Being a parent is a great joy and a great challenge.
As parents we need to be patient and consistent, firm and loving, to provide guidance and choices, to be attuned to the child's emotional and physiological needs, to help the child develop self-control, to foster a sense of security and closeness, to understand the child's emotional language, to understand child development .... Wow! and that comes on top of all our own emotional, physical and financial needs!
I believe parents can become agents of change and my work involves elevating the parent to this position. My work includes educating the parents to deal with his/her child's behaviors and emotions by teaching discipline techniques and by strengthening the parent-child relationship. This results in a reduction of behavioral problems for the child and provides the parent and the child with an elevated sense of trust, security and closeness.
The work I do in the office with the child does not stop there.
In order for the treatment to be effective it needs to continue at home. I have seen the therapist-parent partnership work and I truly believe in it.