About Emily

“The only assumptions I make about the families I work with are these: 1. We all love and want the very best for our children. And 2.  We are all experts on our own children–even if it doesn’t always feel that way.” –Emily Rittenberg, M.Ed., NCC



Emily works with families privately or in small groups to help them decode and understand their children’s behaviors so that they can have a happier and more fulfilling home life. Combining the latest scientific research with the age old practices of mindfulness, she teaches parents new skills so that they can approach all different types of situations with knowledge and ease.  She can help with a variety of issues including: setting and maintaining  boundaries; developing and sticking to routines; typical young child issues of sleeping, tolieting, eating, tantrums, and transitions; dealing with “big” emotions; school avoidance; discipline; anxiety; screen time issues; building a relationship with a step-child; nurturing intrinsic motivation; identifying “code red” behaviors, and so much more.  She also offers classes.

Emily also writes a bi-weekly blog on a variety of parenting issues and is a mom to two beautiful little boys.

Emily was a School Counselor in middle and high-schools for over 5 years before leaving the schools to work directly with parents.  Emily graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a concentration in Psychology.  Afterwards she pursued a Master’s degree in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland and shortly thereafter, a Master’s degree in Counseling from Loyola College of Maryland (focus: Schools). She is a NYS Permanently Certified Professional School Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and has received additional training in mindfulness, mindfulness in education, conscious parenting, and motivation.   

Emily serves on the Board of Directors of the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center.  Read more about her here: https://jewishrochester.org/aboutus/federation-faces/federation-faces-emily-rittenberg

Emily was also featured on NPR Evan Dawson’s Connections on 1/23/18 to talk about the Effects of Spanking on Children.  Podcast can be found here: http://wxxinews.org/post/connections-effects-spanking-and-corporal-punishment-children

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