Parent and Child Therapy
I have years of experience helping parents negotiate the challenges of parenting, step-parenting, parenting through divorce, parenting children who have mental health or substance abuse problems, and parenting alone. I have worked with children and their families in my private office, in residential care, partial care, scholastic, and hospital settings.
Effective parenting is often measured by:
- Demonstrating clear and respectful communication
- Avoiding arguments and power struggles
- Setting clear and realistic expectations
- Being consistent when you discover what works
- Being flexible when something is not working
- Supporting (not undermining) the other parent (if there is a second parent)
- A willingness to let children struggle and sometimes fail
- Focusing much more on setting a child up to succeed and acknowledging them, than on catching them doing something wrong and punishing them
The importance of listening
Someone I once knew told me that we should listen twice as much as we speak because God gave us two ears and only one mouth. At first blush, it would seem that listening would be a relatively easy – even passive act. If only it were so easy. Of all the skills I...
Eight Intimate Conversations To Have With Your Partner
Want more intimacy with your partner? Plan a special date, but instead of heading for the bedroom, snuggle on the couch, perhaps by candlelight, and fall into one of these great conversations. Simply learning more about and accepting each other is the experience you...
Communicating effectively when emotions run high
Casual conversation, playful banter, passionate exploration, are all fine and fitting communication styles as long as both participants are relatively calm. This changes the moment someone begins to get upset. In a previous post, Old Brain New Brain, I explain why it...