Child psychologist, Dr. Nancy H. Sedlack, is now available as an on-site parenting consultant at Stamford Pediatrics.
Personal Statement: 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 attended Cornell University where I earned a Ph.D. in Human Development. Additional training in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology was followed by 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 memore about parenting as I learned in all my years of training.
Professional Statement: 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.