Family Counseling and Parenting Support
Every few years, children bump up to new developmental stage of life. Parents often feel that no sooner have they mastered the issues of one stage, than they are thrust into new areas of concern and challenge. Understandably, mothers and fathers often have a difficult time staying one step ahead of their children with regard to providing effective guidance, support, and discipline. And our increasingly fast-paced, changing culture adds to this challenge. More and more media, pervasive technology, busy schedules, and a hyper focus on excelling in school and sports towards the goal of one day getting into a competitive college are just a few of the cultural norms that have created a generation of children who are more stressed and anxious than ever before. Indeed the number of children on medication for ADHD, depression, and anxiety is at an all-time high.
Some of the issues for which parents seek family therapy include concerns that their child exhibits: low self-esteem, excessive sadness, anger, rudeness and respect issues, a sense of entitlement, bullying behavior, and isolating tendencies. Many parents seek guidance helping an emotionally vulnerable acting child open up and share his or her distress. Others request therapy for help with discipline, limit setting, and with discerning appropriate consequences for an acting out child. If you desire support addressing and resolving these or any other concerns you may have regarding your child’s sense of well-being, counseling sessions can greatly help to sort out contributors to problems, and identify effective steps to resolve the distress.