Dr. Jack Stoltzfus’ Mission
Dr. Stoltzfus’ mission is to provide information, education, guidance and resources to parents of young adults who are struggling to launch or let go while maintaining a positive, caring relationship with their young adult. More today than ever before parents of young adults are trying to determine the best approach to aiding their young adults in their challenges of identity, independence, and intimacy without either contributing to their dependency or their alienation.
Over Thirty-five Years of Experience with Helping Young Adults Leave the Nest
For more than thirty-five years, Dr. Stoltzfus has worked with parents and their young adult children within the context of a chemical dependency treatment program, an inpatient mental health facility, a Child Guidance Clinic, a youth service agency, and a private practice. Originally Dr. Stoltzfus was trained as a marriage and family therapist working with parents and their adolescent children. Now his practice is focused on parents of emerging adults — millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) and the next generation of soon-to-be young adults (born after 2000). He will work with these families, the parents or the young adult depending on what constitutes the best approach and the receptivity of the parties.
Navigating the Challenging Path of Letting Go
In his practice, he has found that many of today’s parents of young adults find that navigating the letting-go process is more complicated and challenging than their own launch into independence. Dr. Stoltzfus created this website to provide support, resources, helpful guidance, and a forum for parents to exchange ideas on how to effectively let go.
Get to Know Dr. Jack Stoltzfus
Dr. Jack Stoltzfus is a Licensed Psychologist, practicing in Shoreview, Minnesota. He has two masters degrees and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980. His research and dissertation focused on defining and measuring healthy emotional separation of adolescents from their parents. Also, within this study, Dr. Stoltzfus identified behaviors of parents of normal adolescents that most contributed to this healthy separation process. He has been a certified marriage and family therapist and a licensed chemical dependency counselor. He is a member of the American Psychology Association and is recognized as one of America’s Top Doctors.
He has been married for more than forty years and has three grown and married young-adult children from the late-millennial and early-GenX generations. He and his wife also have seven grandchildren which adds another dimension to the relationship with the adult children.
What Others Say Dr. Jack Stoltzfus
“For any parent who feels as though the old rules don’t apply- they don’t! Jack offers a refreshing new roadmap in how to engage in healthy conversations and parenting tips that will enhance your relationships and restore your faith in yourself and your young adults.
Jack’s passion for deepening healthy parent/child relationships with millennials engages parents with research and exercises that are simple, fun, insightful and collaborative.”
-Nancy Herbst, M.Ed., Spiritual Director
“Jack Stoltzfus, Ph.D., combines his depth of clinical training with a lifelong passion to help parents and their young adult children get it right. In this time when our kids seem so different than we were, and we want to do it differently than our parents did, Dr. Stoltzfus masterfully offers ‘on-the-nose’ insights to deepen understanding, and practical, easy to use tools to ensure we skillfully help launch our young adults, while maintaining that base of unconditional love. No easy task and he does it beautifully!”
-Katherine M. Curran, Ph.D., coach and leadership consultant
Read more review of Dr. Stoltzfus on his Wellness.com profile.
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