· Does your son sometimes embarrass you in public?
· Are you feeling so overwhelmed that you don't like the parent that you’ve become? Do you feeling like you have to resort to screaming to get your son to behave and is even that losing its effect?
· Do you feel like you keep having the the same problems and arguments repeating over and over again with your son?
· Are you burnt out on parenting?
Parenting is tough. You know that. You relationship to your children can be sideswiped by big life transitions, trauma, conflict, and overwhelming expectations; it can take a huge toll on everyone’s mental health and wellbeing. It’s easy to lose sight of the joy of raising a child. If you find yourself having the same arguments over and over again…you may be wondering what’s wrong with me, my kids, my family? I work with families from an approach that none of you are the problem. The problem is unhelpful patterns/power struggles that you’re stuck in. These patterns may have come to take on a life of their own and now the Power Monster has a place at the dinner table, on vacations, and is part of every minute of every day. Family relationships are rich and complex and parents, children, siblings and spouses all play a role in how the family system functions on a day to day basis. I have worked with family systems for fifteen years. We will collaborate in determining what arrangement is best for therapy; individual therapy with parent consultation, family therapy, or parental support sessions. I also offer in-home family therapy if we agree that is what would best meet your family’s needs.
Is your son struggling with ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or anxiety? Parenting a child with these challenges can be incredibly difficult but I provide psychoeducation specific to each of these children’s needs and we will work collaboratively to implement strategies — informed by the latest research in nuuerobiology — to restructure home life when necessary and help you address his specific challenges almost like a coach.
These are some areas of family life that I also address:
• A significant life change such as divorce, loss of a family member, or a move
• Difficulties with anger management
• School refusal
• Intense irritability or mood changes
• Social isolation or interpersonal difficulties
• Trauma-related difficulties
• Sleep issues (such as insomnia, wakefulness, or nightmares)
• Technology related challenges – excessive use or overuse