Welcome to Open Door for Parents

Kids are hurting. Parents are worn out. Psychologists are hard to find.

Open Door for Parents gives you the tools you need to help your child cope with feelings and build meaningful friendships, and to help you feel supported in your journey as a parent and gain more peace in your family.

Subscribe to get:

  • Free 2-minute videos plus Q&A posts about children's feelings, friendships, and mental health.
  • The option to submit questions to Dr. Eileen and to share comments about what's worked for your family.
  • Announcements about up-coming live or recorded webinars and conversation hours.

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Open Door for Parents Events


5 Friendship Skills Every Child Needs to Learn

August 10 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

LIVE Webinar: Almost every child struggles socially in some way, at some time. Help your child feel more comfortable and…

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Recorded Webinars

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Parenting During Uncertain Times


On-Demand Webinar: (50-min, 8 parts). Everything is harder. So much is unpredictable and uncontrollable. And the on-going strain takes its…

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Helping Your Anxious Child


Recorded Conversation Hour: (58-min., 14 parts) Watch Dr. Eileen’s informal question and answer session about supporting anxious children. Topics addressed…

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Emotion Coaching: Help Your Child Cope With Feelings


On-Demand Webinar: (48-min., 8 parts, plus Q&A)  Help your child learn to minimize emotional melt-downs, manage negative feelings, and build…

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Why Open Door for Parents?

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Children's Hospital Association, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have declared children’s mental health a national emergency.

I see this crisis very directly in my practice. Every day, I get calls from people who want to talk to a psychologist, but there are physical limits to how many people I can see in my practice. It hurts my heart to have to turn people away.

With all of that in mind, I'm offering Open Door for Parents.

What is Open Door for Parents?

Open Door for Parents is an online resource for parents, about children’s feelings, friendships, and mental health. 

Open Door for Parents is welcoming. You’ll find practical ideas for helping your child that are realistic and don’t require you to be a perfect parent with nothing else going on in your life.  

Open Door for Parents is about connection and community. I’ll share what I know from psychology research, my clinical work, and my personal experience as a mom of four, and I hope you’ll chime in with comments about what’s worked for you. 

Open Door for Parents is mostly about possibility because our kids are learning and growing and so are we.  

I hope you’ll work with me to build something meaningful and useful together.

What does Open Door for Parents involve?

  1. I’ll send free, 2-minute videos for parents about children’s feelings, friendships, and mental health, to subscribers by email, approximately every other week. (Yes, there will be a transcript if you’re rather read.) 

  2. On the opposite weeks, I'll send written responses to questions about children’s feelings and friendships. 
  3. You can share comments on my videos. (Please be kind!) You can also suggest questions or topics you’d like me to address. 

  4. About once a month, I’ll host either a webinar or an online conversation hour about a specific topic. (These will be paid events. Recordings will be available if you can’t attend the live event.)

Some Practical Matters

Obviously, Open Door for Parents is NOT psychotherapy. It's for educational purposes only about important topics facing families. The ideas mentioned by me or other community members may or may not be relevant for your particular situation.

I trust you to use your judgement about what makes sense for your child and your family and to consult your physician or a mental health provider, if needed, about very serious or complicated situations.