That feeling you get when you realize that maybe you’re not cut out for this parenting thing--that maybe your child needs someone better suited to the job?
That feeling is the worst. It brings up the associated feelings of inadequacy, guilt, failure and despair. If you find yourself in one of these moments, know that you are not the only one that’s going through this. You are not alone.
Parenting is no easy task, no matter how everyone else makes it look at Kindergarten pickup. We’re all struggling with something, but when that burden becomes too great to bear, the right thing for both you and your child may be bringing in some outside help.
If you live in Southern Florida, you’re in luck as there are some compassionate, experienced women offering both coaching and mental health services to specifically help you become the best parent you can be. Here are Miami’s top five parenting coaches of tomorrow.
Lina Acosta Sandaal
Lina Acosta Sandaal is a Miami-based parenting coach and mother who helps her clients find their authentic selves and apply their findings to how they live their lives — especially in the context of familial relationships. She has a background in child development and trauma, and works with entire families rather than parents only.
Sandaal has built an entire practice around her passion for helping parents called Stop Parenting Alone. There she and her team of five therapists work to compassionately guide parents to the best version of themselves.
Based out of Margate, Florida — about an hour north of Miami — Martha Lerner wears many hats as a mom and small business owner. She is a doula, a photographer, and a parenting coach.
Her coaching services through zenmamalove are meant to provide you with skills that will not only help you as a parent, but as a patient, communicative, present human being.
In nearby Hialeah, Florida, Coach Arthur of NieCat Life Coaching encourages her clients — who are largely parents and teens — towards self-improvement and self-acceptance through support, empowerment and motivational tools.
Parents are not one-dimensional beings, and Coach Arthur recognizes that. Her coaching approach can help you through not only hard parenting situations, but also anything else that may be happening in your life, like career challenges or existential crises.
Coaching can delve into some pretty deep issues. If you feel more comfortable going through that process with someone who has a strong background in mental health, you may want to look to Rosa Barroso.
Barroso is both a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a parenting coach. She started her own practice, which now employs six clinicians across southern Florida. The group’s coaching services include help for co-parenting. The practice also offers group parenting classes.
Leslee Gillette, who practices with Lotus Counseling in Miami, is another LMHC who helps parents going through a rough period. Her background doesn’t only include parenting; she has worked with those who have experienced trauma, including children, giving her added insight into the particularly hard and complex parenting issues which arise out of traumatic experiences. She has worked with all types of family structures, giving her the experience necessary to guide families through difficult transitions such as divorce.