Henry Ward Beecher once said that “we never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.” Parents give everything to their families, and yet sometimes there is struggle and turmoil. Depth Counseling can help you cope with the challenges of parenting.
Common parenting struggles
Henry Ward Beecher once said that “we never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.” Parents give everything to their families, and yet sometimes there is struggle and turmoil. Just like any new group, families often go through a process of group formation (Bonebright, 2010). As the family grows and develops, issues tend to arise around certain behaviors, relationships, and the roles taken on by family members.
In other words, the joys of raising a family also come with growing pains. Here at Depth Counseling, we specialize in helping parents navigate those pains by identifying detrimental patterns and promoting healthy habits through our parenting therapy in Chicago. Some of the most common parenting issues we help people with during therapy on the parent-child interaction include:
- Disobedience or rebelliousness
- Low motivation (academic, physical health, etc.)
- Sleep hygiene (going to bed and waking up on time)
- Lying or hiding
- Frequent conflicts or arguments with siblings or parents
- Self-harm behaviors
- Sibling rivalry
- Frequent complaining or whining
- Addiction to cell phones, video games, and/or television
- Risky behaviors (drug use, sexual promiscuity, etc.)
Often, parents feel overwhelmed or stuck when it comes to dealing with difficult child-rearing. Here at Depth Counseling, we specialize in helping parents improve their skills as providers by analyzing patterns of communication, reflecting on roles and responsibilities, and finding effective solutions to family problems with parenting therapy.
If you feel overwhelmed or lost in your role as a parent, or if your family struggles to work together as a unit, we can help by providing individual counseling for parents and/or children, as well as joint parent-child counseling services. Contact Depth Counseling today to learn how our team can help your family get back on track!
How can therapy help with parenting?
Individual psychotherapy for parents, as well as therapy for the parent-child unit, can be an excellent way to improve your parenting skills and increase family wellbeing. Parents can meet individually, as couples, or as a family with their therapist to process emotions and communicate needs in a safe, confidential space. Psychotherapists are specifically trained to notice healthy and unhealthy interactions, which means that parents and children can learn how to better meet each other’s needs and expectations.
One example of unhealthy interaction can be seen through what psychologists refer to as Triangulation (see diagram above).
Families tend to develop patterns for processing their stress with one another. However, some families fall into an unhealthy pattern of processing with some members and not others. We often see Triangulation occur between parents, where the parents process issues about their partner with the child rather than with each other. Parent-child therapy and parenting counseling provide a space for these patterns to be addressed in a safe, non-judgmental way that helps the family build better ways of working together.
How can Depth Counseling help?
Psychodynamic psychotherapists take therapy for parenting skills one step further by identifying underlying beliefs held by parents and children that may contribute to family problems (Cohen, 2004). We specialize in providing these insights to our clients as they continue to enhance their family dynamics. If you have difficulties with parenting, or if your family struggles to communicate effectively, do not wait. Contact Depth Counseling today and set your family on track for wellness.
Depth Counseling offers individual and couples counseling services for adults and families here in Chicago, Illinois and the surrounding area. Sessions are entirely confidential and held in the comfort of our offices on North Side and the Loop. Once you connect with us we can schedule your first appointment with one of our providers based on fit and availability. We deeply value the therapeutic relationship, and we strive to demonstrate that value to each of our clients.
As you work on parenting skills with one of our therapists, you will notice:
- Increased awareness about familial patterns
- Enhanced family cohesion and trust
- Reduced frequency of conflicts
- Greater capacity for empathy and compassion
- Improvements to child obedience and behavior
- Openness and vulnerability with siblings and parents
Each of our therapists is dedicated to providing a safe space for families and parents to overcome their struggles. We are passionate about serving our community through thorough treatment and diagnosis, empathic understanding, and client-centered care.
Bonebright, D. A. (2010). 40 years of storming: a historical review of Tuckman’s model of small group development. Human Resource Development International, 13(1), 111-120.
Cohen, E. (2004). Parental belief systems and difficulties in parenting. Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 3(2), 252-269.
Shedler, J. (2010). The efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy. American psychologist, 65(2), 98.
Interested in Depth Counseling?
We would love to hear from you. Click here if you would like to learn more about our services or schedule to begin your first therapy session! Our team of compassionate providers is dedicated to providing you with the utmost quality of care for your mental health needs.
Some of our areas of specialty include:
- Stress management
- Life transitions
- Sexuality and gender
- Eating disorders
Our Chicago offices are located in Ravenswood (2650 & 2656 West Montrose Avenue, 60618), and the Loop (122 South Michigan Avenue, 60603) in Chicago, Illinois. We serve adults and families from all over the Chicago area and beyond, including Evanston, Cicero, Hammond, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, and Arlington Heights. If you have questions or concerns, or if you would like help finding our offices, please let us know!
In Texas, our offices are based in Austin and Houston, and our clinicians offer therapy exclusively via telehealth.
Click here to learn more about our fantastic team of mental health clinicians. Our providers offer specialty services in both individual and couples counseling. In addition to psychotherapy, we also offer the chance to engage in Psychoanalysis—a specific long-term and intensive treatment model. Our practice draws heavily from Psychodynamic theory, which has been shown to be incredibly effective through multiple research efforts (see Shedler, 2010).
It’s not just in the name—Depth Counseling is about moving beyond basic counseling techniques to understand deeper parts of your psyche. Get more out of your treatment, and experience the healing power of Depth Counseling.