They say that it takes a village to raise a child, however in today’s society, villages are few and it is common to have to look after your child without the support of others. This is a core belief behind parenting therapy. It acts as an objective support system that helps relieve some of the burden of taking care of your child alone and it helps establish a healthy relationship and bond between you and your child/children.
Today’s society has exceptionally high expectations for parents. Between the numerous books being released weekly on the new best theory on how to raise a child or the moms and dads on social media and blogs who are able to do it all, it’s impossible to feel adequate when parenting your own child. Parenting therapy is here to help you manage these expectations and the overwhelming sense of inadequacy and stress that can develop when you have a child.
In therapy, you will work with the therapist to create strategies tailored to yourself and your child specifically, as every parent and child is an individual and each relationship has its own personal challenges. Therapy will remind you that your child, despite being a product of yourself, has their own personality, and as a result, parent-child conflict, to a degree, is normal. How to deal with this conflict will be addressed in therapy. The therapeutic space and process isn’t a place of judgement or critique of your parenting style. It’s safe to share your fears of conflict and failure, feelings of hopelessness, stress, anxiety, irritability, and other feelings and fears that can plague the relationship between you and your loved ones.
Issues discussed in parenting:
- Dealing with mental illness/ mental illness diagnosis
- Adopting a foster child
- Helping your child overcome hardships faced at school, handle relocation from school or home
- Dealing with addiction, that of a family member, or your own
- Dealing with chronic stress or worry, anxiety, irritability, mood swings, depression, anger (that you feel you can’t control) that have been caused or heightened by parenting
- Managing menopause and parenting
- Managing the feeling of empty nest (when your child/ children leave home)
- Dealing with a child with a developmental, physical, or learning disability
- Learning how to transition to parenting adult children
- Learning to balance work and parenting
- Dealing with family trauma/ abuse