I believe every family has the ability to create healthy, fulfilling relationships. I believe in celebrating each family’s uniqueness and drawing on the strengths you already possess. Let me help you put the fun back in your family life.

My Background

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Child Specialist and Development Disabilities Specialist, I’ve worked with children and families in an array of settings and circumstances for more than 16 years.

“Mom, I’m worried I’m going to get shot at school.” : Talking to kids about the scary stuff

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What to do with all the attitude?

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Family Therapy in Portland

Tracey_homepageAs a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Child Specialist and Development Disabilities Specialist, I’ve worked with children and families in an array of settings and circumstances for more than 16 years.

As a biological and adoptive parent to two children and a working Mom, I know firsthand the everyday challenges families face.

I understand how quickly small problems can cause frustration and misunderstanding, especially when families feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn for help.

I started Practical Parenting as a way to provide support and solutions to families facing everyday challenges. The goal is to provide therapy and support through family, individual, child/adolescent and, couples counseling, parent coaching, parent coordination, and various workshops that decrease frustration and increase fun.

I believe every family has the ability to create healthy, fulfilling relationships. I believe in celebrating each family’s uniqueness and drawing on the strengths you already possess.

It takes courage to seek ways to change the way your family works. Let me help you find the tools and ideas that will work for you and your family – and put the fun back in your family life.

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Recent Blog Posts

April 27, 2015 |

What to do with all the attitude?

Attitude.  Every parent talks about it.  The eye roll, the hip shift, the sigh, the irritated...

December 4, 2014 |

Holidays, Family, and Divorce…oh my.

Divorce adds a new level of complexity to most family situations.  Especially the holidays. Where are the kids...

October 15, 2014 |

“Mom, you are fat” and other things you wish your kid didn’t say.

“Mom, you are fat.  I know you work hard at the gym, but you just look soft and mom-like.” Yep, my...

September 18, 2014 |

Standardized Testing: A celebration of learning

Thoughts on standardized testing from my 11 year old this week… “The best thing about school this week...

June 13, 2014 |

The last day of school: bittersweet.

It is the last day of school at our house.  The last day of elementary school for my oldest.  Also, he started...

March 7, 2014 |

Potty Training: It begins with the first diaper change

Potty Training: It begins with the first diaper change It doesn’t happen in a weekend.  It doesn’t happen...

February 1, 2014 |

The Birds and the Bees: Answering the Awkward Questions with Grace and Confidence

The Top Ten TakeAways from my class: “The Birds and the Bees: Answering the Awkward Questions with Grace and...

October 3, 2013 |

The Second Child

The Second Child by Deborah Garrison You see I too was second in order.  Two.   Before you arrived for a...

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