Parenting Support and Childhood Behavioral Issues
Are you frustrated by your child's behaviors? Do you feel like you have no control in your own home? Do you regularly find yourself in a battle of wills with your child... and they win the battle? Parenting is hard, and everyone needs help sometimes. My goal is to help you become the parent you want to be and develop the relationship with your child you want to have. I am here to help you learn what your child's behaviors mean and how to best respond to them. This includes managing your own reactions to your child's behaviors, as well as determining the most effective ways to get your child to do what you want. This type of therapeutic work is typically short term and often less frequent to allow time to practice new skills at home. We will look at what is currently working and what is not, then make adjustments to get the results you want. Most parents are able to achieve their goals in 6-10 sessions, though some might take more or less time, depending on the circumstances.
Substance Abuse Recovery
Recognizing a substance abuse issue and knowing what to do about it are two very different things. Whether you are just beginning to explore the idea that you may have a problem with substances, or you are in recovery and in need of ongoing work to maintain it, I can help. Understanding how substance use disorder works in your brain and body can be immensely helpful in learning the skills necessary to maintain recovery. Developing appropriate relapse prevention skills and plans is also vital. Sometimes it helps to have an additional point of accountability for behavior and actions. We will work together to identify your needs and develop plans to meet them while maintaining your recovery. I offer both individual and group work for those in recovery from substance abuse issues.
Child and Adolescent Therapy
Children and adolescents might also need additional support or therapeutic work. Growing up is hard! My skill set lies in working with children and adolescents with behavioral challenges and a need to develop emotional regulation skills. It is important to first identify what the triggers for behavioral issues are and then determine the best ways to manage these triggers. It is important to know that it often takes time to break down the cause of behavioral issues and then choose the correct interventions. It also takes willingness on the part of both the child and parent(s) to create change in your home. Often, I find that behavioral issues involve the whole family, and that adjustments need to be made to the interactions between family members, rather than just the child's behavior. For this reason, it is important that parents, and possibly siblings, be willing to participate in some family sessions to help develop a happier, more harmonious home life for everyone.