Update - July 2021
Happy Nest Therapy is now accepting patients with sessions beginning September 1, 2021. All sessions will be provided via telehealth until further notice. Sessions are available for couples, adults, and adolescents.
Helping Families with Young Children
Build a life you love
In the last 50 years, parenthood has dramatically changed. Research on development, attachment, habit building, skill development, and neuroscience all impact parenting and the responsibility of raising confident, healthy, balanced, resilient children.
Parents today spend more time caring for their children , maintain higher expectations in their marriages/partnerships , and report fewer social supports. Modern parents also struggle with the opportunity to access to so much knowledge and resources, while feeling unable to process and understand it all.
You’ve read the books, sought out advice, tried working with your partner, put in the time and effort to figure out how to raise your children, but you’re stuck. What worked yesterday, doesn’t work today. Or maybe it works, but you want more. And you’re looking for support on how to use your parenting knowledge consistently to elicit cooperation, calm, and connection.
Let me help.
My name is Shanna Donhauser and I am an infant and early childhood mental health specialist. Welcome to my practice. I work with families struggling just like you. Parents and young children struggling with:
Adjusting to transitions (starting school, moving, childcare changes, new siblings, grief, etc.)
Behavioral issues at home, school, or both
Disturbing or troubling play
Encopresis/enuresis and toilet training
Managing stress and anxiety
My work with families looks, clinically, different than what you might expect. Because I work with such young children, I often recommend that parents attend sessions with their young children. Sometimes, parents meet with me individually to work through their histories and experiences of parenting. And sometimes, my recommendation is for couples therapy, mainly when both parents need support communicating and connecting.
My clinical training is deeply grounded in attachment theory or the evolutionary theory that explains why humans develop deep, meaningful relationships with each other, beginning in infancy. Humans are born incredibly vulnerable. To survive, humans develop social strategies to ensure protection, health, and prosperity. These social strategies include "attachment" or an exclusive, intense relationship with a primary caregiver(s). We form attachments to the people we depend on, our parents or those who raised us, and then, later in our lives, to our chosen partners.
As part of my assessment process, I will spend time with you and your family to understand how your attachment strategies function in your relationship. When we understand why we behave in certain ways, we can begin to influence how to change, with the goal of increasing overall integration and connection.
My goal is to help you, the parent, understand the interventions you use and the ways you connect with your child and with your partner so that you can make changes that positively impact your relationships.
Reach out today to find out more about counseling and how it can help you and your family.