Connecting With Your Child
A Common Challenge...
A common challenge among parents is knowing how to respond when established boundaries and expectations are frequently crossed or ignored. It can be incredibly difficult to know how to effectively parent while preserving the love and trust of your child. This can be exceptionally challenging for individuals whose own parents did not demonstrate healthy parenting.
Thankfully, research shows that effective parenting results in improved child behavior as well as their social and coping skills. This can actually strengthen your child's love and trust in you. In our work, we will help you move beyond entrenched patterns of conflict so you can get back to enjoying your role as a parent.
Some Areas in Which I Help Parents
While characteristics such as tenacity and critical thinking can be positive attributes, these same qualities can manifest as stubbornness and outright defiance in an inflexible child. This can be very difficult on both the parents as well as the child. Together we will explore what different variables may be contributing to these frustrating patterns of conflict. From there, we discover more effective ways to respond to and eventually prevent chronically challenging situations.
More than ever before, children are challenged to meet ever increasing social-, academic- and technology-related demands. As a result, rates of anxiety and depression among youth are at concerning levels. Children feeling overwhelmed are often overly rigid, emotionally reactive, and argumentative. While therapy for an anxious child can be helpful, the strongest predictor for healthy emotional adjustment in a child are the strategies and supports parents implement at home. I help parents learn how to effectively model and nurture healthy coping and communication skills to better prepare their children for life's challenges ahead.
Adolescence marks a time few adults would want to relive. Outside pressures including social, academic, and outside responsibilities can feel in direct conflict with the internal experience of fluctuations in hormones, developing sense of self, and the pull for independence. These external and internal pressures often result in emotional reactivity, physical withdrawal, and increased conflict at home. During this time, it is common for parents to find themselves tip-toeing around emotional landmines as they try to maintain loving but firm boundaries. I help parents learn different strategies on how to nurture responsible independence in their child. Using a relationally strength-based model, parents find conflicts are reduced, their teen becomes more communicative and parents feel their child is becoming a more capable young-adult.
What to Expect During Your First Appointment
During our initial 60-minute appointment we will explore areas of difficulty you are experiencing with your child and concerns you may have for him/her outside the home. As part of this process, we can develop a better understanding of how these difficulties and concerns may be affecting your own sense of personal well-being. Once we have an initial impression of some of the challenges you are facing, we can begin to piece together a more hopeful vision you have for your child's future, ultimately informing what our best steps forward will be.
It is helpful if you come prepared to talk in specifics around current challenges, ways you have tried to address those challenges in the past and to what extent you feel those efforts were or were not helpful. While it is ideal for both parents to be participate during sessions, we can explore alternate ways he/she could be involved should that be of interest to you. My intention is that by the end of your first appointment you will be better prepared to address some of the challenges you are experiencing while feeling a sense of renewed hope for the future for both you and your child.
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