For parents and carers

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Parenting is a hugely satisfying and fulfilling, yet challenging time. The emotional wellbeing of one’s child is paramount and when a child is struggling, the whole family is affected. It can evoke significant feelings of worry, helplessness and responsibility in parents and carers.

 

Infancy, toddlerhood, sibling rivalry and adolescence… Every stage of parenting may need different parent/carer responses depending on the child’s age and his/her developmental, emotional and behavioural needs.

Parent/carer work provides a space where you can share your worries and thoughts about your child and the parent-child relationship. We can think together about the emotions that may be underneath your child’s behaviour and discuss ways of responding to it more effectively. These discussions are sometimes helped by reflecting on connections between your life experiences or expectations as parents and your child’s current needs. 

I meet with the parent(s) alone or with the child or whole family depending on the concerns. 

I have consulted with parents/carers on a variety of difficulties that their child might be experiencing, including their child's:
  • Emotional and behavioural difficulties

  • Anxiety and stress

  • Depression and low mood

  • Social difficulties and anxieties

  • Difficulties with anger

  • Destructive and self-harming thoughts

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Issues around sexuality

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       A big thank you for helping my child and getting her to the place she is at now. She's more able to express herself and enjoying school more. And thank you for taking the time to listen to my concerns. It's been really valuable talking to someone who knows about and has experience in my daughter’s issues..

 

Mother of 13 year old

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  • Struggles with gender identity

  • Relationship problems

  • Low self-esteem

  • Difficulties with food and body image

  • Traumatic events and difficult life experiences

  • Pressures of school and stress

  • Feeling directionless, empty or isolated

  • Loss and bereavement