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Lake Martin Family Therapy to host parenting support group

Published 2:16pm Thursday, July 12, 2012

Lake Martin Family Therapy, LLC, has started a Parenting Education and Support Group this month for parents who are raising children in the 21st century.

“The group came about initially as an idea because of DHR telling us that they needed some classes in town for consumers to help support their parenting,” said owner and licensed therapist Karen Lewis. “(During the group) our intent is to inform, educate and support, as well as prevent any type of abuse by helping give parents options, mobilize situations and give them coping skills.”

Lewis said the group discusses a variety of topics as well as has open discussion amongst other parents.

“We talk about a lot of different things – terrible twos, dating violence, how technology is impacting our children,” Lewis said. “We also offer a parenting class for parents who are divorcing to help them co-parent in a positive way so that the child suffers the least amount of trauma possible.”

Lewis said parents are encouraged to attend for support and education on issues of concern or to feel like they are a part of a group who shares the same concerns and value others’ opinions.

The support group will be held on Mondays through July 30 from noon to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays through July 25 from 5-6 p.m.

“We’d loved to talk to them about joining the group and work with them to meet their needs,” Lewis said. “We’d also meet them on an individual basis.

“I’ve been a parent of four boys. They are all grown now, but I certainly know the struggles we all have at each stage our child goes through. I know it is very helpful to know you’re not alone in your parenting.”

For those who wish to participate or would like more information about Lake Martin Family Therapy and their Parenting Education and Support group, call their office at 256-329-3002 or visit

Lake Martin Family Therapy is located at 393 Green Street.