Parenting Therapists in Nashville, TN

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Tammy Camper
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37228  (Online Only)
I work with men and women of all ages who want to be the best they can be in every role they inhabit–parent, spouse, sibling, employee, leader, friend, etc. I especially enjoy helping you learn and practice effective communication strategies, cope and work through anxious and intrusive thoughts, and engage your interpersonal relationships with confidence and ease.
I work with men and women of all ages who want to be the best they can be in every role they inhabit–parent, spouse, sibling, employee, leader, friend, etc. I especially enjoy helping you learn and practice effective communication strategies, cope and work through anxious and intrusive thoughts, and engage your interpersonal relationships with confidence and ease.
(615) 819-4371 View (615) 819-4371
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Tammy Daughtry
Pre-Licensed Professional, MMFT
Not Verified Not Verified
8 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37217
Are you struggling to communicate with your co-parent? I have been helping divorced & remarried parents with "co-parenting" since 2003. My passion is for kids to have a whole and healthy life by empowering and helping divided parents raise them between mom's house and dad's house. This is a complex journey and one that I personally walk every day. I wrote a book, "Co-parenting Works! Helping Your Children Thrive After Divorce" (HarperCollins 2011) and it has been making an important difference with families all around the country. I believe the power of even one stable parent can make a difference for the children! There is HOPE!
Are you struggling to communicate with your co-parent? I have been helping divorced & remarried parents with "co-parenting" since 2003. My passion is for kids to have a whole and healthy life by empowering and helping divided parents raise them between mom's house and dad's house. This is a complex journey and one that I personally walk every day. I wrote a book, "Co-parenting Works! Helping Your Children Thrive After Divorce" (HarperCollins 2011) and it has been making an important difference with families all around the country. I believe the power of even one stable parent can make a difference for the children! There is HOPE!
(615) 871-4264 View (615) 871-4264
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Vanessa Pierre-Parker
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, TF-CBT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203  (Online Only)
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, my specializations include issues relating to day-to-day stressors, childhood trauma, life transitions, anxiety, depression; pre-marital/post-marital counseling, conflict/infidelity; Intimate Partner Violence (IPV); families challenged with multi-generational conflict, blended families and parenting.
I believe when clients have a safe place with genuine understanding and free of judgement, they are able to be their true selves and do their best work. With support and some guidance, clients have the opportunity to rediscover their strengths, build self-awareness and experience true connection which can lead to a life of purpose and fulfillment. I believe if you are willing, you have the ability to take action and kindle the fire inside of you to kick-start the changes you want to see in your life. I am passionate about helping to empower you to achieve your goals by bringing hope and possibility through psychotherapy.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, my specializations include issues relating to day-to-day stressors, childhood trauma, life transitions, anxiety, depression; pre-marital/post-marital counseling, conflict/infidelity; Intimate Partner Violence (IPV); families challenged with multi-generational conflict, blended families and parenting.
I believe when clients have a safe place with genuine understanding and free of judgement, they are able to be their true selves and do their best work. With support and some guidance, clients have the opportunity to rediscover their strengths, build self-awareness and experience true connection which can lead to a life of purpose and fulfillment. I believe if you are willing, you have the ability to take action and kindle the fire inside of you to kick-start the changes you want to see in your life. I am passionate about helping to empower you to achieve your goals by bringing hope and possibility through psychotherapy.
(704) 461-0541 View (704) 461-0541
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HopeNation
Not Verified Not Verified
Nashville, TN 37211  (Online Only)
Does your child, teen or young adult (up to age 26) struggle to experience the best that life has to offer? As a parent do you have challenges that create overwhelm and distance between you and your child? As a young adult, are you at a loss for how to handle what life throws your way? HopeNation therapists offer hope and healing to children, teens, young adults and their families by empowering our clients to take charge of their lives. Proven interventions are used within a supportive and non-judgmental space that allows growth and transformation to take hold and flourish. You are not alone, reach out and connect today...
Does your child, teen or young adult (up to age 26) struggle to experience the best that life has to offer? As a parent do you have challenges that create overwhelm and distance between you and your child? As a young adult, are you at a loss for how to handle what life throws your way? HopeNation therapists offer hope and healing to children, teens, young adults and their families by empowering our clients to take charge of their lives. Proven interventions are used within a supportive and non-judgmental space that allows growth and transformation to take hold and flourish. You are not alone, reach out and connect today...
(629) 209-1769 View (629) 209-1769
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Jessica Davidson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MS, LPC, MHSP-S
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37221
I know that being a parent is exhausting and hard most days.
Are you worried about your child? Does your child not seem like themselves? Your child may be irritable, aggressive and defiant. Your child may seem angry or withdrawn. Adolescents often refuse to talk to you, participate in enjoyable activities, experience thoughts of suicide or do things to harm themselves. Your child may have experienced a traumatic event or is having difficulty navigating a life change such as divorce, death of a family member or adoption. You may feel hopeless and not sure how to help your child. If this sounds familiar, I can help. I have experience working with children with these same issues.
I know that being a parent is exhausting and hard most days.
Are you worried about your child? Does your child not seem like themselves? Your child may be irritable, aggressive and defiant. Your child may seem angry or withdrawn. Adolescents often refuse to talk to you, participate in enjoyable activities, experience thoughts of suicide or do things to harm themselves. Your child may have experienced a traumatic event or is having difficulty navigating a life change such as divorce, death of a family member or adoption. You may feel hopeless and not sure how to help your child. If this sounds familiar, I can help. I have experience working with children with these same issues.
(615) 434-4227 View (615) 434-4227
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Jennifer Rundberg
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPCMHSP, (temp), ATR-P
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37221
I think most of us would say it’s hard work being a child, adolescent, or parent today. Does it often feel like that the frustration levels at your home some times push higher and higher? Kids refusing to go to bed, teens unable to speak, chores or school work not completed, or worse—feelings of hopelessness with your child who is not able to enjoy life as usual? Has it become more difficult for your child or yourself to manage through another day due to grief, anxiety, or events? It can be hard working through these large feelings, and I would like to work with you to help navigate through whatever is happening.
I think most of us would say it’s hard work being a child, adolescent, or parent today. Does it often feel like that the frustration levels at your home some times push higher and higher? Kids refusing to go to bed, teens unable to speak, chores or school work not completed, or worse—feelings of hopelessness with your child who is not able to enjoy life as usual? Has it become more difficult for your child or yourself to manage through another day due to grief, anxiety, or events? It can be hard working through these large feelings, and I would like to work with you to help navigate through whatever is happening.
(615) 471-7252 View (615) 471-7252
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Megan Cecelia Fowler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37206
I offer in person & virtual talk therapy, specializing in attachment work, life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, parenting stress, & perinatal mental health. I aim to create a space of nonjudgement and compassion, focusing on your strengths. Together, we will explore what I call the "crunchy stuff"- that is, the interplay of your past and present. My pluralistic, psychodynamic approach allows you to delve deeper but also maintain a focus on the here and now, working towards realistic goals that will help you build the life you deserve. I also believe in the power of laughter and light- let's explore how we can infuse that!
I offer in person & virtual talk therapy, specializing in attachment work, life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, parenting stress, & perinatal mental health. I aim to create a space of nonjudgement and compassion, focusing on your strengths. Together, we will explore what I call the "crunchy stuff"- that is, the interplay of your past and present. My pluralistic, psychodynamic approach allows you to delve deeper but also maintain a focus on the here and now, working towards realistic goals that will help you build the life you deserve. I also believe in the power of laughter and light- let's explore how we can infuse that!
(615) 808-8101 View (615) 808-8101
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Alex Van Fleet
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37214
I am passionate about working with couples (dating, pre-marital, married) and families (parenting issues).
Let's be honest, relationships are hard work! Therapy takes intentional effort, vulnerability and persistence to bring about meaningful change in our lives. Before that change can occur, we must first learn what is going on. I want to help you identify the negative patterns in your life and provide tools to replace them with new life-giving actions and transforming truths to bring about healing and restoration in your relationships. Change is possible!
I am passionate about working with couples (dating, pre-marital, married) and families (parenting issues).
Let's be honest, relationships are hard work! Therapy takes intentional effort, vulnerability and persistence to bring about meaningful change in our lives. Before that change can occur, we must first learn what is going on. I want to help you identify the negative patterns in your life and provide tools to replace them with new life-giving actions and transforming truths to bring about healing and restoration in your relationships. Change is possible!
(615) 544-6068 View (615) 544-6068
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Jessica Chapman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37208
I'm passionate about helping people wherever they are in their parenting journey.
The transition into parenthood is more complex than we could ever imagine. We are often not prepared for the variety of challenges we could face – fertility issues, pregnancy/infant loss, postpartum depression/anxiety, traumatic birth, or trouble feeling connected to a new baby. For others, growing up in a tumultuous home can cause them to question if they are “cut out” for parenting or childhood wounds suddenly surface after the birth of a new child. As kids age, parenting can become challenging in ways not expected and support can be immensely helpful. Caregiver burnout is real and it can happen at any stage in parenting.
I'm passionate about helping people wherever they are in their parenting journey.
The transition into parenthood is more complex than we could ever imagine. We are often not prepared for the variety of challenges we could face – fertility issues, pregnancy/infant loss, postpartum depression/anxiety, traumatic birth, or trouble feeling connected to a new baby. For others, growing up in a tumultuous home can cause them to question if they are “cut out” for parenting or childhood wounds suddenly surface after the birth of a new child. As kids age, parenting can become challenging in ways not expected and support can be immensely helpful. Caregiver burnout is real and it can happen at any stage in parenting.
(615) 471-7699 View (615) 471-7699
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Kayli Norris
Pre-Licensed Professional, RN, MMFT
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
Wherever you are in this season - whether navigating preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, parenting, infertility, or loss - I want to help you rebuild your village.
It takes a village to raise a child... or at least, that's what they say. And yet, here you are somewhere on your parenthood journey, perhaps feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, or unsupported, and wondering where your village is. Maybe you feel alone in the thoughts that you struggle with or the burdens you carry. Maybe you experience guilt or shame that your story doesn't look as you'd thought it would. Maybe you feel that your cup is completely empty. You've already taken a huge first step in considering counseling. You don't need to walk this alone and deserve so much more than to feel that way.
Wherever you are in this season - whether navigating preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, parenting, infertility, or loss - I want to help you rebuild your village.
It takes a village to raise a child... or at least, that's what they say. And yet, here you are somewhere on your parenthood journey, perhaps feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, or unsupported, and wondering where your village is. Maybe you feel alone in the thoughts that you struggle with or the burdens you carry. Maybe you experience guilt or shame that your story doesn't look as you'd thought it would. Maybe you feel that your cup is completely empty. You've already taken a huge first step in considering counseling. You don't need to walk this alone and deserve so much more than to feel that way.
(615) 703-6596 View (615) 703-6596
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Maria Miller
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37203
I specialize couples, neurodivergence, including ADHD and Autism, parenting challenges, communication, dating, family of origin issues, and adults who have survived abuse.
It can be hard to get through life without getting stuck. I bring a clear outside perspective to navigate difficult situations and gain tools to work through them effectively. I am here to support you in finding ways that improve your quality of life. We'll figure out what is for you and what is not. What do you want to move toward and what barriers are keeping you from having a more joyful life? What will help make you feel less lonely and feel more connected? I love helping people change their narrative and find what they are looking for.
I specialize couples, neurodivergence, including ADHD and Autism, parenting challenges, communication, dating, family of origin issues, and adults who have survived abuse.
It can be hard to get through life without getting stuck. I bring a clear outside perspective to navigate difficult situations and gain tools to work through them effectively. I am here to support you in finding ways that improve your quality of life. We'll figure out what is for you and what is not. What do you want to move toward and what barriers are keeping you from having a more joyful life? What will help make you feel less lonely and feel more connected? I love helping people change their narrative and find what they are looking for.
(629) 205-4522 View (629) 205-4522
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Preston Lang
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, -MHSP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37203
I am trained in Trauma-Focused CBT, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Attachment Theory & Internal Family Systems.
We begin to develop our sense of Self & identity through our interactions with others at an early age. Our self-esteem, our thought patterns that contribute to anxiety or depression, our choice of a partner later in life--- all are heavily influenced by our relationships with those around us. When you begin to understand the origin of your thoughts, feelings and behavioral patterns, you are better able to navigate your life. Therapy allows us to heal from trauma, process our grief, ease conflicts in our personal relationships, and develop a clearer sense of self.
I am trained in Trauma-Focused CBT, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Attachment Theory & Internal Family Systems.
We begin to develop our sense of Self & identity through our interactions with others at an early age. Our self-esteem, our thought patterns that contribute to anxiety or depression, our choice of a partner later in life--- all are heavily influenced by our relationships with those around us. When you begin to understand the origin of your thoughts, feelings and behavioral patterns, you are better able to navigate your life. Therapy allows us to heal from trauma, process our grief, ease conflicts in our personal relationships, and develop a clearer sense of self.
(629) 206-9491 View (629) 206-9491
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Dave Flowers
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37212
After a brief stint as a touring musician and 20 years in the equipment finance industry, I finally found my perfect work-fit: helping families find healing from previous hurts, cope and move through current life difficulties, and prepare for a healthy future. I work with children and young adults who are dealing with trauma, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and grief/loss. As a parent, myself, I understand that when our children struggle, we struggle as well. So, I provide support to parents who are navigating difficult challenges with their children.
After a brief stint as a touring musician and 20 years in the equipment finance industry, I finally found my perfect work-fit: helping families find healing from previous hurts, cope and move through current life difficulties, and prepare for a healthy future. I work with children and young adults who are dealing with trauma, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and grief/loss. As a parent, myself, I understand that when our children struggle, we struggle as well. So, I provide support to parents who are navigating difficult challenges with their children.
(615) 805-6478 View (615) 805-6478
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Halle Sullivan
Pre-Licensed Professional, MEd, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37212
Are you a teen feeling anxious, depressed, or lonely? Are you a young adult feeling overwhelmed, uncertain, and disconnected? Are you a parent who feels disconnected from your child, or exhausted trying to manage difficult behaviors? My mission is to help you and your family navigate challenging seasons of life with more joy and confidence. For teens and young adults, I know how important it is to feel seen, heard, and be equipped with tools and skills to navigate difficult feelings, relationships, and adjustment periods. For parents walking through adoption, divorce, or other challenges, you are not alone.
Are you a teen feeling anxious, depressed, or lonely? Are you a young adult feeling overwhelmed, uncertain, and disconnected? Are you a parent who feels disconnected from your child, or exhausted trying to manage difficult behaviors? My mission is to help you and your family navigate challenging seasons of life with more joy and confidence. For teens and young adults, I know how important it is to feel seen, heard, and be equipped with tools and skills to navigate difficult feelings, relationships, and adjustment periods. For parents walking through adoption, divorce, or other challenges, you are not alone.
(615) 821-2115 View (615) 821-2115
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Lydia Thompson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37220
Being a parent is the hardest job out there.
At Concord Family Counseling, we are passionate about working with teenagers and their families. Our goal is for your teen to be authentically themselves, make healthy decisions, and feel like they can overcome any difficulties.
Being a parent is the hardest job out there.
At Concord Family Counseling, we are passionate about working with teenagers and their families. Our goal is for your teen to be authentically themselves, make healthy decisions, and feel like they can overcome any difficulties.
(615) 237-7320 View (615) 237-7320
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Kim Warner-Hudy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37211
Maya Angelou once said, “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Changes, challenges and struggles are complex and take us out of our comfort zone. Too often we find it difficult to slow down, learn from and appreciate the journey of healing. My goal is for clients to help address those challenges, complexities and struggles whether it involves concerns with attachment, behavior regulation, family dynamics, infertility, parenting, racial identity or trauma as well as understand the meaning behind the behavior.
Maya Angelou once said, “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Changes, challenges and struggles are complex and take us out of our comfort zone. Too often we find it difficult to slow down, learn from and appreciate the journey of healing. My goal is for clients to help address those challenges, complexities and struggles whether it involves concerns with attachment, behavior regulation, family dynamics, infertility, parenting, racial identity or trauma as well as understand the meaning behind the behavior.
(615) 283-9801 View (615) 283-9801
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Felicia Nicole Reid
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA LPC, LPCS-C, LCMHC, PC, Mediatr
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37238
Our practice is accepting therapy & court related clients! Family court mediation services(divorce, alimony, child support, custody, parenting agreements) probate court services are offered in SC & TN. If your marriage, relationship, or overall life needs to be revitalized, we're here to help. Specialties- psychological evaluations, CALOCUS, family/marriage counseling, pre-marital counseling, individual counseling, ADHD diagnosis, relationship issues, workplace issues, life adjustment issues, court mandated therapy, expert witness services, supervised visitation/exchanges, & home studies.We accept most insurances & self-pay clients.
Our practice is accepting therapy & court related clients! Family court mediation services(divorce, alimony, child support, custody, parenting agreements) probate court services are offered in SC & TN. If your marriage, relationship, or overall life needs to be revitalized, we're here to help. Specialties- psychological evaluations, CALOCUS, family/marriage counseling, pre-marital counseling, individual counseling, ADHD diagnosis, relationship issues, workplace issues, life adjustment issues, court mandated therapy, expert witness services, supervised visitation/exchanges, & home studies.We accept most insurances & self-pay clients.
(864) 374-2473 View (864) 374-2473
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Shea Bradley Moore
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-MHS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37228
The feelings of being overwhelmed and pressured to do more and have it all together from parenting to work or even just daily life is stressful. It can often feel like you are treading water and no one around you notices or even cares. Finding your voice can be so hard to do when there are so many expectations on us. It doesn’t have to be this way. I will create a space for you where you can find your voice, feel heard, and be seen. I will give you time where you can explore what is going on inside and around you. I will be there to help you get to the root of everything and to be able to see the change you want for your life.
The feelings of being overwhelmed and pressured to do more and have it all together from parenting to work or even just daily life is stressful. It can often feel like you are treading water and no one around you notices or even cares. Finding your voice can be so hard to do when there are so many expectations on us. It doesn’t have to be this way. I will create a space for you where you can find your voice, feel heard, and be seen. I will give you time where you can explore what is going on inside and around you. I will be there to help you get to the root of everything and to be able to see the change you want for your life.
(629) 217-2551 View (629) 217-2551
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Nashville Collaborative Counseling Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37228
Parenting Skills.
Nashville Collaborative Counseling Center is a group practice of mental healthcare therapists and helping professionals committed to creating spaces of accessibility, healing, and justice for our clients and the communities in which we serve. We also have a speciality practice within NCCC called Mamaya Health (UHC Community Plan (TN Medicaid) geared towards women who are pregnant and/or postpartum. Our interns within this program have expertise in maternal mental health, as well as focused consultation & supervision to provide you with specialized care at a time when you need it most.
Parenting Skills.
Nashville Collaborative Counseling Center is a group practice of mental healthcare therapists and helping professionals committed to creating spaces of accessibility, healing, and justice for our clients and the communities in which we serve. We also have a speciality practice within NCCC called Mamaya Health (UHC Community Plan (TN Medicaid) geared towards women who are pregnant and/or postpartum. Our interns within this program have expertise in maternal mental health, as well as focused consultation & supervision to provide you with specialized care at a time when you need it most.
(615) 258-6519 View (615) 258-6519
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Child Family Therapy Collective
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37207
Waitlist for new clients
I work with children and families to target their clinical concerns in the treatment of of selective mutism, anxiety, disruptive behavior and other behavioral concerns in children and adolescents. Parent training is at the core of my work as you are with your child the most, it is vital that you feel skilled to support your child at home outside of the treatment room. We work with teachers, family, and community when appropriate to treatment to take treatment goals out of the therapy room.
I work with children and families to target their clinical concerns in the treatment of of selective mutism, anxiety, disruptive behavior and other behavioral concerns in children and adolescents. Parent training is at the core of my work as you are with your child the most, it is vital that you feel skilled to support your child at home outside of the treatment room. We work with teachers, family, and community when appropriate to treatment to take treatment goals out of the therapy room.
(615) 857-5654 View (615) 857-5654

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.