[FOR CONNECTICUT RESIDENTS ONLY]
I do not provide crisis counseling. If you are in crisis, please dial 2-1-1 in any state to be connected with a crisis counselor who can speak to you and then direct you to the appropriate resources in your area.
Frequently Asked Questions
I work with parents or caregivers who are:
- residents of Connecticut (due to licensure restrictions)
- struggling as a first-time parent
- frustrated with their toddler
- feeling overwhelmed with behavioral issues in the home or at school
- unsure how to parent a child who is dealing with big emotions (such as depression, anxiety or general emotional dysregulation)
- feeling disconnected from their teens
- struggling to create boundaries with young adult children
- no longer enjoying their role as parent
- seeking to break free from unhelpful habits and patterns of responding to their kids
Parent counseling is very focused work. I work from a strengths-based, solution-focused perspective. As a social worker, I am trained to look at the client in his or her environment, so we will take a step back and look at the big picture together.
There are four main components to Parent Counseling:
Exploration: To the degree that you are comfortable, we will explore how you were parented, your innate parenting style and how they may be affecting your choices and patterns of behavior. Parent counseling can help you break generational chains and free you to be the parent you want to be.
Education: We will work together to really understand your unique children so that our parenting interventions can be tailored to their specific needs, developmental stage, and personality makeup. We will also explore child behavior in general.
Encouragement: We will focus on what is already working and how we can build upon the parenting strengths you already have.
Equipping: We will implement a variety of parenting interventions, tailored to your child, to help you strengthen your relationships, improve communication, and create a team atmosphere in the home. You will have homework![Optional] Prayer and discipleship: For parents who would also like spiritual support, we can pray over specific areas, look for ways God is answering those prayers, and explore creative ways to create a discipleship environment in the home.
We will work together to create goals, and along the way we will look for indicators that we are on the right track. I understand how precious your time is and will do my best to make the most of our time together.
Parent Counseling is not the same as individual psychotherapy. We will explore the issues from your past to the degree that they are impacting you as a parent today and I will help you uncover new ways of relating and responding to your children. But if you are struggling with depression, anxiety or other mental health issues, we may, after an initial assessment, decide that individual therapy would be the best first step for you. If so, I will do my best to help you find someone who is right for you.
At this time, I am only offering virtual parent counseling. This can be a limitation to those who prefer in-person sessions.
It depends. You may have a single, specific, time-sensitive issue that you need to work through. In that situation, our work together may be very short, just a few sessions.
Other issues may take longer, particularly if you are looking to break generational patterns that show up in your parenting. The average number of sessions is 6-8. We will create a treatment plan at the beginning of our work together and will regularly touch base to discuss your progress towards those goals. It is your right to stop treatment at any time.
Typically we will meet once a week. As we progress, we may decrease in frequency to every other week. Ultimately, it’s my desire to work myself out of a job.
$100/hour (50 minute session)
$50/half-hour (25 minute session)
Your fee for any 50 minute session also includes 15 minutes of follow-up emails or phone calls in between your sessions. Anything exceeding 15 minutes will be billed $25 per each additional 15 minutes. These between-session contacts are intended for clarification, updates, and encouragement. New issues should be saved for regular scheduled appointments so we have adequate time to explore them.
I do not accept insurance at this time. (I am happy to talk with you about my reasons for this decision if you have questions.)
You will be provided with a Good Faith Estimate at the beginning of your treatment.
I understand that counseling is an investment of your time, money, and emotional energy. It often requires sacrifice in different areas and will be challenging at times. While I cannot guarantee a particular outcome for you, it is my goal for you to leave feeling empowered, equipped and confident with tools and resources at your disposal.
I received a Bachelors of Arts with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Christian Ministries from Grove City College. I received a Master’s of Social Work in Clinical Practice with a concentration in Children and Families from Southern Connecticut State University. I received my license in clinical social work in 1999.
I have experience working with young boys in a residential treatment facility, providing group and individual therapy to teens in a partial hospitalization program, and providing individual and family therapy in both clinic and private practice settings. I have experience conducting sexual abuse evaluations and treatment for children between the ages of 3 and 18.
Over the years, I have also provided parent consultations, conducted parenting seminars and workshops, and led parenting small groups.
If you would like to learn more about my policies and procedures and your rights and responsibilities during treatment, please click the links below for a preview of my counseling agreements. You will be asked to fill out these forms (and others) through a client portal prior to your first session. I am happy to answer any questions you may have.
Parenting is the hardest job we will ever have. We will make mistakes and we will have struggles along the way. But even in the midst of struggles, it is possible to have hope that change is possible. I would love to come alongside you and help you along on that path toward change.
If you reside in Connecticut and think Parent Counseling might be right for you, please contact me for a free 15 minute phone consultation. I would love the opportunity to work with you.
Laura Kuehn, LCSW
By phone: 860-288-7870
By email: (please use the form below)