Dr. Portela's office is located at:

6512 Six Forks Rd, suite 403B Raleigh NC 27615 By Appointment Only. 

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Parenting Groups

Vida Counseling offers an 8-week long relationship based parenting group designed to enrich relationships between parents and children. Our group is found on the evidence-based and internationally acclaimed Circle of Security protocol. "Decades of university-based research have confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure" (Circle of Security International). 

Parenting is one of the most challenging and important roles most of us will have in life. And our relationship with our children is not only the most important component of parenting, but what makes our parenting effective. However, creating and maintaining a close relationship with anyone are not easy tasks. And they are never ending tasks too, since life throws daily erosions, separations, and distractions. This group is for you if you want to learn how to parent your children with more peace, joy and connection. 

Participants will learn how to understand their child behavior. They will see recorded examples of real families to illustrate each concept. They will reflect on their own experiences and their upbringing and how those influence their parenting. They will provide support to each other. And finally, they will learn how to be a more connected and effective parent. 

The Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P) group meets for eight sessions. Each session runs for 1.5 hours. Dr. Portela is a registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator.