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We hare excited to host our guest Dr. Nes Pinar for another Multi-Cultural Parenting Workshop. Below is the overview:

Multi-Cultural Parenting Workshop Overview

Parenting is tough, period. When you add the cultural differences between parents, or the challenges of raising children in a culture different than you grew up, parenting challenges get doubled (optimistically speaking)! However, when we are able to identify how our own (or our parents’) culture of origin is shaping our parenting practices, understand our cultural differences with our partner or with the community we live in, we create an atmosphere for understanding and compromises, which are the essential components of effective parenting practices (and relationships in general).

In this workshop, we are going to open a dialog about our own “unwritten and unspoken” rules about parenting. In a supportive environment, we are going to look at where our values come from, how they shape our parenting styles, and if they are aligned with the values we want to pass along to our children. In addition, we are going to take a look at how bicultural kids shape their identities, and how to help them along the process.

Please bring your open minds and open hearts with you!


Neslihan (Nes) Pinar, LMFT is a mental health therapist who supports individuals, couples, and families to overcome struggles of life transitions in her private practice in Lafayette. Her bicultural background broadens her insight and respect for different values and belief systems and any kind of diversity, which in turn informs her strength-based approach to therapy. Due to her experience and special interest, Nes is enthusiastic to work with people going through family of origin issues, acculturation difficulties, kids in (or have been in) foster care and adopted children, trauma history, relationship issues, career change, women going back to work after being a stay-at-home-mom, becoming a first-time parent, growing up or raising children in an “achievement culture” in privileged communities, self-esteem issues, depression and anxiety. Nes is passionate about supporting people around cross-cultural issues, specifically related to relationships and parenting. Prior to her private practice career, Nes provided years of direct counseling services at community mental health agencies in East Bay, supporting children, adolescents, and their families who are part of Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems. In addition to direct clinical services, Nes frequently facilitates Motivational Interviewing, Developmental Trauma, and Multicultural Parenting workshops. Nes is the Program Director of BAPTI (Bay Area Psychotherapy Institute), has a counseling degree from California State University of East Bay and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is originally from Turkey, has two children, and holds an engineering degree. She is fluent in English and Turkish. Nes loves reading, swimming, camping, travelling, hanging out with friends, going out for date nights with her husband, and cooking from scratch. Nes can be reached at (925) 405-6040 and Interested in learning more? Visit