Now providing services in our offices located in Bonita Springs and Fort Myers

3575 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, Florida, 34134 • 13130 Westlinks Terrace Unit 8, Fort Myers, Florida, 33913 • (239) 495-7722 • (239) 443-4577 Fax


Sunshine State Counseling Center offers parenting classes as well as parenting support through individual and family sessions. Our goal is to assist parents in improving communication, building positive relationships as well as practical solutions and useful parenting skills.

Parenting Children:

One of the parenting modalities we utilize is 1-2-3 Magic by Dr. Thomas Phelan,

Ph.D. 1-2-3 Magic is an evidence-based, easy-to-learn, and effective parenting program for parents. Our goal is to help parents raise well-behaved, happy, competent kids and put the fun back into parenting! The 1-2-3 Magic S

ystem is utilized with children as early as 18 months through 12 years. 1-2-3 Magic allows parents to be in charge without arguing, yelling, or spanking. You will learn how silence speaks louder than words as this program offers simple, friendly, effective child discipline.

Parenting Adolescents:

One of the most effective parenting strategies with teenagers is to focus on the relationship. Teenagers who are well grounded in their families will respond well to parents’ efforts to stay connected and continue to build their relationship. Parents who have bonded adequately with their children at each earlier stage will feel invested enough in their teenagers to stay connected, even if a lot of effort is required. Through parenting, family sessions and or individual sessions, parents can learn effective strategies to improving the relationship with their teenagers.


Some Common Challenges Parents Face Are:

  • Defiant behaviors
  • Resistance during academic tasks
  • Frequent tantrums
  • Excessive electronic use
  • Unmanageable sibling rivalry
  • Trouble with toilet training
  • Aggressive and violent behaviors
  • Ineffective discipline
  • Complaining and whining
  • School refusal
  • Poor eating habits
  • Breaking the law
  • Not following directions
  • Lack of communication with parents