THE PARENTING CENTRE
What are the Aims of the Parenting Centre?
- To help parents cope better with stress and difficulties
they experience when raising their child(ren), and to
develop together alternative ways of managing the problems
and relieving stress.
- To help parents appreciate and respect differences
between people, couples and children.
- To see all behaviour as an attempt to survive and grow.
- To enable parents and children to use their own innate
abilities to grow and cope.
- To move the family away from fear, dominance and submission,
towards a model of self-responsibility and self-control.
- To improve communication between parents and children.
- To learn how to touch one another with meaning through words,
feelings or thoughts.
The Parenting Centre can identify, clarify, and help with
the difficulties experienced by parent(s) of an infant or
child in distress. Treatment plans are individually tailored
to include a range of approaches found to help resolve parenting
difficulties and assist with child adjustment. The Centre
draws on the professional experience of its principal psychologist
and psychological medicine specialist, each with over 30
years of professional experience. Paediatric and psychiatric
consultation can be arranged when required.
What Types of Solutions Does the Centre Provide?
A private professional parenting centre offering prompt,
confidential, and effective help for mothers, fathers, and
their children and families.
- Mother/Father/Baby Counselling
- Mother and Infant/Child Parenting Groups
- Child and Adolescent Problems
- Parental and Family Relationship Issues
- Individual and Couples Counselling
- Emotional and Physical Problems
- Grandparenting, Step-Families, Same-Sex Families
- Trans-generational solutions
What Process Does the Centre Follow?
Thorough assessment of the needs of each family member is
undertaken before treatment. Initially a Parenting Centre
specialist would meet with parent/s and their child(ren)
at the Parenting Centre. This time is used to learn about
the current situation and decide with parents what will
be the most helpful for them and their child.
Following assessment, individual therapy sessions will
be held with parent(s) or parent(s)/child(ren). Sessions
revolve around the child(ren)'s needs and the parent(s)'
ability to meet these needs. The focus may centre on child
management, parenting skills and/or developing insight and
emotional adjustment to the presence of the baby/child in
the family. The number of consultations will vary, as often
a brief intervention is sufficient to help. If there is
a need for longer-term help, the Centre will arrange this.
Group therapy is sometimes used to provide additional support.