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Psychotherapy with children and adolescents is a collaborative process with parents and caregivers that typically includes regularly scheduled consultations with parents that allow for discussion of their concerns about their child and parenting.
When parents feel supported, the whole family benefits. As a parent it can be difficult to know how to respond to behaviors or how to handle tough parenting situations. It can be helpful to have a place where parents can go to process struggles, learn parenting tools, and come up with a plan for how to respond to their children.
Parenting support is offered just for parents, or in conjunction with Child Therapy.
I provide ongoing consultations every four or five sessions, without the child being present. The purpose of the ongoing consultations is to maintain and foster a strong therapist-parent alliance, allow the parents and therapist to collaboratively assess the progress toward goals, and further educate parents about child development and parenting skills.
Most parents are eager to learn new approaches to discipline and highly value the skills of limits setting and choice giving. In addition, teaching the skills of responding to the child’s feelings and returning responsibility to the child has been found to reduce parental stress and create a more positive environment at home. That outcome can influence the entire family system.
During parent support sessions, I offer perspective, tools, support and feedback. These sessions can positively change the structure and dynamic of the family, which leads to healthy, responsible, emotionally intelligent children and peaceful households.
Parenting support is an essential part of your child's healing journey, one so important that I have ensured that your first consultation is free.