Parenting Therapy

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Are You A Father Who’s Experiencing Power Struggles With Your Kids?

Do you feel like you can’t get through to your children, no matter what you try?

Have they been refusing to go to bed on time and breaking your household rules?

Do you wish you had more guidance and support with your parenting?

Maybe you’ve found it harder and harder to communicate with your kids as they’ve gotten older and more independent. Perhaps they’re using screen time too much, refusing to do their homework, and talking disrespectfully to you. The more you try to get them to listen and obey, the more they push back. As a result, you may find yourself stuck in a never-ending power struggle. For the first time, you may be considering counseling for fathers. 

These Challenges Could Be Even Tougher If You’re A Single Father

If you’re raising your kids by yourself, it’s normal to experience frustration and doubts about your parenting. You’ve got a lot on your plate—you have to take care of household responsibilities and offer emotional support on top of being the sole financial provider. All of this can be incredibly draining. Because of how busy and stretched thin you are, you might feel like you never have enough time to spend with your kids. Questions like “Am I a bad parent?” and “What if I’m not there for my kids enough?” could keep you up at night. 

At Inner Healing Therapy, we recognize that you’re doing the best you can to raise your children and we’re here to support you and encourage you. With our help, we’re confident that you can strengthen your parenting skills by connecting with your children on a deeper level so that you can enjoy the parenting journey more. 

“Enter into children’s play and you will find the place where their minds, hearts, and souls meet.”

-Virginia Axline

You’re Not Alone In Your Parenting Stress

Let’s face it: parenting is hard. It’s a journey filled with highs and lows and it’s completely normal to struggle along the way. Parenthood doesn’t come with a manual—there is no set-in-stone method for raising your kids because every child is different. This is what makes the experience of parenting challenging, but it’s also what makes it rewarding. There is wisdom in accepting that it’s a process of constant learning and adjusting. 

All too often, when parents feel at a loss for answers, they resort to parenting the way that they were parented. It’s only natural to fall back on what’s familiar. The problem is that what works for one child may not work for another. Many parents tell their children, “When I was a kid, I always obeyed my parents.” But part of parenting effectively means accepting that your children will be different from you and knowing how to navigate those differences. 

Fathers In Today’s World Are Overwhelmed With Demands And Responsibilities

In our busy, fast-paced modern society, many fathers struggle to balance the demands of their job with their responsibilities as parents. Long working hours make it hard to have a healthy work-life balance and spend quality time with children. The pervasiveness of technology and screens adds to parental stress. Parents often struggle to regulate their kids’ screen time and figure out “How much is too much?” when it comes to electronics. 

On top of all that, social media has created a “compare-and-despair” culture among parents. Many parents feel pressured to live up to idealized standards of perfect parenting, because they are so used to seeing parents who seem to “have it all together” all over Instagram and Facebook.

But despite what your social media feed may tell you, there are so many parents struggling just like you. There is no shame in not being able to do it all yourself—it’s both commendable and courageous to accept extra support.

Parenting Therapy Can Help Fathers Like You Connect With The True Essence Of Their Children 

Where there is connection there is very little need for correction. This is the basic philosophy that guides our approach to parenting therapy. When you can connect with your children in a deep, authentic, and meaningful way, there’s very little need for correcting them or imposing consequences. That’s because children are more likely to listen and obey when they feel seen, heard, and understood for who they are.

At Inner Healing Therapy, our goal is to give you parenting skills that allow you to connect with the true essence of your children. We offer counseling services for parents who are both single and in partnerships and we work with both individuals and couples. If you think it would benefit you to have your partner or spouse come to parenting therapy with you, they are more than welcome to!

What To Expect In
Parent Counseling Sessions

As a practice, we use principles from the Conscious Parenting style to help fathers struggling with parenting. What’s unique about the Conscious Parenting approach is that it does not prescribe specific rules and tools for all parents to use. The traditional method of parenting is often based on control, fear and punishment.

In contrast, the conscious parenting method focuses on connecting with your children and understanding the reasons for their behavior. It teaches the most fundamental skill of parenting, which is to connect with the true essence of your child, because when there’s connection, there’s little need for punishment and the power struggles begin to disappear.

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This deeper connection happens through open communication and conscious play. After all, play is the language of children—it’s how they communicate their needs, wants, and fears. By learning to get on your child’s level and talk to them and play with them more thoughtfully, playfully, and intentionally, you can begin to understand them on a deeper level. And once you understand your child, it becomes much easier to meet their emotional needs. 

In the end, what every child needs most is to be loved for who they are. At Inner Healing Therapy, that’s what we’re all about. We want to help you deepen your connection with your children and improve your relationship with them as a result.

You May Have Some Questions About Parenting Counseling…

If I seek parenting therapy, does that mean I’m failing as a parent? 

Rest assured—seeking help does not mean you’re failing! Parenting is an incredibly challenging journey filled with so many ups and downs and twists and turns. Seeking guidance is a courageous and responsible step. Think of parenting therapy as a valuable resource, a tool that can help you navigate the difficulties of raising your child. Your decision to seek help is a testament to your love for them. 

If my therapist isn’t from my cultural background, will they understand and respect my parenting values?

Absolutely! Our therapists recognize the significance of cultural diversity and respect the unique values that each family brings to the table. If at any point you feel that your cultural background is not fully understood or respected, don’t hesitate to communicate that with your therapist. We are open to feedback and want to create an environment that’s as supportive as possible for you. 

If I make changes to my parenting style, will that have a negative impact on my relationship with my child? 

Change, when it comes from a place of love and a desire to strengthen your connection, can be an incredibly positive force. Making changes to your parenting style doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. Instead, it can help you meet the emotional needs of your child and be more present and intentional in your interactions with them.

“Conscious parenting means that in our interactions with our children, we ask: Am I dealing with my child in an aware manner or am I being triggered by my past?”

-Dr. Shefali Tsabary

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Deepen Your Love For Your Children And Bring Peace Back Into The Home

If you’re tired of being stuck in power struggles with your children, we would be honored to help you become a more effective parent so you can texperience more joy from parenting. To learn more about our approach to counseling for fathers, you can use the contact page or call 818-748-9977 to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation.

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