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 Sheryl Gonzalez


Creating Community Around Mental Health

Let's create a legacy of effective parenting.

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Welcome! I am so glad you're here.

I believe that to positively impact the mental health & growth of children, you have to work with their parents to fully engage. For some therapists this is a challenge—but for me it is my passion.

My purpose is to build a community of parents working towards the advancement of our children's, our family's, and our own mental health.

I hope you join me on this journey!

- Dr. Sheryl Ziegler

Dr. Sheryl Ziegler is the best-selling author of Mommy Burnout™, the podcast host of Dr. Sheryl's PodCouch, a regular national and local news contributor and runs a private group practice in Denver, CO. She is also a national and international presenter on topics related to stress, parenting, mental health and burnout as well as a TedX speaker.


Mommy Burnout is the award-winning ultimate must-read handbook for the modern mother.

A practical, and positive tool to help free women from the debilitating notion of being the “perfect mom,” filled with funny and all too relatable true-life stories and realistic suggestions to stop the burnout cycle, and protect our kids from the damage burnout can cause.

Take Dr. Sheryl's quiz to see if you may be suffering through Mommy Burnout:

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Start With The Talk®️ is a one-of-a-kind course for parents and their preteen daughters navigating the social, emotional, and physical changes of puberty.

Developed from her 20+ years of working with families in her private practice, Dr. Sheryl Ziegler has taught Start With The Talk since 2013 to thousands of parents and their preteens, as well as in schools & organizations. It is now available in an online form for convenient & flexible access.

It’s the guide to all you need to know, and all the answers you need to hear.

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Dr. Sheryl's PodCouch - Conversations intended to reduce stress, depression, anxiety and prevent burnout.

Dr. Sheryl believes that in order to truly address today's mental health crisis, we need to create community and solutions around all aspects of our lives that affect anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

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Over the past month it has become clear to me in my practice that people are experiencing different forms of fatigue. Social, emotional, and physical exhaustion which has been chronic this past year all amount to mental fatigue. I see this in children, teens and adults. Not too many people can escape it. So, today

As the past two weeks have unfolded our country has endured two mass shootings. In the latest shooting in Boulder, Colorado, there were children and parents simply grocery shopping in the middle of the day. Just doing what we all do on a weekly basis. Doing the one thing we can still do while in

Ideas & Interventions That Work It has been a while since I have written. I have been very busy treating kids and teens, working with families and speaking to groups all over the world. When I thought to write I would feel a sense of overwhelm as I questioned where I would even begin. This

Kindness Counts Last week I was being interviewed by the great Eve Rodsky on pandemic parenting. Toward the end of our conversation Eve asked, “To you, what is the opposite of fear?” I thought about it for a second and then just said what came to mind which was “taking action.” When we are in fear, it

The Elephant In The Room I often hear parents struggle with how to explain what is happening with their child to grandparents, neighbors, teachers and friends. October is ADHD awareness month so this month I decided I would discuss a different angle of ADHD- explaining it to others. I also had the pleasure to interview

It Starts With Community The last month has been filled with reminders to vote, the grief around of the passing of Justice Ginsberg, activism around racial injustice, the ongoing pandemic, wildfires and of course the impending presidential election. Some people believe this upcoming election is one of the most important in history. I have been

Anxiety It seems that the psychological term anxiety is a state of being that many people are realizing affects them in different ways. Whether it’s because we are in a global pandemic, or that schools are teaching remotely or that there is civil unrest, most people are somehow affected by this leading condition in our

Are the kids going to be okay?Simply put, I get asked this question a lot and the answer is…”it depends.” Factors that affect a child’s resiliency to come out of this pandemic doing okay include their mental health before the pandemic, their social connection, access to regulated adults, amount of time they exercise and get

It may seem that having a conversation with your daughter about just about anything these days is difficult! There are the eye rolls, the “yep, I know” comments and the “you just don’t get it” remarks that make it feel impossible to communicate. However, if you have a tween daughter you may have noticed that things

What’s all the news about TikTok? Since the recent headlines have put TikTok on the hot seat, kids, more so than parents, have been asking me if I think their parents are going to take away their accounts. I have wanted to write about my concerns about this app for a while and now seems

The time is now The strife over the past month has brought about much unrest, grief, pain, confusion and turmoil as it relates to racial tensions, racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism. Teens and parents have shared their thoughts, feelings and questions with me about what they can do, how they can be helpful

Have a retro summer! If you are anything like me, you may be thinking to yourself, what in the world am I going to do with my kids this summer. I have also been asked this question quite a lot these past two weeks. People are calling this time period The Endless Summer. So, after thinking of

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