Parenting Therapists in Southwest, Portland, OR

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Shannon Mong
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southwest, Portland, OR 97219  (Online Only)
I appreciate you taking the time to learn about me & consider working together. My goal is you gain understanding and compassion, implement new strategies and skills, improve relationships with yourself and others, and emerge with greater confidence to journey through future life events. Licensed as a clinical psychologist since 2006, I'm grateful to have accompanied adults, teens, older adults, and couples through many life experiences & feelings - including anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship issues, parenting, aging, grief, trauma, substance use, and neurodivergence (attention deficit & autistic spectrum).
I appreciate you taking the time to learn about me & consider working together. My goal is you gain understanding and compassion, implement new strategies and skills, improve relationships with yourself and others, and emerge with greater confidence to journey through future life events. Licensed as a clinical psychologist since 2006, I'm grateful to have accompanied adults, teens, older adults, and couples through many life experiences & feelings - including anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship issues, parenting, aging, grief, trauma, substance use, and neurodivergence (attention deficit & autistic spectrum).
(503) 389-5292 View (503) 389-5292
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Noelle Ferguson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Southwest, Portland, OR 97219
Despite what Instagram, TikTok, or an opinionated in-law may have us believe, none of us are born knowing how to parent, and many of us are actively working on changing intergenerational patterns in our own families in order to better support the growth and development of our children, in essence, reparenting ourselves. This process is a difficult one, and not meant to be done in isolation. Together we can look at how you were parented, how you want to parent, and how to bridge any gaps in between.
Despite what Instagram, TikTok, or an opinionated in-law may have us believe, none of us are born knowing how to parent, and many of us are actively working on changing intergenerational patterns in our own families in order to better support the growth and development of our children, in essence, reparenting ourselves. This process is a difficult one, and not meant to be done in isolation. Together we can look at how you were parented, how you want to parent, and how to bridge any gaps in between.
(503) 461-1025 View (503) 461-1025
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Liz Gregory
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, RPT-S
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Southwest, Portland, OR 97221
Not accepting new clients
It feels overwhelming to reach out for help & yet you, your family your relationships are too important to allow them to suffer. As an Individual, Child & Family Therapist I will help you re-set your path for balancing your life. In our work together you will learn healthier ways to communicate, techniques to help you cope with unexpected challenges & mindfulness skills to help you stay focused and calm. These benefits will change your life & go beyond symptom relief. Areas of expertise: PTSD, Play Therapy, Separation/Divorce, Parenting Challenges, Relational Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Behavioral & Emotional Concerns and more
It feels overwhelming to reach out for help & yet you, your family your relationships are too important to allow them to suffer. As an Individual, Child & Family Therapist I will help you re-set your path for balancing your life. In our work together you will learn healthier ways to communicate, techniques to help you cope with unexpected challenges & mindfulness skills to help you stay focused and calm. These benefits will change your life & go beyond symptom relief. Areas of expertise: PTSD, Play Therapy, Separation/Divorce, Parenting Challenges, Relational Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Behavioral & Emotional Concerns and more
(503) 928-6542 View (503) 928-6542
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Deborah Kass
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LCSW
Verified Verified
Southwest, Portland, OR 97205
“Why do I feel stuck in my career?” “Why is it so hard to open up with my friends and partner?” “How can I help my child feel confident?” Psychotherapy is an opportunity to reclaim your future as well as help your children and family enjoy productive, loving relationships. Together, we develop a conversation focused upon understanding what interferes with your parenting or a sense of meaning in both your personal and professional life.
“Why do I feel stuck in my career?” “Why is it so hard to open up with my friends and partner?” “How can I help my child feel confident?” Psychotherapy is an opportunity to reclaim your future as well as help your children and family enjoy productive, loving relationships. Together, we develop a conversation focused upon understanding what interferes with your parenting or a sense of meaning in both your personal and professional life.
(971) 306-4341 View (971) 306-4341
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Harini Sukumaran
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Southwest, Portland, OR 97221
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! Offering online therapy & in- office visits. Your child's anxiety and depression may have increased with isolation from friends, adjustment to online schooling, and disruption in schedule. Maybe you're a parent or caregiver who is frustrated with your child/teen's behavior at home? May be you are a parent who is overwhelmed and wants to parent mindfully. May be your child is struggling with anxiety &depression, and you are unsure how to help them and need a holistic approach. You may have noticed your child struggling with self regulation, high anxiety, sadness, anger issues, ADHD, and learning difficulties.
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! Offering online therapy & in- office visits. Your child's anxiety and depression may have increased with isolation from friends, adjustment to online schooling, and disruption in schedule. Maybe you're a parent or caregiver who is frustrated with your child/teen's behavior at home? May be you are a parent who is overwhelmed and wants to parent mindfully. May be your child is struggling with anxiety &depression, and you are unsure how to help them and need a holistic approach. You may have noticed your child struggling with self regulation, high anxiety, sadness, anger issues, ADHD, and learning difficulties.
(503) 766-4895 x3 View (503) 766-4895 x3
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Tiffany Arden Bryce
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southwest, Portland, OR 97204  (Online Only)
Parenting isn't easy and parenting differently wired children and those who have experienced trauma is particularly challenging.
Hi, my name is Arden Bryce. I'm a clinician licensed in Oregon and Washington. I'm glad you've stopped by and are considering taking the first steps toward creating change in your life. I have a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University. I specialize in providing therapeutic support to children/youth who are differently wired and their parents/caregivers. I often work with parents to assist them in developing and maintaining their resilience on their journey as a parent including overcoming blocked care and shifting from a behavioral-based lens to a brain-based lens.
Parenting isn't easy and parenting differently wired children and those who have experienced trauma is particularly challenging.
Hi, my name is Arden Bryce. I'm a clinician licensed in Oregon and Washington. I'm glad you've stopped by and are considering taking the first steps toward creating change in your life. I have a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University. I specialize in providing therapeutic support to children/youth who are differently wired and their parents/caregivers. I often work with parents to assist them in developing and maintaining their resilience on their journey as a parent including overcoming blocked care and shifting from a behavioral-based lens to a brain-based lens.
(971) 396-1680 View (971) 396-1680
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Miriam Louise Robinson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, DCC
Verified Verified
Southwest, Portland, OR 97239
Not accepting new clients
I work with a variety of clinical issues including; depression, anxiety, parenting, trauma, recovery, adoption issues, adjustment issues ,and cultural identity issues.
I AM NOT TAKING NEW CLIENTS AT THIS TIME. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE. I have provided clinical service in; residential, outpatient, partial hospitalization for adolescents and children, in-home services and private practice. I have served on several social service agency boards and have consulted with schools, hospitals, outpatient service agencies and individual clinicians. I have also presented workshops on cultural diversity and the clinical implications, and the clinical presence in the recovery community. I am currently on a variety of insurance, state and Employee Assistance Program panels.
I work with a variety of clinical issues including; depression, anxiety, parenting, trauma, recovery, adoption issues, adjustment issues ,and cultural identity issues.
I AM NOT TAKING NEW CLIENTS AT THIS TIME. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE. I have provided clinical service in; residential, outpatient, partial hospitalization for adolescents and children, in-home services and private practice. I have served on several social service agency boards and have consulted with schools, hospitals, outpatient service agencies and individual clinicians. I have also presented workshops on cultural diversity and the clinical implications, and the clinical presence in the recovery community. I am currently on a variety of insurance, state and Employee Assistance Program panels.
(503) 433-8159 View (503) 433-8159
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Dr. Marcia Zumbahlen
Psychologist, PhD, IMHS
Verified Verified
Southwest, Portland, OR 97219
, DIR/Floortime, Play Project) to support child-parent interaction.
I specialize in neuro-development, with a particular focus on autism and associated conditions (e.g., sensory processing difficulties, ADHD, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder). My training in Developmental Psychology, Infant Mental Health, and Clinical Neuropsychology, and my 30+ years experience, have taught me to put parents first, intervene early, and collaborate with medical doctors, developmental therapists, and schools for the strongest outcomes in these conditions.
, DIR/Floortime, Play Project) to support child-parent interaction.
I specialize in neuro-development, with a particular focus on autism and associated conditions (e.g., sensory processing difficulties, ADHD, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder). My training in Developmental Psychology, Infant Mental Health, and Clinical Neuropsychology, and my 30+ years experience, have taught me to put parents first, intervene early, and collaborate with medical doctors, developmental therapists, and schools for the strongest outcomes in these conditions.
(503) 483-8658 View (503) 483-8658
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Andrea R Shepherd
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Southwest, Portland, OR 97221  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have training in and use Collaborative Problem Solving, Parent Child Interactive Therapy, Foundations in Resources for Infant Educarers and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Hello! I’m so glad you are here. I work with adolescents and adults to treat a variety of mental and behavioral health conditions that include depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, family conflict, challenging behaviors, ADHD, cognitive distortions, and pre and postpartum mental health. I have a decade of experience as a therapist for children, adolescents and their families. I have found great joy working with parents/caregivers in various stages providing support and coaching with current evidenced based research interventions. I am passionate about child and adolescent development and parenting of sanity and social change.
I have training in and use Collaborative Problem Solving, Parent Child Interactive Therapy, Foundations in Resources for Infant Educarers and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Hello! I’m so glad you are here. I work with adolescents and adults to treat a variety of mental and behavioral health conditions that include depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, family conflict, challenging behaviors, ADHD, cognitive distortions, and pre and postpartum mental health. I have a decade of experience as a therapist for children, adolescents and their families. I have found great joy working with parents/caregivers in various stages providing support and coaching with current evidenced based research interventions. I am passionate about child and adolescent development and parenting of sanity and social change.
(503) 966-3645 View (503) 966-3645
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Christy Dixon
Verified Verified
Southwest, Portland, OR 97205
Not accepting new clients
I support families who are navigating challenging issues from conflicting parenting styles, difficulty with a child's behavior or emotional expression, how to have a healthy relationship with screen time and technology, relational conflict between parents, and more. I also support individuals who are feeling stuck in life, whether it be having a creative block, relationship issues, childhood wounds, inner critics, addictions, perfectionism, depression, anxiety, anger, loneliness, or grief. I offer relational counseling as well, to romantic couples, friends, colleagues, any two people experiencing conflict in their relationship.
I support families who are navigating challenging issues from conflicting parenting styles, difficulty with a child's behavior or emotional expression, how to have a healthy relationship with screen time and technology, relational conflict between parents, and more. I also support individuals who are feeling stuck in life, whether it be having a creative block, relationship issues, childhood wounds, inner critics, addictions, perfectionism, depression, anxiety, anger, loneliness, or grief. I offer relational counseling as well, to romantic couples, friends, colleagues, any two people experiencing conflict in their relationship.
(971) 257-1350 View (971) 257-1350
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Robert Gitelson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southwest, Portland, OR 97219
Not accepting new clients
Over the past 32 years, I have had the amazing opportunity to collaboratively work with clients, being supportive and providing gentle guidance as they learned to identify, clarify, and develop effective coping skills to manage and resolve the stress in their lives. Whether you are experiencing depression, anxiety, trying to cope with parenting concerns, Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, marital stress/conflict, self-esteem challenges, or a variety of life struggles; I believe that my client-centered therapeutic approach will assist you in gaining greater self-awareness and emotional growth.
Over the past 32 years, I have had the amazing opportunity to collaboratively work with clients, being supportive and providing gentle guidance as they learned to identify, clarify, and develop effective coping skills to manage and resolve the stress in their lives. Whether you are experiencing depression, anxiety, trying to cope with parenting concerns, Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, marital stress/conflict, self-esteem challenges, or a variety of life struggles; I believe that my client-centered therapeutic approach will assist you in gaining greater self-awareness and emotional growth.
(503) 318-2212 View (503) 318-2212
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Coach4Parents
MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southwest, Portland, OR 97219  (Online Only)
You try your best as a parent or teaming up as a couple, yet sometimes feel overwhelmed. You deserve a life which feels balanced, energized, and fun. Our goal is to work together to identify new tools for your "parenting or relationship toolkit" which you can use immediately to positively impact your life at home. Partnered or as a sole parent, we work to identify your unique parenting style and the challenges you are navigating. I have over 25 years of experience working with parents & couples in schools, court, or mental health settings. For parent or couples counseling, schedule a free 30 minute consult at Coach4Parents.com
You try your best as a parent or teaming up as a couple, yet sometimes feel overwhelmed. You deserve a life which feels balanced, energized, and fun. Our goal is to work together to identify new tools for your "parenting or relationship toolkit" which you can use immediately to positively impact your life at home. Partnered or as a sole parent, we work to identify your unique parenting style and the challenges you are navigating. I have over 25 years of experience working with parents & couples in schools, court, or mental health settings. For parent or couples counseling, schedule a free 30 minute consult at Coach4Parents.com
(541) 490-1551 View (541) 490-1551
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Wendy Frankle
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, Certifi, Grief, Recov
Verified Verified
Southwest, Portland, OR 97286
In family therapy, I will help your family come together to create a more cohesive family system while allowing each member to express their individual desires by: Helping to re-establish a new parent/child relationship.
My name is Wendy Frankle. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, and a member of the American Counseling Association. My specialty and passion is working with adolescent girls and their families as well as Grief Recovery. I have 19+ years experience working with children and their families ages 6-18 years who have emotional difficulties as well as a wide range of diagnosis. I will strive to provide a safe, nurturing environment where we can work together to plant the seeds necessary for your health, hope and happiness.
In family therapy, I will help your family come together to create a more cohesive family system while allowing each member to express their individual desires by: Helping to re-establish a new parent/child relationship.
My name is Wendy Frankle. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, and a member of the American Counseling Association. My specialty and passion is working with adolescent girls and their families as well as Grief Recovery. I have 19+ years experience working with children and their families ages 6-18 years who have emotional difficulties as well as a wide range of diagnosis. I will strive to provide a safe, nurturing environment where we can work together to plant the seeds necessary for your health, hope and happiness.
(971) 832-5637 View (971) 832-5637
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Rachel Raphael
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southwest, Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients! I am passionate about supporting individuals, couples and adult families in their quest for clarity and healing. We will work together to identify and achieve key counseling goals to transform your life and relationships. I strive to bring a warm and open atmosphere that encourages compassion and collaboration. Areas of expertise include healthy communication skills to manage anger and decrease conflict, rebuilding trust, creating sexual intimacy, dating, cultivating healthy romantic relationships and managing parenting challenges. All are welcome: LGTBQ clients, nontraditional couples and adult families.
Accepting New Clients! I am passionate about supporting individuals, couples and adult families in their quest for clarity and healing. We will work together to identify and achieve key counseling goals to transform your life and relationships. I strive to bring a warm and open atmosphere that encourages compassion and collaboration. Areas of expertise include healthy communication skills to manage anger and decrease conflict, rebuilding trust, creating sexual intimacy, dating, cultivating healthy romantic relationships and managing parenting challenges. All are welcome: LGTBQ clients, nontraditional couples and adult families.
(503) 427-1505 View (503) 427-1505
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Megan Coggins
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Southwest, Portland, OR 97221
Waitlist for new clients
Are you a new parent or have you been a parent for awhile and you feel alone, depressed, anxious, or unsure of yourself? I understand. If you or your spouse is pregnant and experiencing stress, feeling anxious or keyed up, feeling like you're never enough, I’m here for you. I utilize an attachment perspective that can help you understand how early childhood attachments may be impacting current relationships and how to create healthy attachments with those you love in your life. There is hope to find the peace, healthy coping skills, relationship skills, and personal growth needed to live a happier and more whole life.
Are you a new parent or have you been a parent for awhile and you feel alone, depressed, anxious, or unsure of yourself? I understand. If you or your spouse is pregnant and experiencing stress, feeling anxious or keyed up, feeling like you're never enough, I’m here for you. I utilize an attachment perspective that can help you understand how early childhood attachments may be impacting current relationships and how to create healthy attachments with those you love in your life. There is hope to find the peace, healthy coping skills, relationship skills, and personal growth needed to live a happier and more whole life.
(503) 854-5901 View (503) 854-5901
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Sasha Rosenfels
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Southwest, Portland, OR 97219  (Online Only)
Parenting Sessions: Want answers to your specific parenting struggles? We will work together to develop effective tools to address you family's unique needs.
Individual Sessions: Respect, compassion and empathy are the cornerstones of my counseling practice. In sessions, I will create a safe environment where you can explore your experiences and how they have shaped you, learn to understand yourself, your thoughts, feelings and your needs and examine your relationships with others so that you can, if you wish, nurture and deepen those relationships. Most importantly, you'll learn to view yourself through a more compassionate lens, building a calmer and more joyful inner experience and a more confident and caring self-view.
Parenting Sessions: Want answers to your specific parenting struggles? We will work together to develop effective tools to address you family's unique needs.
Individual Sessions: Respect, compassion and empathy are the cornerstones of my counseling practice. In sessions, I will create a safe environment where you can explore your experiences and how they have shaped you, learn to understand yourself, your thoughts, feelings and your needs and examine your relationships with others so that you can, if you wish, nurture and deepen those relationships. Most importantly, you'll learn to view yourself through a more compassionate lens, building a calmer and more joyful inner experience and a more confident and caring self-view.
(503) 486-4641 View (503) 486-4641
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Mark Dillon
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Southwest, Portland, OR 97205
When working with an individual or couple, I utilize my years of experience as a therapist, evaluator, and parent to help people make important changes.
I specialize in working with individuals that are involved in a high conflict divorce or an individual or couple that are involved in a DHS child welfare case. People going through these highly stressful experiences can benefit from support, direction, and at times direct assistance in order to successfully get through the legal process. The goal of the work is to facilitate the legal aspect of the case, decrease stress, save the client money, and minimize the impact of the pain or damage to children.
When working with an individual or couple, I utilize my years of experience as a therapist, evaluator, and parent to help people make important changes.
I specialize in working with individuals that are involved in a high conflict divorce or an individual or couple that are involved in a DHS child welfare case. People going through these highly stressful experiences can benefit from support, direction, and at times direct assistance in order to successfully get through the legal process. The goal of the work is to facilitate the legal aspect of the case, decrease stress, save the client money, and minimize the impact of the pain or damage to children.
(503) 438-4985 View (503) 438-4985
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ADHD Child & Family Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Southwest, Portland, OR 97201
I also offer parent-based services that offer guidance, education, support, and training.
Raising healthy and happy children with ADHD can be a big job, but the good news is that you do not have to do it alone. There is a lot that can be done to help! ADHD is a complex neurodevelopmental condition that impacts each child differently. ADHD has little to do with how "smart" your child might be, but it has a lot to do with your child's ability to regulate their attention, mood, and behaviors. When symptoms of ADHD lead to lower self-esteem, mental health concerns, behavioral challenges, or academic struggles, it is a good time to seek professional help.
I also offer parent-based services that offer guidance, education, support, and training.
Raising healthy and happy children with ADHD can be a big job, but the good news is that you do not have to do it alone. There is a lot that can be done to help! ADHD is a complex neurodevelopmental condition that impacts each child differently. ADHD has little to do with how "smart" your child might be, but it has a lot to do with your child's ability to regulate their attention, mood, and behaviors. When symptoms of ADHD lead to lower self-esteem, mental health concerns, behavioral challenges, or academic struggles, it is a good time to seek professional help.
(971) 351-2310 View (971) 351-2310
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Paulina Solis
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Southwest, Portland, OR 97201  (Online Only)
I specialize in parenting coaching and child-family therapy, offering positive, respectful interventions to improve parent-child relationships.
You are the expert of your own life. My role is to guide you in creating positive change and help you achieve the fulfilling life and relationships you want. Together, we will uncover the strengths and resilience within you, fostering reconnection, hope, and healing in yourself and your relationships. Whether you are motivated to start therapy or uncertain about if therapy is the right fit, let's explore options to create the life you deserve.
I specialize in parenting coaching and child-family therapy, offering positive, respectful interventions to improve parent-child relationships.
You are the expert of your own life. My role is to guide you in creating positive change and help you achieve the fulfilling life and relationships you want. Together, we will uncover the strengths and resilience within you, fostering reconnection, hope, and healing in yourself and your relationships. Whether you are motivated to start therapy or uncertain about if therapy is the right fit, let's explore options to create the life you deserve.
(971) 290-6064 View (971) 290-6064
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Beth Owens
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southwest, Portland, OR 97221  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
My biggest passion is working with parents and families in meeting the needs of their children, especially children who struggle with managing their emotions or anxiety. Most of the time, kids under the age of 12 really need their parents' involvement in order for therapy to be successful. I offer a combination of parent support and coaching, with teaching you and your child strategies to manage big emotions in the most effective way possible - together. To book an initial consultation call, send me a message via Psychology Today, OR schedule directly with Headway: www.headway.co/providers/beth-owens
My biggest passion is working with parents and families in meeting the needs of their children, especially children who struggle with managing their emotions or anxiety. Most of the time, kids under the age of 12 really need their parents' involvement in order for therapy to be successful. I offer a combination of parent support and coaching, with teaching you and your child strategies to manage big emotions in the most effective way possible - together. To book an initial consultation call, send me a message via Psychology Today, OR schedule directly with Headway: www.headway.co/providers/beth-owens
(971) 257-5072 View (971) 257-5072

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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.