Infant Mental Health
Infant mental health focuses on the the bond and attachment developed between baby and caregiver. The therapist guides this relationship through respectful parent/child interaction and positive communication in order to ensure healthy development and successful milestones. This treatment is designed for guardians of children 0-5 years of age. This service can be useful for first time parents that find themselves curious about what to expect and how to lay the foundation for a healthy child and family, as well as for parents that find themselves with a child or children that have a challenging temperament and want to learn and adapt their parenting approach to accommodate the emotional well-being of their child while fostering cooperative behavior. There are a variety of parenting philosophies; I align most closely with the RIE approach developed by Magda Gerber. Give me a call if you’re interested in learning more about taking care of your baby’s emotional development and ensuring a secure attachment.
Being a mom is THE hardest job you’ll ever have. period. Research indicates that 1 in 10 children have a depressed mother in any given year. There are a variety of reasons that a mother might find herself struggling with depression, but no matter what the reason, irritability, constant worry, fear, and sadness make it pretty hard to complete the activities of daily life for a mom. I have specialized training and experience in treatment using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches for maternal depression. It might be helpful to talk to profession if you’re feeling:
- Totally overwhelmed
- Anxious or nervouse
- Scared by your thoughts
- Like you’re not yourself
Give me a call if you need help sorting through your thoughts and feelings so you can get back to being the mom you want to be.
Parenting a strong-willed child
As little ones grow and their personalities begin to shine through, some parents can find themselves with a bit more of a challenge than they anticipated. Constant tantrums and pushing the limits is exhausting! Many parents get caught between choosing battles and losing battles and end up in households that seem run by children. This kind of daily struggle can impact the emotional well being of every one in the home and takes a toll on a marriage. Working with a professional counselor can help you understand the underlying issues impacting behavior problems, improve your ability to communicate, and learn to consistently set firm limits. Before your strong-willed child becomes an oppositional teen, give me a call; I’m here to help.
As a parent myself, I understand that desire to want to fix everything, and the distress you feel when your child is struggling; it can be hard to connect with others that can empathize with what you and your child might be experiencing, but you don’t have to go through feeling confused, frustrated, or afraid for your child, by yourself. Sometimes therapy is helpful for children and teens to learn to work through their feelings, navigate their social world, or recognize and change unhealthy behavior patterns, BUT, sometimes, parents need help being in control AND supportive. Counseling for supportive parenting is specifically aimed at helping the parent identify their own sources of anxiety and frustration that might stem from their upbringing or the society at large, and working to let go of the need to control, fix, and prevent suffering at all costs. Parents will learn to allow children to experience natural consequences and how and when to provide support. No, your child didn’t come with a handbook, and yes, we are all just doing the best we can, but give me a call if you want or need to do something better for your child.
Many young people have their own ideas about their needs and how therapy can be helpful. In order to facilitate the therapeutic relationship and establish rapport, time is spent individually with the client for most. For younger clients, the parent’s presence is occasionally requested and the therapist may use the presence of the parent to facilitate the process by reinforcing skills or sharing personal and family values. During these sessions, the therapist models supportive communication skills and thoughtfully guides the parent. This approach can be very effective for resolving acute problems and often strengths the parent/child relationship. Older teens will likely spend more time in individual treatment; however, the therapist will check in with the parent regularly to obtain information regarding progress and behaviors observed in the home. All services for a minor are provided with consent of the parent/guardian.