You Are An Agent of Change

Father, Mother, comforting SonWhen you bring your child to me for counseling, don’t be surprised if I encourage you to become an active, influential contributor to the process. Here are three reasons why. First, your participation can give you a more lucid understanding of your child’s problem and involve you more directly in the search for solutions. Second, it can support you in coping with your own stress over the problem. And third, parent participation works. Research studies suggest that while a counselor can help your child solve problems, the most powerful agent of change is you.

Why Be Involved?

  • Stress Relief
  • New Information
  • New Insights
  • New Slolutions
  • New Skills
  • Family Harmony

Help For Parents

With these things I mind, I offer not only individual counseling for young people but also multiple opportunities for parent involvement in the counseling process. These include one-time or ongoing parent consultations that will provide you with information about your child’s problem and concrete suggestions for addressing it; parent counseling sessions to explore and relieve your own distress; child-parent sessions to build understanding, communication, and cooperation; family sessions to clarify a problem’s impact on the household; and advocacy that coordinates the efforts of parent, counselor, and school.

Parents most often consider counseling when they feel that, despite long efforts, they have run out of ideas for helping to resolve their children’s problems. By continuing those efforts within the safe, structured context of the counseling process, they can find opportunities to move beyond old solutions that have not worked in the past and discover new ones more likely to work in the future. There are 168 hours in a week. By investing 1 of those hours as a counseling participant, you may help create positive change in your child during the remaining 167.