New Parent Tips Lemoore CA

So you are a new parent? Congratulations! Welcoming a new child into a family is an exciting, thrilling time. It can be scary, too, of course.

Ms. Susan Gonzales
Susan Gonzales - Los Angeles Office
(310) 770-5009
864 S. Robertson; Ste 104
Los Angeles, CA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in California
21 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Autism/PDD, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Education/Personal Development, Asperger's Syndrome, Attachment Disorders, Infant Mental Health
Populations Served
Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mrs. Iris Lee Knell
Iris Lee Knell, LCSW, CAS
(310) 374-3339
2100 N. Sepulveda Blvd #30
Manhattan Beach, CA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, CAS
Licensed in California
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Liz Johnston
Liz Johnston, LCSW
(805) 787-0106
1124 Nipomo St.
San Luis Obispo, CA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in California
26 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Aging, Career/Employment Concerns, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Disabled, Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Chronic Illness, Brain/Head Injured
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Elaine Fidel
(310) 553-5848
864 South Robertson Blvd. L.A. 90035 157 20 Ventura blvd. Encino, Ca.
Los Angeles, CA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in California
32 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Phobias, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Sexuality Issues, Psychosomatic, Attachment Diso
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families, Grandparents, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Stacey Stahl
(530) 414-8014
10098 Jibboom Street Suite 103
Truckee, CA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Nevada
9 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, Attachment Disorders, Women's
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Linda Levinson
Linda Levinson, LCSW
(310) 202-0262
1494 South Robertson Blvd #203
Los Angeles, CA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in California
33 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Tra
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Lee Ann Hart
Lee Ann Hart, LCSW
(310) 375-8981
24050 Madison St Suite 100-S
Torrance, CA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in California
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Shira Gallagher
Private Practice
(510) 594-4008
2001 Blake St.
Berkeley, CA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in California
6 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Adoption/Foster Care, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationshi
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Twins, Immigrants/Refugees, Caregivers, Gifted, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Michael Nava
Diversified Psychotherapy, Inc
(562) 743-2789
5199 E. Pacific Coast Hwy Suite 615
Long Beach, CA
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D
Licensed in California
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss,
Populations Served
AIDS/HIV+, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Gil Shepard
Gil Shepard MFT
(925) 937-3337
2940 Camino Diablo, Suite 300
Walnut Creek, CA
Credentials
Credentials: MFT
Licensed in California
35 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Dissociative Disorders, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Pain Management, Phobias, Physical Illness/Impa
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Brain/Head Injured, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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New Parent Tips

So you are a new parent? Congratulations! Welcoming a new child into a family is an exciting, thrilling time. It can be scary, too, of course. And rightly so. No where else in life will you experience the rollercoaster of life more than in the game of parenting. I know because I have four children and have been parenting for more than two decades. What words of wisdom for new parents can I offer you? Well, if I was to start all over with my kids, I d want to know that there is an art and a science to the skill of raising a child.

The Art of Parenting.

This is the heart of your parenting. You love your child. You want the very best for him. You envision years of happy times together. This is all good! The feelings and desires you have for your family will motivate you when times get tough. And you can be certain, times will get tough. It s simply the nature of the beast.

You can establish strong heart bonds with your child by intentionally cultivating the relationship with her. Starting as a baby, spend time with your little one. As one who has been there, done that, I can assure you there is no substitute for time spent with your child.

Get to know this new human. Figure out her personality, her quirks, her talents, her frustrations. This will do several things for both of you as your child grows.




No one said parenting is easy. But it can be extremely rewarding.

The Science of Parenting.

This is the head or thinking side of your parenting. This is where you apply all the skills you use in other areas of your life to improve yourself as a parent.

For example, you probably had some sort of education to be trained in your current job or career. Perhaps it took you years to learn your career skills. Perhaps it was simply a matter of on the job training. Whatever it was, you knew there was a learning curve involved. You may have continuing education requirements for your career, as well.

Thoughtful wisdom in parenting dictates there is also a learning curve. This is definitely an on the job type of training, but you needn t feel overwhelmed. Parenting is the most popular career field on the planet. There is no shortage of books, seminars, classes, and mentors available to you concerning this topic.

Like any career, you ll need to do a little research to determine which voices to listen to. I recommend making a list of all the parents you know who are raising their children in ways in which you respect. These are the voices to begin to listen to.

Be flexible in your parenting. What works in one season of your family s life may not work as well in another. And what works beautifully with one child may fail miserably with another child. As you maneuver through the science of parenting, let your heart (art) be your guide. I am a firm believer that no one knows a child the way that child s parent does. As you listen to other parents and learn through parenting resources, listen with your heart. Will this material work in my family? Could I adapt it to work more specifically for my family s situation? Feel free to try parenting ideas and make adjustments over time. Very few ideas will work the first time, but many ideas will be invaluable over the long haul.

The last bit of wisdom for new parents I d like to offer is this: give yourself a break. If you are loving your child and working to learn what you can about the parenting game, you are probably doing a wonderful job. Kids are flexible and can stand up to most of our mistakes. Have a humble and grateful heart and be determined to do whatever you need to do as a parent and you ll do great.

Colleen Langenfeld has been parenting for over 27 years and helps other moms enjoy mothering more at http://www.paintedgold.com . Get more words of wisdom for new parents at http://www.paintedgold.com/Kids/wisdom-new-parents.html



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