While being a parent can be one of the greatest joys in your life, it can also be a challenging time. Many external factors may complicate parenting, such as finances, job security or other family members. At Stanford Couples Counseling, we are proud to provide parenting therapy services to help parents develop coping skills to face difficult moments head-on.
What Issues Can a Parenting Therapy Session Address?
Throughout the parenting therapy process, you and your therapist will identify, address and manage past and present experiences that may affect your relationship with your child. For some patients, co-parenting therapy may help spouses communicate better to provide a cohesive, structured support system for their children. Overall, parenting therapy gives parents strategies to take care of their children effectively.
Who Would Benefit From Parenting Therapy
While every parent can benefit from parenting therapy, some parents may find our services especially beneficial, such as:
Parents who have suffered abuse: Those who were abused as children may be more aggressive towards their children.
Parents experiencing marital issues: Infidelity and finance issues can cause your child to feel inadequate or have a confused perception of relationships.
Parents undergoing a divorce: During a divorce, the main focus of a parent is often their personal feelings, which can make raising a child even more difficult.
Parents with health issues: Mental and physical health issues can complicate daily tasks and affect how much time a parent can spend with their child.
Parents trying to help their child heal from trauma: Children experiencing trauma and other serious issues may require additional support or a different parenting approach to help them heal.
Advantages of Parenting Therapy for Parents and Children
For most cases, your initial parent and child therapy session will focus only on the parents and the main issues you identify in your evaluation. Once you and your spouse make progress, your children may attend a few sessions.
Parenting therapy offers many benefits for parents, such as:
A way to respond to their children properly.
Additional support during difficult parenting periods.
A safe and confidential space to discuss and process emotions.
Available community resources for parents.
Effective strategies to address family functioning.
Parenting therapy services can benefit children as well. Some benefits that parenting therapy provides for children include:
Assistance practicing how to regulate their emotions.
A comfortable space to express and process emotions.
Alternative ways to communicate with their parents and other adults.
Additional support from their parents and therapist.
Education on how to properly verbalize their feelings.
Greater feelings of involvement in normal family functions.
Schedule an Appointment for Parenting Therapy in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area
The goal of our child and parent relationship therapy services is to help your family work through difficult times in a safe and secure environment. Our team of expert therapists will work with your family to identify goals and solutions. To learn more about our parenting counseling services, schedule an appointment online or at our offices in Dallas, Fort Worth or Plano, Texas today!