Counselling Therapy Services for Parents & Carers
Raising a child can be extremely challenging at times and place many demands on parents and the family. Parents can sometimes feel that they have no control over their lives.
Parenting sessions can help support the parent / carer alongside the child’s counselling therapy.
Parenting sessions are also offered as a standalone therapy to help parents with the many challenges of parenting.
We offer sessions for parents as we know parents sometimes are struggling emotionally and feel that at times both parents and their children need support, sometimes together, sometimes individually. Parents have shared with us that having sessions provided a safe space for parents to explore their feeling, thoughts, and behaviours and that this brought stability back into their family. Parents shared that it also provided a space where they did not feel judged, and this meant they could open up to the therapist about their style of parenting and about how they had been parented.
Butterfly Counselling is passionate about providing quality counselling for parents to be able to support them individually and, to support them through their child or young person’s treatment.
How can counselling help Parents and Carers?
Counselling can provide a safe space where parents can share their emotions without feeling judged, helping parents process any issues that are affecting their relationship with their child, adolescents, young person. Furthermore, it can be helpful for parents to explore their expectations of raising a child, adolescents, young person.
Our therapists provide parents with a confidential and structured space, where they can feel safe to explore their thoughts and feelings. Providing therapy for parents increases confidence in their decision making, parenting skills and stress management. Parents may also want to explore their own triggers in the home and develop strategies to use which will help them lower the emotional activation of these triggers.
It is important that parents do not neglect their own needs while looking after the needs of their child, adolescents, young person. Parents may feel a myriad of feelings and have no time to process them. Counselling can be time for you to learn self-care and also a time to learn techniques and skills to help you manage stress more effectively.