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I'm interested in doing some work on myself, my realtionships, and my parenting. I am thinking of working with a prof. counselor type. I really want to find someone who will understand and support my AP parenting and understands the challenges of being a mom to a spirited child. I'd ideally like to work with a woman.<br><br>
If any of you know of such a person, I'd love your suggestions. Thanks!
 

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I'm in the same boat too, and just came here to post the same question, although I'm in the South Bay. If I hear anything, I'll let you know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks Mellie-Bellie. Have you tried to find anyone? Any one else out there have ideas for finding an AP friendly therapist? Even, if you aren't in the Bay Area, I'd love your ideas.<br><br>
I'm even more interested now because I went to a therapist that I previously saw with my husband. I was nervous about how he would respond to my parening style. The meeting was a nightmare! He told me that I'm not helping my son by "allowing" him to be so attached. He wanted to know how I expected him to function in school (my ds is 19 months). And, he said that he thougt my ds's separation anxiety is abnormal. I admit it's intense - but abnormal. For a split sec, I thought, gosh had I done something wrong. And, then I quickly said to myself, this guy doesn't know about me as a parent or a thing about my son. I excused myself and told him that I would not be coming back. A real bummer as I'd like to have some outside support.<br><br>
Sorry for the rant...I'd really like to work with a woman who is respectful of my love for my ds.
 

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Wow, what a nightmare! Sorry you had to deal w/ that. That's the biggest fear I have when seeking out a therapist. I don't need someone blaming my parenting on the problems I'm having.<br><br>
I've been searching all over the web for therapists, and I also emailed a lady from the local API chapter to see if they knew of someone.<br><br>
Just wanted to share that I too have a spirited toddler on my hands...one more reason to find somenoe who respects AP and understands what spirited is.
 

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i would think therapists are people who would be more likely than your average to support ap- sorry you had such a bad experience. i would encourage you to get on the phone and interview 'em. ask if they work with kids, what their background in child development is, ask them straight up about their child rearing values. i have been to tons of therapists <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: and they have all been quite ap friendly- you'll find one.
 

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I know this is an old post. But I'm looking for a therapist to do some work on myself. Any referrals would be appreciated. We live on the Peninsula.
 

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Karen Otte. She's a psychologist & an AP mama. I am a psychologist, too, though not practicing anymore. I did my post-doc with her and she's very talented, smart and her patients found her very helpful. If she's full, tell her what you're looking for and she'll be able to refer you to someone who should match your criteria.<br><br>
550 Hamilton, Menlo Park, 650-562-1100
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Karen Otte. She's a psychologist & an AP mama. I am a psychologist, too, though not practicing anymore. I did my post-doc with her and she's very talented, smart and her patients found her very helpful. If she's full, tell her what you're looking for and she'll be able to refer you to someone who should match your criteria.<br><br>
550 Hamilton, Menlo Park, 650-562-1100</div>
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Thank you, thank you. I'll give her a call tomorrow. I live in Menlo Park, so its perfect. I hope she's open to new patients.
 

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there are many recommendations for therapists on berkeley parents network, though mostly in the east bay. i have a berkeley recommendation if it's any use to anyone.
 

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One of my bf's raves about her therapist. She's located in San Rafael and is totally on board with AP parenting and so much more along the crunchy spectrum. I keep meaning to set something up for myself, but I digress...<br><br>
Anyway, here's her info:<br><br>
Silvana de Jonghe<br>
707-824-9032<br>
705 4th St, Ste 200<br>
San Rafael, CA 94901<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Eleanor intrator is in campbell and she is really great! Very supportive of AP. She has older girls so she is not always up to date on current AP stuff, but always supportive. She is actually the one that first referred me to LLL and also suggested I have a duala at dd;'s birth which is advice I wish i would have followed haha.<br><br>
408 - 559 - 6974<br><br>
Tell her Tamar referred you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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mary bradford in berkeley is really amazing
 
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