Counselling for parenting support
Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: Jen Warwick MBACP Reg, Grad Dip (Counselling), Grad Dip (Psychology)
17th January, 20170 Comments
Parenting is one of the most valuable jobs any of us will ever do and yet, despite libraries full of books on the subject, many feel that they are not equipped to do it well. This feeling can become more marked as your child enters adolescence.
Whilst parenting can be massively rewarding it can also be a real very challenge – sometimes more than others. Parents are not only involved in tending to the daily and differing needs of a baby, child or adolescent, they are also responsible for ensuring that their children develop the skills they need to function practically and socially. As a parent, you must protect, seek help where necessary, listen to, spend time with, provide affection, consistency, and age appropriate limits. All whilst taking into consideration each individual child’s unique personality.
No wonder then that parenting can become overwhelming, particularly when there are other issues at play within the family such as specific, challenging situations or where there are behavioural concerns. This is where support from a non-judgemental and independent professional can help.
Why see a counsellor for parenting?
You may be facing a specific parenting challenge, around your child’s mental health concern or behavioural issue, for example. Whilst they may well be receiving support, the parents own feelings and emotions may be left unaddressed which may impact the rest of the family’s well-being.
You may have your own mental health or other issues that impact on your ability to parent.
Becoming a parent can have a major impact on your relationship as a couple both positive and negative, and can be a contributing factor to relationship distress.
Family networks are becoming smaller than they used to be and parenting can be a lonely job. This feeling of isolation can be even more pronounced when sole parenting.
Seeing a counsellor is not only for parents who feel their family is in crisis or their child is acting out in extreme ways, however, and many parents may find it helpful to speak to someone around parenting in general.
Speaking to a counsellor about parenting can help to improve communication and enhance relationships both in and out of the family. Positive and consistent communication is key for the child to understand what is expected of them. Relationship counselling may also help to strengthen parenting skills.
About the author
I am a BACP registered counsellor working in Brighton.
I see clients individually, in couples or as families in order to enhance their relationships and to meet their needs.
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