Parenting is a complex task that requires understanding each child’s unique personality, temperament, strengths and needs. Parents/primary caregivers are the greatest influence in a child’s early life. Witnessing children grow into healthy, happy, and resilient people is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences. Sometimes, however, family stressors or a child’s difficulties can make parenting feel overwhelming and family goals unachievable. Under strain, even the most dedicated parents can struggle and need support to effectively cope with their situation. Children may also experience difficulties that can exceed their skills, which can be expressed in emotional concerns and challenging behaviours.
Counselling can help parents better understand their strengths and needs as well as those of their children. Working together, you and your counsellor can further develop the skills and knowledge to further develop healthy, positive parent/child relationships. Our counsellors provide proven, individualized interventions to help you achieve better balance, effectively manage challenges, and promote your child’s wellbeing.
Viewpoint counsellors can help parents address several parenting issues, including:
- Healthy parent-child relationships
- Understanding children’s development, needs and strengths
- Parenting a child with learning, behavioural or mood concerns
Thriving families provide a structure of caring, support and shared responsibilities that help each family member feel loved and succeed in their goals. However, economic difficulties, family conflicts, or the struggles of one family member, can affect the entire family, interfering with this vital support system.
Family-focused counselling can help in any situation creating stress for your family. Family-focused therapy can help you build deeper understanding of the processes underlying problematic behaviours or troubled relationships. Our counsellors can work with you to address specific concerns impacting your family, such as chronic pain or illness, mental health issues, or substance abuse concerns. If needed, our team can also coordinate individual- and family-focused counselling to help you maximize benefits for a family member with concerns and your family overall.
Viewpoint counsellors can help families address several issues, including:
- Increasing healthy supports for a family member struggling with chronic illness, pain or mental health concerns
- Reducing conflict and developing more positive family relationships
- Understanding your family’s strengths and addressing any needs