Let me begin by stating the obvious; you care about your child’s wellbeing and want to be sure that you do everything in your power not to be “the reason” he or she seeks professional psychological help in adulthood. Every parent has the cliché nightmare of being the main topic of conversation during their adult child’s therapy sessions. One of the most effective ways to mitigate this is to hook your kid up with a therapist quickly once you first notice a problem.
But hold on juuuust a minute – most of the time, footing the bill for your child’s mental health services isn’t enough to “fix” the problem. Us therapists are known to get frustrated that some parents seem to think that’s where their responsibility ends. We complain in our heads about them “dumping the kid off in therapy” and “expecting me to fix it.” But of course, that’s not going to be you, because you are a way better parent than that—and you’re going to learn from other parents’ mistakes and end up with rave reviews from your child’s therapist.Read More
It’s mid July and for many families, that means (gulp) considering back-to-school preparations. While all kids can benefit from these recommendations, for those with histories of depression, anxiety, and/or attention problems, these steps can be critical to preventing a life threatening escalation of symptoms.
Thankfully, there’s still time to do a few things that will make life a whole lot easier once the first day arrives:Read More
One of my main jobs as a Clinical Psychologist these days is to continuously remind parents that they, not their children, are in charge. I say this explicitly, both in person and while coaching parents over the phone. I actually get paid for that. You can blame the now defunct "child-centered parenting" movement of the 1960's for that last part.Read More