Sometimes parents and children experience difficulties in their relationship that seem impossible to shift or resolve. Some of the difficulties could be triggered by various transitions in the family's life such as birth of a sibling, adoption, parental divorce, loss, bereavement, school transitions or home move.
Some difficulties in parent-child relationship can be experienced during various stages of the child's developmental, being it the infancy, toddlerhood, pre-school & primary school age or teenage years.
Often attachment difficulties impacting the parent-child relationship are known to families where the child experienced an early developmental trauma ( mainly in adoption and fostering).
The parent-child therapy offers an opportunity for the parent and the child to:
- Improve the quality of parent-child relationship
- Express and explore parent and child's feelings, thoughts/beliefs, needs and behaviour to each other.
- Engage in communication between each other; share the unspoken hurts, resentments, fears, appreciations and hopes
- Empower the parents in their parenting role and possible ways of relating to their child
Some of the approaches used in the parent-child therapy include:
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
- Therapeutic Use of the Arts
- Therapeutic Parenting
- Great Behavioural Breakdown and Nonviolent Resistance
- Therapeutic Life Story Work
- Systemic Practice