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Parenting Expert - Dr. Nancy

Dr. Nancy H. Sedlack

Child psychologist, Dr. Nancy H. Sedlack, is now available as an on-site parenting consultant at Village Pediatrics. My background: I was raised in upstate New York and then the Bay Area in California. After receiving a B.A. in psychology from the University of California at Davis, I returned to my early childhood hometown to study at Cornell University where I earned a Ph.D. in Human Development. Although initially interested in pursuing a career in research, I found that I preferred working directly with children and their families and so re-trained in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology before completing a 2-year Child Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Yale University’s Child Study Center. After completing my training, I opened a private psychotherapy practice serving children and their families where I worked for many years before transitioning into parenting consulting. My husband and I have been married for over 20 years; our 3 teenage children have probably taught me (us) as much about parenting as I learned in all my years of training. I love spending time with my family and our many pets, reading, working in the garden, and adventuring. As a parenting consultant, I now work with parents rather than children. I am available to meet with parents regarding a variety of issues and concerns. Common topics of discussion include:
  • Behavioral challenges (e.g., aggressive behavior, avoidance)
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Emotional difficulties (e.g., anxiety, irritability, depression)
  • Managing transitions (e.g., birth of a sibling, moving, entering a new school, death of a grandparent or pet)
  • Parent-child conflict
  • Discipline
  • Supporting children who feel “different” (e.g., deceased parent, adopted, disabled)
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Toileting issues
  • Parenting quirky kids
  • Ways to discuss difficult topics (e.g., sexuality, illness, death)
It is important to understand that parenting consulting is not psychotherapy. As a parenting consultant, I work with parents to develop strategies to address their parenting concerns. I do not see children (except on rare occasion). Parenting consulting may address child development questions, concerns regarding developmental challenges, or specific social-emotional, cognitive or behavioral issues of a child, but these issues are addressed via the parent rather than through my direct intervention with the child. In contrast, psychotherapy focuses on the identification, diagnosis and treatment of mental and nervous disorders, and the clinical work is done with the child, as well as the parents. I find it enormously satisfying to help parents puzzle through a problem and find a way to address their concerns that respects the individual needs of all members of the family. It is a privilege and pleasure to be able to work with parents over the years. I look forward to getting to know your families and watching them grow! Click here for a list of recommended parenting books While insurance does not cover the cost of parenting consults, you may be able to use flex spending dollars for pay for the service. The cost is $150 per hour, payable by cash, check or credit card, and is due at time of service. We also ask for 24 hour notice for cancellations. Please complete Nancy's New Patient forms PRIOR to your first visit