P.G. asks from Surprise, AZ on October 31, 2008
Know a Good Family Psychologist or Therapist?...
My family and I are going through some rough times due to my 13 year old step-son moving in with us. Do any of you awesome parents out there know of a good family Psychologist or Therapist. We have been to several counselors and everyone just seems to ask us how we are feeling. We need real help that includes suggestions on behavior changes, etc., not just feel good discussions. Does anyone like this really exist?
J.L. answers from Phoenix on November 01, 2008
I took my now almost six year old adopted daugther to see a clinical psychologist when I was wondering whether some of her behavior was "normal" and if there were things we could do to change it. He gave us real suggestions and was very professional. His name is Dr. Kent Leigh and if you would like to e-mail me I can give your their address and number.
R.V. answers from Phoenix on November 01, 2008
I do have a great person. Her name is Shelly Hoffman off of 59th ave and Greenway. She has a techneque that helps process the past and so you can deal with the present and future. I have recommended her to a couple close friends and they are as happy as me with her. She will work with your budjet also.:)
V.G. answers from Phoenix on November 03, 2008
Several years ago my now ex-husband meet an amazing woman named Jane Fendelman. He brought home her book "Raising Humane Beings" and several of her cds. They transformed my relationship to being a parent and the way we raise our son. When my husband and I divorced we saw her for several sessions and I can tell you that the sessions were powerful! My ex and I are now best friends - we went from a very mean and nasty divorce to a very friendly and cooperative divorce. And the advice and suggestions she gave us to help our son through the experience I believe saved him from much undue trauma and pain. I have been to many family counselors (starting with my own parents divorce, all the way through my own marriage)and none of them helped like she did.
I highly recommend that you at the very least get her book, and check out her website, she has some very useful stuff on there.
I know that she is now practicing part time in New York and has brought on a partner here in the valley, but I'm sure her partner is just as good as she is.
I hope this helps and good luck!
A.Q. answers from Phoenix on November 01, 2008
Jewish Family and Children's Services has several very good therapists. And what's more they all specialize in different family dynamics. You can look them up. There are several sites througout the valley. Jennifer Kaye is wonderful with teens. She works out of the Phoenix site on 7th street.
Don't let the name fool you. They are not a religious organization and do not only work with Jewish clients.