Parenting can be one of the most rewarding and challenging life decisions we make. Raising children offers a constant stream of joy, surprise, and worry, and this certainly doesn’t end once a child enters adolescence or even adulthood. It can be particularly painful to see your child struggle with mental health or behavioral difficulties, no matter what age that child may be. I believe that offering interventions specifically to parents can be one of the most productive ways to help a child during their times of need.
Parent Guidance is a form of education, support, and coaching specifically tailored to a child’s individual needs and delivered through individual meetings with myself. While similar to family therapy in some ways, Parent Guidance can offer parents a supportive and directive venue specific to the challenges of parenting. In addition to cultivating a better understanding of the child’s symptoms and behavior, Parent Guidance can include: active and directive problem solving; creation of detailed interventions, behavior plans, and contracts; coaching around implementations of changes, and creation of necessary treatment plans for the child. If you are the parent of a child, adolescent, or adult who struggles with any of the following, Parent Guidance may be a valuable resource:
▪ Self-Injurious Behavior
▪ School Refusal
▪ Behavior Problems
▪ “Failure to Launch”