No one ever teaches you how to be a parent…
Why should I try a support group for parents?
- Talk about experiences and gain feedback without being judged or criticized.
- Develop positive parenting solutions in a respectful environment.
- Improve relationships with your children
How are the groups run?
Parents are the experts – at least about their own families. Therefore, parents discuss the parenting issues that are most important to them. I facilitate the group to help things run smoothly and to introduce a variety of useful parenting techniques.
“We would cry together, laugh together, be angry together and admit mistakes together without any fear of criticism.”
$10 per person/session
Mediated by Maribeth Henry, M.A. MFT
Maribeth Henry, M.A. MFT
Children, Adolescents and Parents
I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families. I have Bachelor and Masters degrees in Human Development and Clinical/Counseling Psychology from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. For the last 16 years I have served as an instructor of parent education through Pasadena Community College. In addition to my community college teaching I maintain a private practice where I conduct small group sessions, in-home assessments and community-based interventions.
I believe that each person and age group has different needs within a therapy setting. I choose to work with individuals and families in their own environments and encourage interactive talk therapy to create a safe, compassionate and dynamic approach to support systemic change. Areas of particular focus and expertise are infant and child mental health with children 0-5, school-age children, adolescents and parent coaching.
When working with children & adolescents, I believe that the most important person in a child's life is the parent or caregiver. I see the partnership that is formed between the therapist and parent/caregiver as an integral part of work. I keep parents involved throughout treatment, providing feedback on how their child is progressing and providing tools to support parenting efforts outside the therapy hour.
I have provided numerous training workshops for clinicians, teachers and parents. I have presented on topics such as positive parenting, attachment & bonding, effects of trauma on young children, development, assessing the parent-child relationship, and improving communication techniques within a family.
My Treatment Specializations include:
- Children and Adolescents
- Infant-Parent Mental Health (0-5 population)
- Behavioral Issues
- Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
- Adjustment Issues
- Parent/Child Relational Issues
- Parenting Support / Coaching
- Attachment & Bonding
- Grief & Loss Counseling for children
- Healing from Childhood Abuse, Neglect & Trauma
- Coping with Divorce & Separation
- Blended Families / Family Reorganization
- Stress Management
- Educational Support / Classroom Management
- Animal Assisted Therapy
- Personal Growth / Optimizing the Quality of Life