Child Parent Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy for Teen Problems, Parenting Support & Family Counseling
– Does your child seem to be struggling & are they more irritable, angry, anxious or sad?
– Are they having trouble at school, home, with peers or just seem to be acting differently?
– Are you feeling unsure what is going on & how to help?
– Are you tired of power struggles, arguments & just not sure what to do?
– Are you co-parenting with an ex & unsure how to get on the same page about parenting?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, we want to help you, your child & your family get along & have more peace.
30 Years Specializing in Child Parent Psychotherapy & Family Counseling, Including:
- Family therapy & relationship counseling to help with different types of relationship issues
- Parenting support for single parents, couples & co-parenting as exs to help with effective communication & conflict to co-parent more peacefully
- LGBTQ therapist with specialty in sexual orientation counseling, coming out & the needs of LGBT kids & families, including parents struggling with their child’s coming out
- Child parent psychotherapy to help with behavior problems.
- Substance use & misuse & addictions in teens
- Family counseling to help with relationship issues, behavior problems & more effective communication to help everyone understand & enjoy each other more
Contributing Expert to News & Observer’s Mom 2 Mom
How We can Help with Child Parent Psychotherapy
Growing up can be difficult for kids, especially for teenagers and parents. Adolescence is a time when kids are starting to figure out who they are and who they want to be. However, they are doing this with a great deal of pressure, input and stimuli. Kids get input from school, peers, family, parents, the community and the many forms of media and social media they are exposed to. With this amount of informational overload it’s no wonder that is can sometimes be difficult for kids to figure out who they are and what to accept and what to reject. This is the “normal” environment and condition of growing up. But imagine if there are also other circumstances added to this juggling act? So, whether a kid is dealing with family issues, such as divorce, an absentee or substance abusing parent, or other family struggles, learning disabilities or other academic challenges, or sexual or gender identity questions, are just a few of the additional challenges that kids can face, as they navigate adolescence.
Kids can sometimes stumble or they may appear to completely fall. When kids struggle through this process, you will see such issues as problems with school or grades, they may isolate, they may lose or gain weight or show other signs of depression, they may be argumentative or aggressive, they may be showing signs of substance use or misuse or other addictions, their behavior may get them involved with the legal system or they may show symptoms of anxiety or poor self esteem. Seeing these things in your child can be daunting and confusing. And kids are not often great at articulating what they are feeling (the parts of their brains responsible for these abilities are still developing) or comfortable or willing to be open about what they are experiencing. So, what’s a parent to do?
The job of parents is to give their kids the foundation for those kids to build on. As kids get older, parents have to trust that foundation and shift from doing much of the heavy lifting, providing the tools and helping their child build that structure, to being the support system as their child attempts to find the right tools and bricks to forge ahead. Figuring out how much to lean in and how much to lean out, can be difficult to determine, especially if your child is struggling. As a caring parent, it’s hard to watch your child struggle or fail, but how do you know what to do? And there are certainly no end to the input parents get also, from social media and well-intentioned family and friends.
We are here to help you, your family and your child. We offer child parent psychotherapy, as well as family therapy, to help kids, parents and families figure out what is working and is not working, to improve the lives of everyone in the family. With over 30 years of experience, we can work directly with kids to help them sort out and address what is going on for them, and help them progress in their development. For parents we can help you better understand the needs of your child and be the parent you want and need to be to your child. We get that just as growing up is challenging to the young person, so is being a parent through that process. Parenting can bring up many unresolved childhood and relationship issues for parents, and we are here to help parents make sense of this and address the things that may be in the way of being the parent you can be. We also work with family members together, helping them communicate, hear and care for each other, so that family life and relationships can be improved. This includes adult family members and siblings.
Please call us to start getting help for you and your family today.