Parental Counselling

Inducing positive change in an individual’s behavior through such techniques as positive and negative reinforcement, or punishment for poor behavior. This therapy method is based off of the experiments by B.F. Skinner and his theory of operant conditioning.

One common way of modifying behavior includes a reward system that is pre-determined by the therapist and client which makes the client want to change. This mode of therapy is used to treat all sorts of conditions such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and many other common issues like fears.

Example: The behaviorist was hired to work with prisoners before their release from jail, getting them to think critically about the negative behavior patterns which brought them to prison in the first place, and giving them the tools to rework the old, destructive patterns.

Parental Counselling

Parental counselling is whatever you, as a parent, need it to be.

Parental Counselling often involves dealing with stress in a more effective manner, so that you are less likely to feel overwhelmed by everything going on.

Parental Counselling sometimes covers alternative methods of discipline (moving away from shouting and smacking, to methods that work with each child), and building respectful relationships with your children.  Each family is unique, and each child reacts differently, so together, we work out which techniques work best for your family.

Parental Counselling can also involve working through the difficulties of finding out that your child is not what you had expected. Sometimes, this is about finding out your child has special needs. Or when your child is diagnosed with an intersex condition, and you want a safe space to talk about, and think through the way you interact with your child going forward.

Child Adjustment Counselling

  • Is your child experiencing difficulty adjusting to a transition, such as a family move, divorce, or change of school?
  • Have you noticed behavioral or emotional changes in your child, such as irritability, moodiness or withdrawal?
  • Is your child suddenly having difficulty in school or with a peer or sibling?
  • Are you feeling overwhelmed or frustrated by your child’s behavior?
  • Do you wish you knew how to help ease your child’s adjustment?

Life transitions can be challenging, especially for children whose brains are still developing and have limited life experience to draw from. A family move, change of school, or divorce can leave children feeling as if their world has been turned upside down and there is little they can do about it. When their sense of comfort and security is threatened, children may act out or, alternatively, withdraw.

Perhaps your child has exhibited recent trouble at school, such as a drop in grades or behavioral issues.  It is not uncommon for children undergoing a difficult transition to react angrily or in attention-seeking ways. Children may also overanalyze the recent change(s) and even blame themselves for the new circumstances. In this case your child may seem sad, highly sensitive or unusually anxious.

Regardless of how your child exhibits his or her distress, you as a parent are likely feeling overwhelmed and concerned yourself. It is never easy to witness your child struggle and when one family member is suffering, the entire family is often impacted.

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