Hi, I'm

 Sheryl Gonzalez


Creating Community Around Mental Health

Let's create a legacy of effective parenting.

"She really gets it.

Her book is a great tool women can use to build a more sustainable life for themselves and their families."

- Amazon Customer on the Mommy Burnout™ Book

"It was such a lovely time

to watch the videos in a safe environment where the girls felt comfortable asking questions, and the mothers shared their experiences."

- Heather on the Start With The Talk Online Course

"She takes research and makes it so easy

to implement and is a forgiving voice. That we don’t have to have it all perfect but at the same time, science does tell us things that are important to understand and consider."

- Andy Seth, CEO of Flow

"Dr. Sheryl Ziegler has the best insight!

 I love hearing her perspective and guidance. I need it and it's always right on point! "

- Mmk3212 (Apple Podcasts) on Dr. Sheryl's PodCouch

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:

GOOD AND READY - coming out soon!

What every parent urgently needs to know about modern puberty, middle childhood and mental health.

Online Course

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.

How well do you know your tween daughter?
Take Dr. Sheryl's quick quiz here:


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

Goal Setting Over the past few weeks more and more people that I work with are sharing that they are ready for 2021 to be over yet they are dreading that 2022 will bring more pandemic uncertainty. With so much feeling out of our control, I think this year, maybe more than ever, is a

Impactful Ways To Practice Gratitude This Holiday Season This holiday season is a great time to teach children how to be thankful. There are simple, daily practices that you can show and share in your home that can model for your children traits of gratitude, empathy and kindness. The research shows that children who are

How Do I Help My Perfectionist Child? Over the past month there are two age categories of kids that I have been seeing that are on stress overload…eighth and twelfth graders! Some 8th graders are applying to schools of choice. That may be public schools of choice out of their district, charter schools, performing arts

How To Teach Kids To Learn To Listen If I had to share one of the most common questions that I get about parenting it is, “How do I get my kids to listen?” That is followed by struggles around creating consequences outside of taking screen time away. This week I was inspired by reviewing

What is FOMO? Over the past week many parents have been paying attention to the testimony on Capitol Hill that accuses Facebook and Instagram leaders of knowing that their social media platforms were detrimental to the mental health and wellbeing of children and teens but concealed their own research findings. This is something that for

The last time I wrote a session note for this blog/newsletter was in May so I am happy to be back and sharing with you what I am seeing on my private practice couch so that we can all learn together. This month I am seeing lots of teens under pressure! Whether it’s because of

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

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