All parents struggle with at least some aspects of raising their children. Whether it’s because of how the child is behaving, concerns about their child’s social skills, fears their child is being bullied, concerned the child isn’t learning enough, worrying about drug and alcohol usage or a whole range of other concerns that parents face on a daily basis.
Sometimes the problem is due to how the parents are feeling about their child. Perhaps the kids are OK but the parents can’t cope with their own anxiety or anger.
Sometimes it’s hard to know what the problem is within the family, but as the parent you do know that family members simply aren’t happy and that there’s a lot of tension and arguing in the home.
Sometimes families move to new areas and have trouble settling in. Sometimes the families have to deal with relationship breakdowns such as divorce and separations, and sometimes families have to deal with issue of grief such as when a grandparent or other family member dies.
How do I know if I need help with my parenting?
If you are thinking you need help with your parenting, then you probably do! Even if it’s just to seek reassurance that you’re on the right track or to make slight changes to your techniques, it’s probably a good idea to see a psychologist at the Irvine Centre.
You most certainly need to seek support if any of the following are occurring:
- You or your partner are constantly yelling at the children
- There are more negative than positive comments being said to members of the family
- Any family members are physically hurting themselves or each other
- Any family members are constantly sad or irritable
- Your child has significant difficulties with schoolwork which aren’t being addressed with their current interventions
- The family isn’t engaging in any activities or events as a family unit
What parenting support and interventions are offered at the R.E.A.D. Clinic?
All treatments at our clinic are based on evidence-based and best practice guidelines. Based on these guidelines and your family’s needs, your clinician will advise you on the most appropriate treatment for you.
It may be that you are recommended to seek some help for your marital relationship, or to do some family therapy. You might also be recommended to join a parenting group. It may be that your child or children need some therapy or intervention for themselves.
It is often the case that families need more than one type of intervention but this will be discussed with you after your initial assessment.
How do i get assesed and allocated to the appropriate treatment for me and my family?
Once you have made an appointment (CLICK HERE to find out more about making an appointment) you will receive an initial assessment with one of our clinicians who will then decide with you on the most appropriate treatment for you and your family.