“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. ”

Benjamin Franklin

Common issues in parenthood
  • Taking care of yourself
    • The importance of time out for yourself
    • Validating losses and changes – staying connected to 
your ‘old self’
    • Strategies for managing unsolicited advice
    • Embracing your strengths
  • Postnatal depression and anxiety
    • Managing expectations of yourself
    • Managing mother guilt
    • Learning to assert, articulate and express your feelings
  • Parenting tools and strategies
    • Attachment and connecting to your baby
    • Dealing with negative and intrusive thoughts about your parenting skills and abilities
    • How to be a ‘a good enough parent’ not a perfect parent
    • Parenting styles
    • Mindful parenting
    • Emotional regulation
    • Problem solving strategies
    • Setting boundaries and effective ways of using discipline
  • Relating to your partner now that there are 3 (or more)
    • The importance of time with your partner
    • Changes in your relationship and how to manage them
    • Awareness of family of origin and impact on the ‘new’ 
family
    • Strategies for dealing with siblings and the ‘newest family member
    • Communication skills
Counselling can help to
  • understand the different elements of communication and the importance of effective listening
  • rebuild relationships
  • gain a greater understanding of the importance of discipline and effective ways to use discipline in the parenting role
  • increase awareness of the concept that behaviour operates in cycles
  • identify and manage emotions more effectively * build confidence and resilience
  • develop coping strategies and tools
Counselling can also help with
  • improving relationships – family & peers
  • emotional regulation – managing anger & sadness
  • confidence & low self esteem
  • negative thought patterns
  • strategies to manage stress and or anxiety
  • adjustment issues following separation / divorce or other life-changing events
  • chronic illness & loss
  • grief & bereavement
  • communicating difficulties between parents and their children

My approach assumes that the child is affected by what is happening in the family, and the family is affected by the child’s behaviour.