As the parent of a child experiencing a behavioral health or medical challenge, you can become consumed with your role as caregiver and problem solver, or just as easily, become disconnected and overwhelmed by feelings of hopelessness. Through individual therapy, you can address the fear, anxiety, and trauma often associated with your child’s challenge. You can learn how to build resiliency in yourself and your family and come from a place of hope. Through an understanding about the power of our brain, stress, and our thoughts, you can learn how to have a stronger influence on your feelings and where you direct your energy to enhance your own wellness and that of your entire family system. The goal is empowerment and self-efficacy in what can sometimes seem like a powerless or hopeless situation.
In any relationship, clear and open communication is crucial, but is sometimes difficult to remember or practice. Communication and cooperation in high stress, high stakes situations—such as your child’s challenges — can put even greater stress on your engagement as partners. In couples therapy, you can explore and seek deeper understanding of each other. It is crucial to learn how you can compassionately support and love each other through your family’s successes and challenges.
Family and Child Therapy
Adjusting to life with a child or sibling with a special need can be difficult for all family members. It can, at times, be difficult to anticipate and meet the needs of the other loved ones in your home. Family therapy can help parents learn how to use age-appropriate language in conversations about what’s happening with their child and shift to using goal-oriented language with their children to encourage positive behavior and engagement even during difficult times. Through play therapy, children can get help identifying their feelings and regulating their emotions and behavior.