Counseling can be the missing puzzle piece parents need to establish a healthy relationship with their child. As a professional counselor, I work with parents and kids in the areas of (a) respect (b) helping kids follow rules (c) supporting parents in creating healthy communication skills and boundaries (d) planning short and long term goals in education and career.
In my professional experience I have had what seems like too many clients come and see me due to their child exhibiting new “negative” behaviors. These new behaviors are more than often seen as the child being more quiet, shy, non-talkative, and withdrawn from the family. As the therapist, I ask the parent(s) the magic question, “If you could pick one thing that caused this change in your child what would it be.” The answers are often, “Maybe someone in school is bullying them,” or “I don’t know,” or just a blank stare as they wait for me to provide them with some insight that can solve their problems. The answer isn’t always easy for parents to see.