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Five Tips to Help Parents Listen Portland OR

The only way we can truly be sure that they are all right, or if something is troubling them, is if they feel they can confide in us on a person-to-person basis. But are we actually listening to them as equals, or are we listening to them with condescending ears and, in the process, inadvertently breaking these lines of communication between parent and child -- leaving them unwilling to come to us for help?

Ms. Brynna Sibilla
Adult, Couple & Family Therapy
(503) 280-1101
1934 NE Broadway
Portland, OR
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Oregon
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's I
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Carolyn Phillips
Carolyn Phillips, LCSW
(503) 422-9471
1536 NW 23rd Avenue
Portland, OR
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in Oregon
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Parenting Issues, Phob
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Biracial, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Christopher Tucker
Bridge City Counseling
(503) 341-5104
712 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR
Credentials
Credentials: LPC
Licensed in Oregon
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Phobias, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders, Attachment Disorders
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. JoAnn Lusky
JoAnn Lusky LCSW, PC
(360) 735-1114
500 West Eighth Street Suite 215
Vancouver, WA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Washington
36 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Stress, Trauma/PT
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Christine Pollastro
Wellspring Counseling Service
(360) 695-1022
2031 Broadway, Suite C
Vancouver, WA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, ACSW
Licensed in Washington
27 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Self Abuse, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Tra
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Jennifer Lopas
Jennifer Lopas LCSW, LLC
(503) 250-1188
1020 SW Taylor St., Suite 250
Portland, OR
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Oregon
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trau
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. M Young
M Joy Young/Portland Lifestyle Counseling LLC
(503) 309-1163
4605 NE Fremont Street #210C
Portland, OR
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, CPC
Licensed in Oregon
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Multicultural Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Elder Abuse
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Caregivers
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Kelley Chimenti
Sunset Psychological & Counseling Services
(503) 292-1885
9900 SW Wilshire St., Suite 230
Portland, OR
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Oregon
9 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Disorders
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Nancy Skanchy
Skanchy Family Counseling
(360) 980-2570
108 SE 124th Avenue
Vancouver, WA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Washington
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Stress, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Steven Bo O'Dell, LCSW, BCD, C.Ht.
(503) 249-7844
1732 SE Ash St
Portland, OR
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears,Depression,Gay Lesbian Issues,HIV/AIDS,Loss or Grief,OCD,Relationship Issues,Spirituality,Trauma and PTSD
Gender
Male
Education
I have a MSW from Portland Sate University and am licensed by the state of Oregon as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work and am also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
The Lighter Heart, PC

Data Provided by:

Five Tips to Help Parents Listen

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Parent & Child

Parents, Are You Listening or Lecturing to Your Kids? Five Tips to Help You Listen
By Julie Scandora 
Email
Feb 11, 2009, 10:44
   

Seattle, WA - The knowledge that our children are safe, happy and emotionally sound is one of our greatest concerns. If they were being traumatized by something at school or, even worse, the attentions of a predator, we would want to be the first to know.

The only way we can truly be sure that they are all right, or if something is troubling them, is if they feel they can confide in us on a person-to-person basis. But are we actually listening to them as equals, or are we listening to them with condescending ears and, in the process, inadvertently breaking these lines of communication between parent and child -- leaving them unwilling to come to us for help?

"Children don't seem to get as much respect as other members of society," says Julie Scandora, teacher and author of the book 'Rules Are Rules.' "They experience the same emotional obstacles as adults, but this is often overlooked by grown-ups. Parents need to treat children with respect and ensure a trusting relationship."

Here are five of Julie's tips to help you communicate more effectively with your children:

1. Listen. It sounds obvious, but if your children don't think they will be heard, they won't go to you with the hard questions or problems.

2. Create opportunities for interaction with your kids. Families spend so much time apart these days. Use 'car time' -- such as the 20-minute drive to school – as a time to communicate with your children.

3. Lead by example. Far too many parents opt for the 'do as I say not as I do' method. But this sends mixed messages to children regarding important situations.

4. Respect the child's intuition. We all have 'gut feelings,' and if kids are encouraged to trust theirs, they will be able to heed their intuition in dicey situations when we aren't around to help.

5. Don't confuse 'respect' with 'giving in.' It is important that the parental role is not usurped. Don't give in to kids just to diffuse a problematic situation. Instead communicate with them and let them know why rules are rules.

By showing our children that we are receptive to what they have to say and that we are willing to talk with them, not just at them, we can help them gain confidence and maturity, but we need to make sure we are practicing what we preach.

"Perhaps we need to start with ourselves, don't we!" laughs Julie, "But if we give our children the respect we give our peers, they will be better prepared to deal with whatever life throws at them. And when they encounter something for which they are still too young to deal with by themselves, they'll naturally come to us for advice."

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Julie Scandora is a teacher, editor, author and mother of three. She holds a BA from Smith and an MBA from the University of Washington and has taught c...

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