I offer sessions to parents or guardians who are struggling. The most common concerns tend to be the transitioning from child to adolescent, anger, anxiety, signs of depression such as withdrawal, inability to make friends rooted in social deficits or low self-esteem and lack of confidence. But the central issue and reason for parental support is likely to be a sense of frustration, bewilderment leading to communication breakdown. Some circumstances might include serious conflicts in the family home, sibling clashes, economic factors and separation, divorce and loss of any kind. And in the case of destructive behaviours, they can grow if they are not addressed in a way that is healthy and effective. Many times the underlying reasons for such behaviour is concealed. Adolescents especially tend to mask their problems.
In general, family conflicts are normal and in an atmosphere of openness where there is also a demonstrative caring attitude, issues are often settled. But there is a wide spectrum of causes that contain deeper issues where family fractures have become too entangled to resolve without the help of outside support. Sometimes it becomes necessary to provide parenting skills, which I do, and therapeutic mediation between a parent or guardian and child or adolescent after a period of providing therapy with the young person and meetings or coaching with the parents. I have successfully used a number of methods including Gestalt, Non-Violent Communication (NVC) and calming techniques using the breath.
If you are a parent or guardian and have reached a point where you need some professional guidance, and if you think that I what I have to offer can make a difference, send me a message or give me a call.