As the parent of a child experiencing a medical or behavioral health 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 or condition. 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, especially when coupled with the immense love you have for your child.
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 medical or behavioral health challenge—can put even greater stress on your engagement as partners. In couples’ therapy, you can explore and seek deeper understanding of how each of you sees, interacts with, and reacts to your child’s health challenge. It is crucial to learn how you can compassionately support and love each other through your family’s difficulties.
Family and Sibling Therapy
Adjusting to life with a child or sibling with a medical or behavioral health challenge can be difficult for all family members. With a child in need of medical care or increased attention, 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’s health and shift to using goal-oriented language with their children to encourage positive behavior and engagement even during difficult times. Through play therapy, siblings can get help identifying their feelings, regulating their emotions, and adjusting to a new family dynamic.