For many parents, raising children can be a rich and rewarding experience. Even under the best of circumstances, parenting can also be a time fraught with stress, frustration and uncertainty. When your child or family is struggling with a challenge, parenting can feel overwhelming and exhausting. When a child or teenager is dealing with a troubling conflict, adjustment, life change or disability, he or she may act out at school, home or both. The disruptive behavior or mood swings can be tough to manage.
What Is Parent Counseling and How Can It Help?
Parent counseling can help you understand the root causes of your child’s behavior. You can work with a child therapist to develop tailor-made strategies and tools to reduce conflict at home and improve behavior. An experienced professional can help you understand what your child is going through and develop new ways for you to support them. With the guidance of a caring and non-judgmental therapist, you can learn new ways to help your child and improve the parent-child relationship.
Parent counseling can also provide a safe setting for parents to process the wide-ranging emotions that come along with raising a child. Parenting style, anxiety, identity and family of origin issues are examples of themes parents may choose to explore. Gaining a deeper understanding of your own feelings can help you become more attuned to your child’s needs.
What Are Some Typical Concerns Addressed in Parent Counseling?
- School Issues: Conflict over homework, difficulty with attention and focus, learning differences, bullying, social challenges, collaborating with teachers and other school personnel)
- Learning to Communicate More Effectively With Your Child
- Separation Issues
- Mood Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Limit Setting
- Setting Up Daily Report Cards/Positive Reinforcement
- Avoiding Power Struggles
- Impact of Life Changes (e.g. Birth of a sibling, Separation, Death, Move, etc)
- Developmental Concerns
- Managing Work/Life Balance
- Parenting Young Adults With Disabilities
How Long Does Parent Counseling Typically Take?
The duration of parent counseling varies depending on the individual needs of the parents. Some parents have a particular question or concern to discuss, which in some cases could be addressed in a session or two. Other problems may be more complex or parents may require more support and time. In these cases parents can arrange for additional sessions, follow-ups or weekly sessions.
Will You Work With My Child or Teen During Parent Counseling?
This is something that you can discuss with your therapist based on your family’s needs. You might have a consultation and decide that your child would benefit from his or her own treatment. Alternately, you might decide that your child does not need to come in or it would be more helpful to focus on the parent work. If your child or teen is seeing a therapist at Cope With School NYC, regular parent sessions are an essential part of treatment.
Do you accept insurance?
While Cope With School NYC does not directly accept insurance, we can provide you with a detailed invoice that you may be able to submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.