Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance

Many parents believe that asking for help around parenting issues, is a reflection of “bad” parenting, as the lopsided belief of merely being a parent should be a natural and instinctive skill that occurs with ease and know-how.

Parenting is an enormous responsibility, no matter how prepared you have been – by seeking advice from your own parents, family members, reading parenting books, having some experience in caring for children in the past – a parent can never be ready for the level of intensity and commitment parenting demands of you. But it does not have to be doom and gloom – parenting can be a rewarding experience for you and your family.

Seeking advice when you are feeling overwhelmed with your parenting role, responsibilities and other related psychological problems or concerns, shows courage, strength and insight that the current status quo is not functioning. A problem can be manifested in your child’s behaviour, emotional and mental state and symptoms, school performance or family dynamics not in harmony. You can access one-on-one guidance with specific parenting problems or concerns.  During the consultation, the psychologist can assist with once-off guidance, or work out a treatment plan based on what is best for your child and your family.

Examples of issues that can be assessed and treated:

  • Behavioural problems (acting in or acting out, clinginess, )
  • Moodiness
  • Dealing with anger
  • Understanding and managing your AD(H)D child attention
  • Dealing with friends and socialisation
  • Relationships with siblings, parents, teachers and other significant others
  • Overall psychological well-being
  • Preparing your child for change or transition – such as a new school, relocating, new member in the family, hospitalisation
  • Effective Discipline
  • Dealing with a strong-willed child who is the boss
  • Building our child’s self-esteem and resilience
  • Addressing stress
  • How to prepare your child on the birth of your sibling
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Regression (your child regressing to baby behaviour)
  • Bullying behaviour (the bully or being bullied, cyber-bullying and social media)
  • Getting though the “terrible twos”
  • Managing your child’s sleep difficulties
  • Sexualised behaviour, excessive masturbation, sexual curiosity
  • Dealing with life stress:
  • Death or loss of a family member, significant other or a pet,
  • Terminal illness (how to tell your child)
  • Divorce or separation
  • Relocation
  • Choosing the right school for your child
  • Dealing with the Tricky Teen years
  • Building a conscience for your child
  • Psychiatric Disorders e.g.
  • AD(H)D
  • Childhood Anxiety Disorders
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Childhood Depression or Mood Disorder or Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating Disorders (Bulimia, Anorexia)
  • Elimination Difficulties (Potty-training, bedwetting, refusing to poo in the toilet)
  • Learning Disorders
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Aspergers, Autism)
  • Tics and Tourettes Syndrome

Book a session

You can book a session for Parental Guidance with the following therapists: