Parenting Counselor Starke 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.

Dr. Dorothy Wolfson
(954) 378-9462
Psychotherapy, Inc7501 Wiles Road
Coral Springs, FL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Thinking Disorders, Parenting, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: Heed University
Year of Graduation: 1985
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$120 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Karleen S Shuster
(850) 602-2788
Marriage & Family Therapy310 E. Government Street
Pensacola, FL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Anxiety or Fears, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: National University
Year of Graduation: 2005
Years In Practice: 6 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: ACI

Mr. Scott Keller
(813) 438-6548
P.O. Box 3366
Riverview, FL
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Parenting, Life Coaching, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: West Chester University
Year of Graduation: 2004
Years In Practice: < 1 Year
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children
Average Cost
$50 - $70
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Heather R. Harding
(813) 358-2048
806 W Deleon St.
Tampa, FL
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Parenting, Attention Deficit (ADHD), Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: Florida State University
Year of Graduation: 2001
Years In Practice: 6 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$110 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Spring Page Gawkowski, LCSW : Life Professors
(561) 797-3219
Spring Page Gawkowski, LCSW : Life Professors222 Professional Way
Wellington, FL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Parenting, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Barry University
Year of Graduation: 1992
Years In Practice: 15+ 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: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Amanda K Smith
(407) 494-4190
15 Windsormere Way
Oviedo, FL
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, ADHD, Parenting
Qualification
School: University of Central Florida
Year of Graduation: 2004
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children
Average Cost
$90 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Audrey L. Gemberling
(321) 348-4420
Crossroads To Change, LLC
Melbourne, FL
Specialties
Life Coaching, Parenting, Relationship Issues, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Northern Colorado
Year of Graduation: 1988
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$20 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Eric Leever
(772) 410-3883
Leever Mental Health Counseling607 St. Lucie Crescent
Stuart, FL
Specialties
Parenting, Child or Adolescent, Transsexual Issues
Qualification
School: Florida Atlantic University
Year of Graduation: 2007
Years In Practice: 3 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$90+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: MHA/MHNet

Mrs. Laura Rose
(305) 809-8882
The Place for Reconnecting19300 West Dixie Hgwy
Aventura, FL
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Divorce, Parenting
Qualification
School: St. Thomas University
Year of Graduation: 1995
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Audrey L. Gemberling
(321) 348-4420
Crossroads To Change, LLC
Sebastian, FL
Specialties
Health - Wellness Coaching, Life Coaching, Parenting, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Northern Colorado
Year of Graduation: 1988
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

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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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