In addition to my professional training and experience I am a mother myself, and I understand the challenges of raising children in a world that feels increasingly fast-paced and stressful. I believe as parents we are all trying to do the best we can with the information we have and within the limits of our own abilities – and yet parenting recommendations and “the best ways to raise a child” seem to be changing every day. I work closely with my clients and their parents to assess their own values and priorities.
The demands on modern parenting are significant: increased pressure on our children to succeed academically, the impacts of social media and other screen-based distractions, and general uncertainty about what the future might hold for our children when they become adults, among many more.
Parenting becomes even more complicated when you or your child is managing mental health difficulties. Fortunately, you don’t need to do it alone. In my initial evaluations I offer recommendations for treatment and sometimes recommend further evaluation by other mental health or medical professionals. I work closely with the other members of your “village,” whether that includes pediatricians, school-based officials or others. Sometimes all you need answered is the question, “Is this normal, or should I be concerned?” I know as a parent that support and guidance – from family, friends, and sometimes professionals – can make all the difference in your or your child’s happiness.