caregiver/parent-work is critical in treating childhood issues.
Your relationship with yourself is reflected in interactions with family, friends, colleagues, professional life and your worldview. How do you seek, expect and provide attunement to yourself and important others? Often unrecognized inter-generational relational themes play a part in the manner by which one seeks connection. Attachment and relational patterns meant to gain closeness can mean one feels known & accepted or invisible & rejected. You can learn to listen to yourself with open-minded curiosity in order to identify your relational style, understanding how it supports or hinders you in life.
(314) 287-5387 View (314) 287-5387
Photo of Toni Richter - Conscious Momma Therapy, LCSW, CYT, TCYM, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Conscious Momma Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CYT, TCYM
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63109  (Online Only)
You're a mom, expecting or new, determined to parent differently than you were raised. Negative beliefs about yourself and "what ifs" seem never-ending. Fear and anxiety over repeating old patterns spiral around your brain and body and cause you to overthink decisions and disconnect. Resistance and misunderstanding from family members cause you to shut down, and feel shame, and guilt. Unsolicited advice from family feels overwhelming. You feel judged and confused! Self-care is more important than ever when you forge new paths as a woman and mother. You deeply want to let go of this pain and worry and forge a new path for yourself .
You're a mom, expecting or new, determined to parent differently than you were raised. Negative beliefs about yourself and "what ifs" seem never-ending. Fear and anxiety over repeating old patterns spiral around your brain and body and cause you to overthink decisions and disconnect. Resistance and misunderstanding from family members cause you to shut down, and feel shame, and guilt. Unsolicited advice from family feels overwhelming. You feel judged and confused! Self-care is more important than ever when you forge new paths as a woman and mother. You deeply want to let go of this pain and worry and forge a new path for yourself .
(314) 834-5832 View (314) 834-5832
Photo of Megan J Adamo, MSW, LCSW, RPT, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Megan J Adamo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, RPT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63131
When I work with children and adolescents, it is imperative that I partner with their parent(s)/caregiver(s) to create effective and lasting change.
I work with adults, adolescents, and children. Often, as adults, we find ourselves stuck. You keep trying, yet things aren’t getting better. Usually, this means you have developed a self-limiting belief. Let’s talk. Together we can identify the root of the issue, develop new core beliefs, and create a plan to develop a more fulfilling life. Children and adolescents need a safe space and a person that accepts them for who they truly are, so they can express themselves openly. I focus on helping them see their true worth to enhance their growth and development, while teaching them skills to express emotions and cope with stressors.
When I work with children and adolescents, it is imperative that I partner with their parent(s)/caregiver(s) to create effective and lasting change.
I work with adults, adolescents, and children. Often, as adults, we find ourselves stuck. You keep trying, yet things aren’t getting better. Usually, this means you have developed a self-limiting belief. Let’s talk. Together we can identify the root of the issue, develop new core beliefs, and create a plan to develop a more fulfilling life. Children and adolescents need a safe space and a person that accepts them for who they truly are, so they can express themselves openly. I focus on helping them see their true worth to enhance their growth and development, while teaching them skills to express emotions and cope with stressors.
(636) 428-3547 x417 View (636) 428-3547 x417
Photo of Ronita Herron, MA, PLPC, NCC, Pre-Licensed Professional
Ronita Herron
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, PLPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63112
I have experience supporting clients through transition/adjustment, career counseling, depression, anxiety, family/relationship issues, parenting and more.
Life gets hard and sometimes we just need a little support. Together, we will work through the obstacles have come your way. You deserve to live your life to the fullest and you don't have to face the challenges of life alone.
I have experience supporting clients through transition/adjustment, career counseling, depression, anxiety, family/relationship issues, parenting and more.
Life gets hard and sometimes we just need a little support. Together, we will work through the obstacles have come your way. You deserve to live your life to the fullest and you don't have to face the challenges of life alone.
(314) 697-1897 View (314) 697-1897
Photo of Jessica Heitman, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Jessica Heitman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63128  (Online Only)
I support clients through pregnancy, postpartum, parenting, and women's issues find their way to being the mother they imagined.
Do you find yourself caught between moments of joy and love, yet overwhelmed and adrift? Are you grappling with guilt as you navigate what should be a joyful time? Does your toddler's behavior make you feel like you are boiling over? The "what if's" of motherhood are keeping you on edge? Regardless what stage of motherhood you're in, together, we will ride the waves of motherhood with ease, grace, & confidence. For more information, visit wavesofmotherhood.com.
I support clients through pregnancy, postpartum, parenting, and women's issues find their way to being the mother they imagined.
Do you find yourself caught between moments of joy and love, yet overwhelmed and adrift? Are you grappling with guilt as you navigate what should be a joyful time? Does your toddler's behavior make you feel like you are boiling over? The "what if's" of motherhood are keeping you on edge? Regardless what stage of motherhood you're in, together, we will ride the waves of motherhood with ease, grace, & confidence. For more information, visit wavesofmotherhood.com.
(314) 730-3954 View (314) 730-3954
Photo of Katie Heiden-Rootes, PhD, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Katie Heiden-Rootes
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63108
Not accepting new clients
I am a Licensed Marital & Family Therapist (MFT) and an approved supervisor through the State of Missouri Board of MFT and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. My clinical experience is with individuals, couples, and families related to sexuality, communication, conflict, and parent-child relationships with queer & trans youth. I utilize emotionally-focused, attachment-based, and playful interventions for unsticking the stuck parts of life. I have extensive couple & sexuality training and experience as a certified Sex Therapist through the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.
I am a Licensed Marital & Family Therapist (MFT) and an approved supervisor through the State of Missouri Board of MFT and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. My clinical experience is with individuals, couples, and families related to sexuality, communication, conflict, and parent-child relationships with queer & trans youth. I utilize emotionally-focused, attachment-based, and playful interventions for unsticking the stuck parts of life. I have extensive couple & sexuality training and experience as a certified Sex Therapist through the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.
(314) 375-4136 View (314) 375-4136
Photo of Erika M. Ottolini, MEd, LPC, NCC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Erika M. Ottolini
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63110
Our down-to-earth, accepting, nonjudgmental and empowering approach, rooted in evidence-based treatments and extensive co-parenting training, allows us to meet our clients where they are and help them create and navigate a path forward at a time when they are likely experiencing feelings of hopelessness, fear, frustration and loss.
Whether you are a teen struggling with friendships and social media, a young person about to graduate from college and fraught with anxiety about your next transition, the parent of a young person wondering how best to help them grow or someone looking for change and not sure where to start, know that there is help available in a compassionate and understanding space. At Artemis Counseling, our goal is to empower teens, parents and families who often come to us during a time of transition, to move through life’s transitions and soar.
Our down-to-earth, accepting, nonjudgmental and empowering approach, rooted in evidence-based treatments and extensive co-parenting training, allows us to meet our clients where they are and help them create and navigate a path forward at a time when they are likely experiencing feelings of hopelessness, fear, frustration and loss.
Whether you are a teen struggling with friendships and social media, a young person about to graduate from college and fraught with anxiety about your next transition, the parent of a young person wondering how best to help them grow or someone looking for change and not sure where to start, know that there is help available in a compassionate and understanding space. At Artemis Counseling, our goal is to empower teens, parents and families who often come to us during a time of transition, to move through life’s transitions and soar.
(314) 732-4507 View (314) 732-4507
Photo of Bobi Spilker, MS, LPC, NCC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Bobi Spilker
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63113
I specialize working with those who are dealing with anxiety, relationship or parenting challenges, or have been affected by any aspect of fertility, adoption or foster care system.
Maybe you’ve been trying to “busy” yourself out of feeling anxious and angry, or still feel like you’re not good enough despite all you’ve accomplished and everything you do for those around you. It feels like if you can’t be “perfect” 100% of the time, it means you’re a failure. You sometimes look up from the endless items on your to-do list and wonder, “How did I get here?” The feelings of overwhelm, frustration, and disappointment in yourself or your ability to show up the way you want for the people you care about—those all stem from somewhere in your past. And more than that, they’re a sign that it’s time to make a change.
I specialize working with those who are dealing with anxiety, relationship or parenting challenges, or have been affected by any aspect of fertility, adoption or foster care system.
Maybe you’ve been trying to “busy” yourself out of feeling anxious and angry, or still feel like you’re not good enough despite all you’ve accomplished and everything you do for those around you. It feels like if you can’t be “perfect” 100% of the time, it means you’re a failure. You sometimes look up from the endless items on your to-do list and wonder, “How did I get here?” The feelings of overwhelm, frustration, and disappointment in yourself or your ability to show up the way you want for the people you care about—those all stem from somewhere in your past. And more than that, they’re a sign that it’s time to make a change.
(417) 413-4146 View (417) 413-4146
Photo of Ashley Patek - Doing Better Conscious Parenting, OTRL, Occupational Therapist
Doing Better Conscious Parenting
Occupational Therapist, OTRL
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63109  (Online Only)
Ashley Patek is an occupational therapist, certified parent and life coach, Empathic Witnessing practitioner, and the founder of Doing Better Conscious Parenting, a nurturing community for parents dedicated to breaking punitive generational cycles. Ashley focuses on the whole-parent, whole-child, and whole-family systems to help them regulate their nervous systems, creating safety within the body and home.
Ashley Patek is an occupational therapist, certified parent and life coach, Empathic Witnessing practitioner, and the founder of Doing Better Conscious Parenting, a nurturing community for parents dedicated to breaking punitive generational cycles. Ashley focuses on the whole-parent, whole-child, and whole-family systems to help them regulate their nervous systems, creating safety within the body and home.
View
Photo of Kelly Sisler, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Kelly Sisler
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63101
Working with kiddos is my absolute passion and a privilege I do not take lightly. In your time with me we will work collaboratively to identify what isn’t working for your child and the family, while empowering your kiddo to help us understand what they need, utilizing various therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Brief Therapy, as well as Parent Child Interaction Therapy and child centered play therapy.
Working with kiddos is my absolute passion and a privilege I do not take lightly. In your time with me we will work collaboratively to identify what isn’t working for your child and the family, while empowering your kiddo to help us understand what they need, utilizing various therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Brief Therapy, as well as Parent Child Interaction Therapy and child centered play therapy.
(858) 293-7281 View (858) 293-7281
Photo of Erin Phoenix, MA, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor
Erin Phoenix
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63101
Whether you are seeking guidance in balancing the demands of parenting, work, and self-care, or wanting to navigate life with authenticity, confidence, and resilience, I am here to support you.
Therapy allows you to unpack yourself. As humans, we long for connection to others but so many of us struggle to achieve that deep, desired connection. Together we must heal the wounds from the past to create change in current relationships with kids, your partner, friends, co-workers, and family. My clients are unsatisfied and want to dive deeper into themselves. I offer a safe and trusting relationship so clients can be vulnerable and look inward. During our sessions, I will challenge you to get curious about yourself; by doing that, you will show up within your relationships more connected, authentic, and regulated.
Whether you are seeking guidance in balancing the demands of parenting, work, and self-care, or wanting to navigate life with authenticity, confidence, and resilience, I am here to support you.
Therapy allows you to unpack yourself. As humans, we long for connection to others but so many of us struggle to achieve that deep, desired connection. Together we must heal the wounds from the past to create change in current relationships with kids, your partner, friends, co-workers, and family. My clients are unsatisfied and want to dive deeper into themselves. I offer a safe and trusting relationship so clients can be vulnerable and look inward. During our sessions, I will challenge you to get curious about yourself; by doing that, you will show up within your relationships more connected, authentic, and regulated.
(314) 949-5770 View (314) 949-5770
Photo of Desley Wells, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Desley Wells
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63144
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri and Illinois and a Certified Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Practitioner.
I am extremely passionate about helping those in need and feel it is an honor to be a part of someone's journey through therapy. I truly enjoy supporting others in finding and becoming the very best version of themselves. I think it is important that my clients feel heard and understood and I strive to create a therapeutic environment where my clients can feel safe to be their authentic selves. I have spent the majority of my career working with children, youth, adults, and families in various capacities. I have a strong background in trauma, family dynamics, child development, foster care, adoption, and mental health of all ages.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri and Illinois and a Certified Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Practitioner.
I am extremely passionate about helping those in need and feel it is an honor to be a part of someone's journey through therapy. I truly enjoy supporting others in finding and becoming the very best version of themselves. I think it is important that my clients feel heard and understood and I strive to create a therapeutic environment where my clients can feel safe to be their authentic selves. I have spent the majority of my career working with children, youth, adults, and families in various capacities. I have a strong background in trauma, family dynamics, child development, foster care, adoption, and mental health of all ages.
(314) 907-3710 View (314) 907-3710
1
...

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.