Is a Positive Parenting session right for me? Seeking out parenting help is an individual choice.
There are many reasons why people come to a personal session on parenting. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing parenting challenges, or problems with child behavior or parent worries. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or other transition. Ruth is both a parenting educator and psychotherapist who can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of family challenges. Parenting education and counseling can help address many different issues including family conflict, aggression, worries, child non-compliance, stress management, grief, and general life transitions. Parenting support is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of family life and supporting positive child outcomes by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working toward personal goals.
Do I really need Positive Parenting help? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties, it can be productive to seek out extra support when you need it. In fact, parenting consultation is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you are in this moment and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking knowledgeable support. Parenting help provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid parent-child conflict, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face as a parent.
How can Positive Parenting help me? Some of the overall benefits that parents report are calmer family life, increased child cooperation and stronger parent-child connections. Many people also find that a parenting educator/therapist can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, relationship issues related to parenting, and the hassles of daily life. Parenting consultation can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from Positive Parenting depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. You can expect to :
- Strengthen your confidence as a parent
- Strengthen your child’s self -worth
- Develop skills for improving your family relationships
- Learn new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Manage anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improve communications and listening skills
- Change old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discover new ways to solve problems in your family
What is a Positive Parenting consultation like? Every individual session is unique and caters to each individual or couple and their specific goals.
You will get help to set goals and have a chance to discuss your primary concerns during each session. You may get your needs met in one session or plan to schedule a series of weekly or bi-weekly sessions, each of which lasts about fifty minutes. Parenting consultation can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or your personal growth as a parent.
There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the sessions, such as practicing a specific parenting skill or keeping records to track certain behaviors, thoughts or feelings. For Positive Parenting consultation to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions.
What is a Positive Parenting workshop/class like? Parenting workshops or classes are both serious and fun.
Parents learn skills and also enjoy really connecting with other parents. Participants learn evidence based parenting practices to increase child cooperation, strengthen parent-child connections and improve child self-worth. In addition, parents enjoy hearing stories about other parents’ challenges and most report that they are relieved to learn they “are not alone!” Each workshop or class includes brief talks about new ideas and skills, discussion in pairs and small groups and practice sessions during the class and in between classes. There is a lot of laughter and even some tears, but parents consistently report an enjoyable and life changing learning experience.
People seeking parenting support are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect to receive in both individual sessions and classes:
- Compassion, respect and understanding
- Help changing persistent difficult behavior patterns and negative feelings
- Real strategies for enacting positive change
- Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance
- Insight into what can make parenting challenging for you and what you can do about that
Is Positive Parenting consultation confidential? In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a clinician.
No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include: Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The clinician is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to self or another person, the clinician is required to notify the police.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work? If you have behavioral health coverage in your health insurance plan, you may be covered for parenting consultation.
Call Ruth at 860 933-1371 and she will give you a list of questions to ask your health insurance carrier to help determine if you will be covered. Reduced fees for families in need are sometimes available.