Therapy for
Parents

Being a parent is one of the hardest things you will ever do.

I know because I am a parent too. As both a psychotherapist and a parent, I understand that children do not come with an instruction manual. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to parenting because each child is unique with his/her own inherent traits, personality, and temperament.

Parenting is a humbling journey. There is no journey as emotionally and physically exhausting, rewarding, consuming, fulfilling, infuriating, enlightening, overwhelming, satisfying and ultimately gratifying. Our children can trigger us in ways like no one else can. Yet, our love and dedication to their health and happiness keep us in check. We strive to be the best parent we can be. We read countless books, talk to other parents or our own parents, seek spiritual guidance from a religious leader, or endlessly surf the internet.

In spite of our tireless efforts, our children present challenges to us that we cannot answer, do not know how to answer, or leave us completely speechless.

Our relationship with them begins to suffer. They stop talking to us or they start screaming at us. We suddenly find ourselves feeling completely helpless without the slightest clue of what to do. As a result, we may try to “fix” the problem by doing what we know how to do.

With the best intentions, we talk more, yell more, control more, ignore more, hope more, pray more, or try to understand more. Yet, nothing seems to change except the level of worry, frustration, and concern.

Sometimes there is an obvious problem. Your child may cry all the time at home or away from home, may have lost or gained a significant amount of weight (without medical reason), may be consistently defiant at home or school. Sometimes the problem is not so obvious, but something just feels “off”, or you notice your child is “just acting different”. This can happen at ANY age.

Whether your child is in elementary school, middle school, high school, or is a young adult, I offer parenting consultations within a warm, supportive, and non-judgmental environment. Our goal will be to identify the core problem, create a plan of action, and repair your parent-child relationship. My holistic approach blends western psychological theories of child development and eastern philosophy of conscious parenting and awareness.

What’s the difference between a parent consultation and therapy?

Parenting consultations are NOT family or individual therapy. Rather, parenting consultations are meetings to discuss the current issues, identify problems, set an intention, and then, determine a plan of action. Action plans are designed to educate and empower you to understand the problem, meet the needs of your child and family, create steps toward a solution, restore your child’s physical and mental health, and ultimately repair your relationship with your child and your Self. Consultations are solution focused and short-term. Depending on the issues and complexity, we may meet one time, or we may need to meet a few times to determine the action plan that meets you and your child’s needs.

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