I can’t take my child’s constant defiance and disrespect. We fight all the time.
I feel like I’m doing everything wrong as a parent.
I’m worried about our family. I’m losing hope that this can ever get better.
I have read so many parenting books and listened to so many podcasts. Nothing works!
Parenting a strong-willed child is hard.
Homework is always a fight.
I yell all the time but, I don’t know how to stop.
My child is addicted to screens. I’m not sure how to get them to do anything else.
Lately, I wonder if this is as good as our relationship is going to get.
Parenting is tough. Ok, some times it just plain sucks.
Yet, parenting is also the most important and rewarding job we will ever have.
Many parents tell me it is also the loneliest job because they feel judged by family members and teachers. They have a hard time connecting to friends and family without children. But, the worst part of the job is not having time for themselves because they have to take care of so many moving pieces.
Many parents forget that you don’t have to do this alone. You don’t have to have all the answers.
How could you though? If there was a course on “How to Raise a Human Being Without Screwing Them Up” in college, I missed that one. Although this is the most important job you will ever do, most parents learn how to parent – good or bad – from their own parents, books, or the internet.
We may know a lot about parenting, but YOU are the expert on your child.
Many parents are surprised to learn that there are effective treatments for behavioral problems, ADHD, and anxiety that focus on parents. But, there are no effective treatments with children that don’t include parents.
You are an important part of your child’s lifelong health and well-being. We can teach you skills and strategies that will level up your parenting and help you become the parent that you’ve always wanted to be.
Yet, you are the person who is uniquely qualified to parent and love your child. We will empower you and cheer you on all the way.
Our psychologists have extensive training and experience in working with parents and families. Dr. Newman served as a treatment director for a residential treatment program for at-risk youth and is a peer-reviewed, published researcher on mental health topics related to children and teens.
It can be difficult it to be the parent you want to be especially when you’re stressed and exhausted. Or, when you’re stuck in the house during a pandemic.
We will help you understand what is causing your child’s behavioral issues. We will identify those barriers and troubleshoot them. We will teach you evidence-based skills that are effective and straightforward. These skills can be implemented in a practical way.
Let’s start with the hard part. There is no treatment, medication, intervention, activity or anything else that will make your child respond to your requests positively every single time. Behavior is not the problem. Behavior is a child’s method of communication. And sometimes, with a less-developed brain and less learning experiences that communication can be extremely difficult to handle.
If you’re still there, what I mean is that if you view the behavior as the problem then you view your child as the problem. And that leaves no room for solutions.
If you view behavior as communication, then that changes everything. Your child’s behavior is giving you information that his or her environment at school, at home, or elsewhere is not workable or dysregulating. You’re the Rosetta Stone, so to speak, of it all. Although a psychologist can guide you, only you can actually walk the walk and do and say the things that will unlock and heal the meaning of what your child is trying to communicate.
We will work hard. You will learn research-based skills, yet you will have to choose to accept that things aren’t working and change your behavior. Many parents get stuck here because they get stuck on the shame spiral of “does this mean I screwed up my kid?” And the answer is no.
Flip the narrative. You are the person who has the power to change it all. If you run from that, everyone loses. If you run towards it, you are going to be amazed at what you can do. Ninja parent. Jedi parent.
We will also laugh – a lot. And we might even cry some too. We are fellow travelers in this whole parenting thing, after all.
“We are so grateful to Dr. Newman for teaching our entire family how to manage our daughter’s anxiety. Our daughter previously worked with another therapist for a year but failed to make consistent progress. We were considering taking her to a psychiatrist but decided to try Dr. Newman instead. Dr. Newman helped our daughter set and achieve specific goals related to her anxiety. She taught our daughter how to confront her fears and, most importantly, taught us as parents how to support our daughter without feeding her anxiety. Our daughter is developing greater independence and confidence thanks to Dr. Newman.
(Parents involved in the SPACE program and child involved in individual therapy for anxiety and phobias)”
When working with parents, our psychologists use a variety of evidence-based effective treatment methods. Our goal is to support you through your parenting challenges and help you parent your child to the best of your ability. To do this, we may use the following treatment methods:
The behavioral parenting approach describes a broad group of therapies that aim to teach parents how to reinforce desirable behaviors, discourage unwanted behaviors, and improve the parent-child relationship. Sometimes during therapy, we work with applied behavior analysts who are experts in positive behavioral reinforcement. Many of our therapists are trained in parenting methods including the Kazdin Method of behavioral parenting and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.
When the child is 7 or under and presents primarily with conduct problems, we will typically refer to a clinician certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy in your area.
If you are involved in a high-conflict divorce or custody situation, we will refer you to someone who focuses specifically on helping with co-parenting during these situations. We do not offer these services or parent coordinator services.
Dr. Newman primarily provides parenting for families with children who have anxiety-related or trauma-related disorders. Although she has a great deal of experience in parenting where the primary problem is conduct, aggression, or other externalizing behaviors, she no longer focuses on this area. She also does not treat substance use. We are happy to provide you with referrals.
Dr. Norwood is not accepting parenting clients at this time.
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Begin therapy for professionals to break through the barriers that keep you from having the life and relationships you want.
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We specialize in working with high-performing professionals, executives, lawyers, entrepreneurs, physicians and other healthcare professionals, creatives, athletes, and students (college, graduate, and professional programs). We will soon be offering for high-achieving teens who want and are a good fit for online or virtual therapy. Our therapists are all doctoral-level psychologists. Depending on the therapist you see, we can offer help with stress and burnout, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, ADHD, and depression as well as vicarious trauma, life transitions, and relationship problems. Learn more about the cost of online therapy on our investment page. Getting the best therapist for your needs no matter where you live and being able to fit it into your busy schedule might be the secret. Online therapy may be the answer you’ve been looking for! We use evidence-based treatment methods including ACT, DBT, RO-DBT, CBT, ERP, and trauma-informed therapies.
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