I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in San Jose, CA and founded Lil Monster Moments to offer therapeutic support and guidance to those experiencing challenging times. As a practitioner I see children, individuals, couples, and families dealing with a broad range of issues such as personal growth struggles in adulthood, marital/relationship discord, behavioral challenges in children/adolescents, parenting/discipline issues, stress, depression, and anxiety. I am clinically trained to work with crime victims around trauma as well as to facilitate The Work of Byron Katie.
One of my greatest strengths as a therapist is working with parents and children around child rearing difficulties. Raising a family can be an overwhelming process. Parenting infants, toddlers, and teens can elicit many conflicting emotions. These emotions can have a profound impact on our children, our own personal growth, as well as on our marital/familial satisfaction. Our children also, even at a young age, may experience internal difficulties that can benefit from therapeutic support.
Are your younger children having "lil monster moments" that are overwhelming you to where you feel exhausted and discouraged? Have rewards and punishments stopped working? Do you often "give in" instead of "follow through" on consequences you have verbalized? There are effective discipline tools and strategies that can deliver results while at the same time positively impact your child's self-esteem. As your child responds to a discipline structure they can also develop life skills and a sense of mastery around their own emotional regulation. Wouldn't it feel wonderful to parent confidently, knowing you are encouraging your child's emotional development and self-esteem even while tantrums and difficult situations are occurring? We no longer have to rely on time-outs, bribery, spanking, and taking away privileges. These old tools don't seem as effective at promoting positive attributes in children while at the same time delivering an effective discipline structure.