Are you feeling overwhelmed being a parent?

Is parenthood different from what you expected? Maybe you want to feel more relaxed and empowered raising your child?

Parenting is the toughest job in the world but one we get little preparation for!

Are you battling with a toddler with a will of steel?

Are mealtimes a nightmare and not the happy, family time you imagined it would be?

Perhaps bedtime is chaotic and everyone in the house needs to get more sleep?

Whether you are concerned about your toddler or teen, parenting can be tough. It is probably the source of your greatest worries. I have a great deal of experience of working with parents in various states of stress. We all want to do the best for our children and help them as much as we can. It’s not always easy though, is it?

Starting with babies on up, I can help you with the specifics of tackling sleep training, mealtime drama and temper tantrums. As your child grows, concerns change, and parenting worries are more about how your child is doing socially, sibling rivalry or power struggles they are having with you. You may be feeling a little overwhelmed by all the responsibility you have as a parent or having a tough time navigating changes in your relationships with your partner, grandparents, other family members or friends.

These are some very common parenting dilemmas I work with parents to overcome:

  • Transitioning to parenthood
  • Sleep issues from infants to adolescents
  • Fussy eaters & mealtime dramas
  • Ending temper tantrums
  • Parenting the strong-willed child
  • Parenting an anxious child
  • Parenting kids with ADHD
  • Deciding whether to return to work
  • Dealing with grandparents
  • How to handle discipline from toddlers to teens
  • How to stay calm when everything seems out of control

Using your specialist knowledge of your child, and my specialist knowledge about developing strong parenting strategies, we can work together to give you the confidence to enjoy life with your kids more.

Is Parenting Coaching Right For You?

Some people worry that seeing a parenting coach is a sign of weakness. “I should know how to do all this”, “other parents seem to be coping!” The truth is, it takes a lot of courage to reach out for help. Sometimes people just need a few sessions to discuss a specific concern and get back on track. Others need more time because they are dealing with multiple issues or perhaps coming to term with their own history of being parented.

The benefits of Parenting Coaching can include:

  • Feeling more confident in your parenting decisions.
  • Building a stronger relationship with your kids.
  • Making and sticking to your parenting goals.
  • Learning to be consistent and manage your own emotions in difficult situations.
  • Feeling more relaxed and empowered while raising your child/children.
  • Learn to discipline without yelling.

Improve your relationship with your child and create a more peaceful home environment starting today!

One issue that I find comes up again and again is how to handle discipline and arguments within the family. So I put together a booklet with some strategies I am always saying to my clients to help them begin to improve their relationship with their child and reduce the amount of shouting, arguing and tantrums that can occur. I hope that you will find it helpful too.

Dr. Allen’s professional license unfortunately does not allow her to give personalized advice via email to people who are not her clients.

What can you read?

Excellent Therapist!

Dr. Allen is a colleague of mine and she is an excellent therapist. She is warm, caring, and exceptional at her work. I refer clients to Dr. Allen and I highly recommend her if you are looking for a top notch therapist.

Jodi Petchenik, LCSW

A Mother’s Journey to Family Harmony

When I started seeing you for therapy I felt so overwhelmed and trapped in daily battles with my three children. Thank you so much for all your help. It has really helped me gain a better perspective. I am now a role model for my children and help them worry less about things by teaching them the tools you taught me.

Margaret R.

A Parent’s Journey with ADHD

I first came to see Dr. Allen I was completely exhausted by battling with my son who has ADHD and angry outbursts. I have learned how to stay calm and that helps him stay calm too and we have a much better relationship. We still have our difficult days but I am in a better position to deal with them and at the end the day I am left feeling that I am done my best, not guilty that I have failed him. The techniques she taught me for helping him deal with his ADHD have been very useful for all of us.

Cathy S.

Sarah Transformed Our Family’s Sleep and Sanity

My baby didn’t sleep. She wouldn’t sleep more than a couple of hours at night and no more than 30 minutes during the day. I was completely overwhelmed and my husband and I were at each other’s throats. I was supposed to be going back to work but was barely functioning. Sarah helped us to learn how to get our baby sleeping and then she supported me in my transition back to work. She also helped my husband and I navigate how to share childcare and running the house fairly. She is a very knowledgeable therapist and has really helped us.

Pam. L.

Trusted & Knowledgeable Therapist.

When I need to refer any of my patients for talk therapy I immediately think of Dr. Allen as she is wonderful at helping people with severe and complex issues really get to the root of their problems. She is very caring and knowledgeable and I have found her extensive experience really helps people to change their lives for the better.

Dr. Teresa Poprawski

If you are thinking about getting counseling and you’d like to talk to someone about the things that are troubling you, I am happy to help.