Parenting Counselor Ripley TN

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.

Carmen F Pfeifer
(901) 476-6759
Covington, TN
Practice Areas
Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Jean Landphair
(615) 442-7145
1138 Dow Street
Murfreesboro, TN
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Loss or Grief
Qualification
School: Trevecca Nazarene University
Year of Graduation: 2011
Years In Practice: < 1 Year
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
up to $80
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Mary A. Witt
(615) 257-0513
2670 Memorial Blvd., Suite E1
Murfreesboro, TN
Specialties
Parenting, Divorce, Emotional Disturbance
Qualification
School: Trevecca Nazarene University
Year of Graduation: 2011
Years In Practice: < 1 Year
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$60 - $60
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Ms. Sylvia Stanford Ritchie
(865) 670-0988 x251
Ebenezer Counseling Services325 Ebenezer Road
Knoxville, TN
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Spirituality, Personality Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Alabama
Year of Graduation: 1995
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Average Cost
$50 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Elizabeth Larson
(615) 326-5976
Brentwood, TN
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Parenting, family therapy, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Year of Graduation: 2006
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Average Cost
$40 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Gerald Wood
(901) 476-6759
Covington, TN
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Wendy Pitts Reeves
(865) 681-2869 x1
307 High Street
Maryville, TN
Specialties
Depression, Parenting, Addiction
Qualification
School: University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Year of Graduation: 1988
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Ms. Patricia Abbarno
(865) 635-9151
111 Center Park Drive
Knoxville, TN
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Parenting, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: UT-Knoxville
Year of Graduation: 1984
Years In Practice: 10 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: ACEC

Dr. Margaret Berret
(865) 551-9645
Oak Ridge Psychotherapy Practice679 Emory Valley Road
Oak Ridge, TN
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Parenting, Depression
Qualification
School: Ohio State University
Year of Graduation: 1977
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$100 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Mrs. Joan W Bruce
(615) 538-5881
Babb Center105 Music Village Blvd.
Hendersonville, TN
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Loss or Grief
Qualification
School: Trevecca Nazarene University
Year of Graduation: 2007
Years In Practice: 3 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Average Cost
$70 - $80
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes

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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