Parenting is hard for everyone, to some degree or another, at some point or another. It’s hard because:
- You may have grown up with addiction, mental illness, domestic violence, or divorce, and thus don’t have role models or examples for how to be a different kind of parent.
- You may be struggling with physical, emotional, or psychological concerns that make it difficult for you to parent the way you want to.
- Your children present challenges that you never anticipated and don’t know how to handle.
- You hold yourself to impossibly high standards, and feel like a failure when you don’t meet them.
- Kids can be unpredictable and inconvenient, even in the best of times.
- You may have very different styles or priorities from your parenting partners.
- You may be struggling to address the unique challenges of co-parenting after divorce or parenting within a blended family.
- It feels impossible to find time for yourself in the midst of managing work, home, and family.
- You may not be getting enough sleep or exercise or time to just stare at the wall and quietly sip your tea.
I bring a research- and reality-based approach to my work, and together we’ll identify the challenges you may be facing, such as:
- depression and anxiety
- work / life imbalance
- loneliness and isolation
- low or non-existent self-care
- fatigue and exhaustion
- relationship changes or challenges
- painful childhood histories and other family of origin challenges
- doubt and insecurity about parenting
- confusing thoughts and overwhelming emotions
- conflicts with spouses, children, or extended family
- frequent sense of being “out of control”
- confusion about identity and career
The good news is that change is always possible. It’s never too late to become a more empathic, effective, and engaged parent. It’s never too late to create more balance, calm, and happiness in your daily life. That’s where I come in. I provide support, education, and psychotherapy to parents of all ages.
Carla Naumburg, PhD, LICSW
Support, Education, and Psychotherapy for Parents
60 Austin St., Ste 210, Newtonville, MA 02460