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What can a parenting therapist help with?

Therapists who work with parents can help with a number of common concerns, such as communication problems, behavioural problems, anxiety or depression in children, as well as more specific issues, like childhood trauma, dealing with divorce, and coping with grief. It should be noted that such therapy is not only for nuclear families, but can include grandparents, guardians, or other caregivers.

Who can diagnose parenting problems?

Many therapists include family and parenting as areas of expertise. Social workers and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) and child psychologists have specific training in family systems and structures, and can help with parenting problems. Clinicians who work primarily with adults can also have deep knowledge and expertise related to the role of parenting in their clients’ lives.

Which therapy types are most suitable for parenting concerns?

Therapy types widely used to address parenting problems include family therapy (including structural family therapy and family systems therapy), cognitive behavioural therapy, and parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), among others. PCIT can be particularly useful for parents of children with behavioural problems, those who have experienced trauma, and those on the autism spectrum. Couples therapy can also help partners who are not aligned on matters related to co-parenting.

Can you overcome parenting problems with therapy?

Therapy can be an effective way to address problems in family dynamics and childrens’ behaviour. A therapist can help parents with communication, setting boundaries, and with strategies for discipline, rewards, and punishments. Parents can also learn about the difference in parenting styles, which include authoritarian, neglectful, indulgent, and authoritative types.