I will help you to build relationships that are rooted in trust, respect, and cooperation. I will help you to feel confident in your role as the calm, steady, tuned-in leader of your child. To be able to trust your own instincts and those of your child. To slow down and really listen and really see who your child is and what they need from you to become the authentic, confident, independent, and kind person they want to be. 

Parenting Support and Coaching for parents who are looking for a way towards deeper connection and less frustration, doubt, and stress. 

I am here for you.

I work with parents across all stages of the parenting journey to find ways to help their children to be respectful, cooperative, confident, and kind by exploring their own perceptions and behaviors related to parenting. In focusing on the mindset of the parents first--your doubts, your values, your fears, your wishes, how you were parented--it becomes easier to see the roadblocks that are taking place with your child, and the work towards building a sense of collaboration, respect, and trust can begin.

Here's what I Offer:

I will help you to find a path through the chaos and frustration to a deep, mutual sense of connection with your child. I will help you find your authentic parenting style and voice that will guide you in calmly and confidently responding to your children so they can relax in the knowledge that you have their backs. 

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Parent-Focused Support & Coaching

Just as every family is different, so too will be the ways in which your needs are best supported. 

For parents who are just starting out

On their parenting journey and want to set the foundation for secure attachment, healthy emotional expression, and a collaborative, respectful relationship with their child, I help them to identify their parenting values and use their authentic voice as a parent. I help them to be on the same page with their partner in parenting, to feel confident in their ability to navigate common parenting challenges, and to identify and let go of remnants of their own childhood experiences of being parented that may not have worked for them--what I refer to as “ghosts in the nursery.” 

For parents who've hit a roadblock

With their child--something isn’t working, or maybe it hasn’t been working for a while. Whether it is a behavioral issue, a relationship issue, or maybe it’s not really clear what is wrong but in your gut you feel like something is not feeling good to you and you need reassurance, support, and guidance. I work with families who struggle with communication, who struggle with effective discipline and limit setting--whether that means you feel like you are banging your head against a wall because no matter what boundary you set, nothing works, or maybe you are reluctant to set any boundaries and need help asserting your authority with confidence. 

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⟶ Processing and coping with pregnancy and postpartum emotions 
⟶ Finding your footing as a new parent
⟶ Discovering your authentic parenting style and voice
⟶ Navigating a return to work
⟶ Effective communication within the family
⟶ Supporting sibling relationships
⟶ Processing transitions within the family (new siblings, divorce, trauma)
⟶ Co-Parenting

Common Themes of Parent-Focused Support:

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Respectful Parenting Skills Coaching:

⟶ Setting appropriate developmental expectations 
⟶ Establishing respectful caregiving routines
⟶ Respectful and effective discipline
⟶ Helping children to manage their big emotions
⟶ Supporting your child to develop their own interests and curiosities and to play more independently

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"Sarah Bren, PhD is a brilliant clinician who has synthesized the child and adult evidence to create practical and understandable tools to help navigate the terrain of parenting."

— Sarah Adler, PsyD

Chief Clinical Officer, Octave Health - Professor, Stanford Psychiatry - Founder, Peninsula Behavioral Health    

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Let's realign your family and build relationships that are rooted in trust, respect, and cooperation.