Parenting Counselor Largo FL

Being in nature almost automatically connects us to a sense of something larger than ourselves and lets us disengage from day'to'day preoccupations. Not only can you provide opportunities for your child to be in nature, you can help her focus on fully engaging her senses.

Andrea Mason
(727) 328-4682
The Place for Counseling10825 Seminole Blvd
Largo, FL
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Parenting, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: University of South Florida
Year of Graduation: 1996
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: CMS Kidcare

Paola Rojas
(813) 343-2005
Resolution Today401 Corbett Street
Clearwater, FL
Specialties
Trauma and PTSD, Child or Adolescent, Parenting
Qualification
School: University of South Florida
Year of Graduation: 2004
Years In Practice: 6 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$60 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Barbara Rhode
(727) 474-1677
2365 5th Avenue NE
Saint Petersburg, FL
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Relationship Issues, Parenting, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: Nova University
Year of Graduation: 1984
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$90 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Annette D Reiter
(727) 232-4944 x1
Annette Reiter, Inc.840 Beach Dr NE
Saint Petersburg, FL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Abuse Recovery
Qualification
School: University of San Diego
Year of Graduation: 1998
Years In Practice: 9 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$90 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Ms. Sheri K Levens
(813) 364-0532
200 S Hoover Blvd
Tampa, FL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Trauma and PTSD, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: Nova Southeastern University
Year of Graduation: 1991
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

MothersWay Maternal Mental Health & Wellness
(888) 973-6669
MothersWay Maternal Mental Health & Wellness401 Corbett St.
Clearwater, FL
Specialties
Issues in Motherhood, Parenting, Child or Adolescent, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: Argosy University - Sarasota
Year of Graduation: 2008
Years In Practice: 2 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$50 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Kara E. Gerling
(727) 493-1859
970 Lake Carillon Drive
Saint Petersburg, FL
Specialties
Parenting, Trauma and PTSD, Child or Adolescent
Qualification
School: Argosy University
Year of Graduation: 2007
Years In Practice: 4 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$60 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Dr. Stacy Carmichael
(727) 260-4769
Family Psychology Associates
Safety Harbor, FL
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Parenting, Autism
Qualification
School: University of Florida
Year of Graduation: 2003
Years In Practice: 8 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Average Cost
$80 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Mrs. Amanda Mcclellan
(727) 456-8854
Palm Harbor Family Counseling Center2311 Alt. 19
Palm Harbor, FL
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Parenting, Behavioral Issues
Qualification
School: University of Central Florida
Year of Graduation: 2005
Years In Practice: 6 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10)
Average Cost
$50 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: 3 session packages offered at discounted

Sheila Derby-McLean
(727) 697-7980
200 South Hoover Boulevard
Tampa, FL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Life Coaching, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: Eastern Nazarene College
Year of Graduation: 1997
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

No Child Left Bananas

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By Elizabeth Marglin

Just like adults, children can feel completely out of control when they get stressed. Teaching them, by example, to stay present, quiet their minds, and check in with their gut feelings will help them learn to contain their emotions safely so temper tantrums don’t become their default mode of expression. With all the stimulation that bombards children, the new three Rs—rest, relaxation, and reflection—may prove to be as important as reading, writing, and ’rithmetic.

In response to the traumatic events of September 11, Linda Lantieri, author of Building Emotional Intelligence (Sounds True, 2008), developed a curriculum to help strengthen children’s ability to cope with stress. The following exercises can be taught to children 5 and older.

Create a peace corner.
Organize a special area where she can go to be quiet. You can include a photo of her favorite place, elements from nature, calming pictures, chimes, and quiet instrumental music.

Make room for silence.
While silence and kids may be a contradiction in terms, you can still try to
include silent breaks in your daily routine. For example, if you always listen to the radio or music when you drive, make it a family practice to have a few minutes of silence at the beginning and end of the car ride, and ask children to notice what they see, hear, and feel during that time.

Honor nature.
Being in nature almost automatically connects us to a sense of something larger than ourselves and lets us disengage from day-to-day preoccupations. Not only can you provide opportunities for your child to be in nature, you can help her focus on fully engaging her senses. For example, pick a place outdoors, and then observe, together, how that spot changes through the seasons.

Check in.
Young children are quite adept at tuning in to their bodies’ signals, but as they get older, cultural conditioning often diminishes this innate ability. Help your child recognize the signs of stress—jumpiness, fast breathing, tight feelings in the chest, tense muscles, and upset stomach—as a first step in teaching him how to release it.

—Elizabeth Marglin

Author: Elizabeth Marglin

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