Parents & Partners

As a parent myself, I am walking the humbling road of trying to raise emotionally connected, intelligent kids who also have a sense of responsibility: to themselves, their families, friends, and communities.

I find that many of us are struggling to not repeat some of the parenting we received, while wanting to instill structure and self-responsibility in our kids.  We want to be emotionally connected to our kids, but aren’t sure how to give them enough boundaries to treat themselves and others with respect.

I offer therapy and coaching to parents of infants through young adults around (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Transitioning from partners to co-parents in a relationship and how to get on the same page
  • Raising attached and emotionally intelligent kids
  • Decreasing parental stress and overwhelm
  • Setting loving and firm boundaries
  • Addressing daily annoyances: whining, lack of gratitude, disrespect
  • Setting your family mission statement and putting it into action
  • Creating rituals which provide connection, structure, and fun for your family
  • Compromising and creating a joyous culturally or religiously diverse interfaith family
  • Launching self-responsible young adults
  • Navigating the role of in-law and having appropriate boundaries with adult children

I do not claim to be an expert, nor do I have all the answers. What I do offer is solid conversation, problem-solving and guidance for parents who want the best for their kids and feel inundated by the demands of modern-day parenting.

I utilize the tenets of attachment theory, and the accessible parenting tools of Portland parenting expert JoAnne Nordling. I am a teacher for Ms. Nordling’s Parent Support Center PDX, offering classes and workshops on tools for parents to use when facing the day to day challenges of parenting, from whining to not-minding.