Parenting can be a difficult task which requires many different skills and an ability to be flexible in using those skills over time.
Problems can arise for a variety of reasons and often relate to difficulties in school, sibling struggles and transition periods (such as moving house or changing schools) which result in a change in behaviour at home. Sometimes difficulties with family relationships can result in upset and cause behavioural changes like withdrawal, or acting out.
When children show a negative change in behaviour this can be a sign of emotional upset such as anger, frustration or sadness. It can be difficult to encourage them to talk as they may not understand what is wrong themselves, or have the words to express their feelings. This can leave parents feeling frustrated, confused or helpless when trying to deal with such changes.
Anna can draw upon her many years of experience of working with children to help you explore underlying causes behind any parenting problems. Her non-judgemental approach will encourage you to look at the positive aspects of your relationship with your children as well as trying to understand the difficulties that have arisen.
Using CBT she will help you to analyse your parenting skills and build upon those skills that work well as well as considering other skills that might be helpful. You will work together to identify when the problems arose and what else was happening at the time. Anna will challenge your assumptions about parenting and you will also be asked to consider what you would like the relationship to be like, and what you think your children would like the relationship to be like.