Parenting is the hardest, yet most wonderful job, when done well. Often someone will call me, asking me if I am willing to work with their child, because something has gotten out of balance or out of control. While yes, I have a great deal of experience with children, in my many years of working with families, I have seen that the best, most permanent change happens when it comes from the top down. I could do the best, most amazing therapy for one hour a week with a child, but if they go home to a family system that is exactly the same as before, even if they aren't, they will slip right back into old behaviors, thoughts and emotions. Instead, if I work with the parent first, identifying challenges, strengthening the parent and then encourage them to make changes in their own families, it is empowering and has lasting results. I believe in the parents I work with to build beautiful families.
Some Specialized Parenting Issues/Services
I have worked with parents on a wide variety of issues, from prenatal anxiety or depression, infertilitiy issues, parents of victims, parents going through divorce, and many, many more. Below I have highlighted just 3 of the issues and services that I currently offer.
Parenting Struggling Children
When your child is struggling, it is hard to focus on anything else. You might feel helpless or powerless to make any real difference. I have seen time and time again that when I am able to strengthen the parents for their role and empower them to make the changes in their homes, that the change filters down and the families are healthier together. If you are feeling overwhelmed by parenting a child who is struggling, whether from emotional or behavioral issues, or even from a medical challenge, and you need a safe place to be strengthened for your task, I am here. A group is forming on this topic now.
For many reasons, parents end up not parenting together under the same roof. However, research has shown that a successful co-parenting relationship can be a predictor of mental health and emotional stability for the children parents are raising. Co-parenting therapy can help parents work through issues that they have as related to parenting, in a safe environment that does not unnecessarily dredge up all of the old relational baggage, but focuses on the child or children and how the parents can create a loving, consistent and healthy environment for them, regardless of custody situations. This can be a great option for families before, during or after divorce. This is NOT marriage therapy, but rather is focused on creating a healthy co-parenting partnership.
Reunification therapy offers a safe environment for a parent and child, or children, who have been separated for a period of time, or have never had a relationship, to reconnect and build a healthy foundation. The purpose of this type of therapy is to offer short-term, goal-focused therapy for the parent and children to begin to build a basis for a future relationship, whatever that may look like. I have years of experience helping families through this process and have seen so many parents and children benefit from the process. Click Here to download an information sheet on Reunification Therapy.
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