It’s almost like they are speaking another language! You might even wonder if you are the right parent for them. Young children’s behaviors, their emotional reactions, their fears and worries can make parents feel frustrated, alone, confused, and kind of lost.
Your child is so angry, they yell, refuse to listen, and even hurt themselves, or you and their siblings. Or, they are so scared of everything and you don’t have any idea how to help them. You’ve noticed your child has difficulty making friends, they act younger than you think they should, they can’t sleep, they refuse to eat or listen to basic requests. It isn’t that each day is a struggle, every hour feels exhausting. It’s just become too much to handle alone.
You wonder is there something wrong with me? Wrong with them? Why is my child hurting others? Why are they so unhappy and difficult? You just want them to be happier, more enjoyable, and easier. The parents I work with come to me because they want to understand their child better. They want to feel a connection. And, they want to be able to manage these behaviors that just don’t make sense – no book or article seems to be helping.
I help to build the bridge of understanding and connection between parents and their young children (birth to 10). Instead of trying to find the right article or book, we can work with the strengths and challenges you each bring to find peace. Together we can find a way to decrease undesirable behaviors and increase harmony in your home.
Behaviors and challenges that can be addressed through parent-child therapy include some of the following
- Not listening
- Fighting with siblings and peers
- Fussy babies or toddlers
- Not sleeping or trouble falling asleep
- Hyperactivity or attention difficulties
- Difficulty with separation
- Sadness and irritability
- Family changes
- A history of trauma, including birth trauma, medical trauma, historical or family trauma
- School difficulties
Why Parent-Child Therapy?
The early years of any person’s life will establish relationship patterns for an entire lifetime. As children develop they learn how to be in the world through the relationships they have with parents, caregivers, and close adults. From birth, children begin to develop their understanding of the world and of themselves. The interactions they have with adults help to form who they are, their ability to handle big emotions, as well as their ability to feel calm and confident today and tomorrow. Parent-child therapy looks at the importance of the parent or caregiver and brings them into the room, providing a two generation approach in order to help support both parents and children to develop confidence, ease at home, and enjoyment in relationships.
Hello, I’m April Galligan
I provide parent and child therapy, specializing in young children from birth to 10 years old. Working with me, you can expect to receive therapy for you and your young child that focuses on creating a healthy and happy relationship with more moments of joy and peace. This happens by improving your understanding of one another and decreasing the stress and angst you feel around each other. For more information check out About Me