PARENTING AND PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP THERAPY
Parenting is simply daunting because our children don’t come with a manual. You want your child to grow up feeling safe, being heard, and securely attached so that he/she has confidence and makes good choices now and later on in life. You can and should feel empowered as a parent.
Is it hard to know how to set limits?
Do you feel hurt and resentful when your children get angry with you?
Are you worried about doing a bad job if you didn’t have great models?
Maybe you overindulge or wonder if you are too strict, and feel that you don’t have a solid internal parenting compass.
We can work together so you experience the joy of being connected to your child and feel confident about your parenting. There is tremendous value in understanding your own inner struggle. This has a profound effect on being a confident parent, vastly improving your child/teen’s self-esteem and your relationship.
Parenting is the hardest job there is. If you are feeling helpless, ineffectual, rejected, filled with regret, please know that it is NEVER too late to work on your relationship. No matter how they behave towards you, you are always inexplicably important to them.
Parenting your baby and child
Are you a new mother scared that you don’t have the tools you need to take care of your baby?
Every baby and toddler has his or her own unique temperament that might be perplexing and vexing to you. Let’s see if we can understand what your baby is trying to communicate, and how you can feel calm and confident.
If your child has learning differences, sensory or language challenges is always, on the go, has difficulty with toilet training, play dates, is a picky eater, defiant, explosive, aggressive, or perfectionistic, you might feel helpless and overwhelmed with good reason. I promise I can help you parent your child with challenges that seem insurmountable.
I know you might feel embarrassed like you have failed them, that you are a bad parent. That just isn’t the case. Raising children is complicated and believe it or not, most parents need help from time to time. Children don’t come with a manual. We can put our heads together so you can feel effective.
Sometimes, your past might get confused with the present, and maybe you find yourself behaving like your parents when you swore you would be different, or, you ARE different, but something has gone askew and your child has the upper hand leaving you helpless and angry. Please be assured that I can help you be back in control where your child actually wants you in order to feel safe and secure.
Parenting your child or teenager
Parenting a child or teen who struggles to regulate emotions and behavior is overwhelming especially when having a meltdown, provoking you into power struggles, disrupting your routine and family harmony. You might yell or hit because you feel so helpless, and then feel awful about yourself. I have spent almost 40 years successfully helping parents just like you.
Is your teenager pulling away from you? Letting go and still remaining connected is so hard to navigate. I can help with that.
If you and your spouse are divorcing, I can provide a parent or parent-child therapy to keep lines of communication open.
Parenting is especially complicated when your teen has a diagnosed or undiagnosed learning difference and struggles with poor self-esteem, organization, homework, and socializing.
If your teenager is depressed or anxious or refusing to go to school and other therapy has not been helpful, I can provide a higher level of care and get your teenager back on the right track.
Aftercare: If your teenager is returning from a hospitalization or residential treatment, it is scary and exciting. There is good reason to be hopeful. I will help make sure the transition is smooth and successful, either seeing you alone for parenting work or you and your teen for parent-teen counseling.
Parent-young adult relationship therapy
Are you feeling estranged from family members who can be difficult to handle? These are painful relationships to manage alone. Let’s put our heads together and decide whether it is best to let relationships go or how to remain in someone’s life in a way that feels right.
You are so courageous for taking the next step. You will find me to be compassionate and non-judgemental. I’m a mother, too. Let’s work together to help you feel effective in raising your children to be emotionally healthy so you can enjoy your children to the fullest.
Feel free to contact me for a free initial phone conversation.
I'm happy to think together about how you want to proceed on your own or with some guidance.
Call (914) 632-7111 or email me at or click here.