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Parenting Counseling and Treatment

Parenting Counseling and Treatment

Parents may wish to work with a psychotherapist who can provide them counseling and if necessary, treatment on any mental health conditions they may be experiencing. A therapist might recommend family therapy so the parent feels fully supported. The counseling may focus on the parent and work through any communication barriers which are disrupting the parenting process. Treatment may involve many different types of therapy including cognitive-behavioral therapy and person-centered therapy.

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Raising children is challenging but so rewarding. You will watch them grow, and you will be there for the great moments like when they first ride their bike independently. There will be challenging moments like helping them navigate difficult periods through adolescence. Parenting does not have a "one size fits all" option, and often you will have to explore what works best for you and your child. Often the gap between what we imagined parenting would be like and what the reality is like is very different. There are many sleepless nights, and we may wonder when we will get to sleep through the night again! A common phrase amongst parents is that “it takes a village to raise a child”, you can receive parenting support here in the 7 Cups community.

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As a parent, it is our job to do our best for our children and be the best parent we possibly can be. Although, it is hard at times to meet the needs of our children. We may also feel isolated and not know who to ask when we are struggling. We may avoid asking for help as we do not want to be seen like we are struggling. Asking for help when you find parenting challenging means you are a good parent, and you are thinking about doing your best for your children.

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Common Barriers and Struggles

The common barriers and struggles to parenting may include feeling like you are just not good enough or perhaps feeling like your child does not listen to you. Parenting may be something that you financially struggle with, as raising a child is extremely expensive! Communication is a common problem within parenting, especially with teenagers, and also finding time with busy schedules to spend quality time with your children may also be challenging.

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Challenges to Co-Parenting

There are challenges to raising children, and these may be found when parents are co-parenting after separation. Co-parenting is a shared level of care between both parents for their children. Some of the challenges may be:

  • Differences in parenting styles and discipline measures
  • Communication difficulties
  • Visitation schedules and sharing time between two homes
  • Expenses
  • Family conflict

Healing From the Wounds

Over time, the wounds can heal, and gradually co-parents find themselves becoming friends and more amiable as time goes on. The key to co-parenting is to focus on the child and not the past issues, as often these can cloud the relationship between two co-parents and come between the children.

Grow as a Parent Through Psychotherapy

Sometimes, it is a very challenging process to feel like you can heal from the wounds and essentially be on the same page. In moments like this, family therapy and individual psychotherapy may help you move forward as a family. It will strengthen your relationship with your child and your co-parent and equip you with the tools in treatment to help you recover. A therapist will likely walk you through your experiences with their expert knowledge and counseling experience.

If your child is struggling with certain types of mental health issues and experiencing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, or struggling emotionally, then a therapist may be able to assist. They will provide a tailored treatment plan to be sure you are doing the best for your child.

Online therapy will support you in your parenting journey through the first steps to the teenage years. 7 Cups is an on-demand emotional support platform and a caring and thriving community of people that support one another. The 7 Cups Community has helped over 60 million people in emotional distress since 2013. The community is available globally in 189 countries and 140 languages. We provide 1:1 free support sessions with a trained listener, personalized growth paths to help you feel better and online therapy with licensed therapists.

Featured Contributors

Scott Fantucchio, LMHC

Scott is a licensed mental health counselor with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field.

Lisa Meighan, MBPsS

Lisa is a licensed mental health counselor with an eclectic style of therapy to fit every client

Adrienne Baggs, PhD, LPC

Adrienne is a licensed psychologist, assistant professor, and clinical educator with a holistic emphasis in healing.

Lori Whatley, LMFT, PsyD

Dr. Lori is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in relational connecting.