“Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, but the hardest thing in the world to do.”
— Matt Walsh
Parent counselling, or parenting therapy, or parenting coaching, is a form of therapy which has its main aim to support parents in finding more effective and intuitive forms of parenting. The goal is to help parents gain confidence in their skills and develop healthy and nurturing parent – child relationships. Parent counselling helps the parent develop greater skills and confidence in navigating communication difficulties, challenging behaviours such as opposionality or managing big feelings.
Parent counselors have specialist training in utilise evidence-based techniques that were uniquely developped to assist parents in understanding their child’s needs, emotions, and behavior. The interventions used in parent counselling include promoting positive interactions, more effective ways of influencing behaviour, creating routines and nurturing environments for the children and understanding developmental stages. One of the most important processes in parent counselling, is the normalisation of parental challenges. It helps parents feel safe to express their worries and concerns and to get the necessary support and guidance in navigating parental challenges. Our parent counsellors are trained in parenting models like Tuning Into Kids and Circle of Security. Both of which are evidence based models.
Through parent counselling the parent will develop better problem solving skills, will have a greater understanding of what are normal behavioural expressions in their children and they will grow to experience stronger and lasting connections with their children. Through the improved interactions, family dynamics can be resolved and parental stress is reduced. Parents feel more confident and enjoy their children more, promoting the well-being of both parents and children.
Research has show that parent counselling, through the use of evidence based methods can improve the family environment such that it has an impact of the physical, emotional and cognitive development of the children. Children learn to thrive emotionally, socially and academically. Through this professional guidance parents can improve their experiences of parenting and their relationship with their children at any age, and can do so with confidence and ease.