Meet Janet

 Me and Freddie in the Saco River, Fryeburg, Me


Hello! I’m Janet


Professional Background


I am a psychologist and therapist practicing in Exton (Chester County), Pennsylvania and have thirty years of experience providing evaluation, counseling, and coaching services to children, preteens, teenagers, young adults, and parents.


In addition to my clinical work, I often run training workshops, speak in the community, and consult to schools and mental health agencies. I’ve conducted professional workshops and educational programs for psychiatrists, psychologists, school counselors, social workers, therapists, probation officers, caseworkers, school administrators, teachers, parents, and foster parents all around the United States and Canada as well as in Mexico, Russia, Croatia, and Germany.


I also love writing and have written six books on such topics as parenting teens, counseling teens, raising boys who don’t like to play sports, and sport psychology. They include the popular parenting paperback, Stop Negotiating with Your Teen: Strategies for Parenting Your Angry, Manipulative, Moody, or Depressed Adolescent, and a critically acclaimed book for mental health professionals entitled, Adolescent Therapy That Works: Helping Kids Who Never Asked for Help in the First Place. 


My most recent book— called a “MUST READ” by Parent magazine—is The Last Boys Picked: Helping Boys Who Don’t Play Sports Survive Bullying and Boyhood. This book addresses the challenges that boys who aren’t particularly aggressive or who prefer activities other than “traditional” male activities face in our sports-crazed culture with its rigid ideas about what boys are “supposed” to be like.


Please see Books & Articles section for book summaries, ordering information, and reviews by Parents magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, among others.

On a more personal note:

I’m a single mom of three boys, all in their twenties. I really do understand the challenges of parenting kids and young adults today, and believe it’s important for us to be informed about the social culture in which we’re raising our children and to find ways to remain both credible and relevant.

I am crazy about all dogs but especially bullmastiffs and pitbulls.

I love horses and have ridden since I was eleven years old. As a teenager and adult, I’ve competed in the equitation and hunter/jumper divisions at nearly every major east coast horse show (For a complete riding biography and history, please visit


Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Hahnemann University, Philadelphia

Master of Public Health, University of Oklahoma

Bachelor of Science, Union College, Schenectady, NY

Individual Therapy

Say good bye to awkward encounters in uninspiring spaces with gobs of paperwork. Come have a conversation with me that will be engaging, personal, practical, relevant to the matter at hand and, most important, productive.

Parent Consultation

A lot of parenting advice is unoriginal, trite, and outdated. Some of it is just bad. Our kids are clever and sharp-witted and have different needs from those of just a decade ago. Contact me for practical guidance that is in step with the times.


My workshops for professionals are interactive, full of case examples, and focused on helping therapists avoid the pitfalls of trying too hard to get teens talking or becoming too careful about saying the “wrong” things.


What would you like to have a conversation about? Improving parent - teen relationships / Why your teen won’t talk to you / Raising kids with emotional intelligence / Boys who don’t play sports / Kids and stress / Maybe something else?

“…your ideas about working with teens are the clearest I've ever heard..the one's I've most appreciated.”

Michael Kerman, MSW

Contact Me

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(610) 363-1144

412 Newcomen Road, Exton, PA 19341


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