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If you’ve been experiencing any of the challenging behaviours outlined in the introduction and are at your wits end then these sessions may be for you. The aim would be to help you to develop healthier patterns of relating and communicating so you and your child feel more connected. I would help you have a better understanding of your child’s emotional life so that you make deeper emotional connections with each other. This would help your child recover from trauma and hence lesson the behaviours that have been troubling you both. These sessions are informed by the Dyadic Developmental Parenting  approach and in these sessions I would:

SUPPORT 

you on an emotional level and encourage you to self care so you are better able to care for and support your child or young person.

 

LISTEN,

empathise with and encourage you so that they you feel more confident about helping your child or young person with their difficulties.

 

PROVIDE 

you with a greater understanding of the psychological impact of trauma, abuse and/or neglect on your child or young person.

 

EMPOWER 

you and build up your confidence so you are able to initiate change where needed.

 

IMPROVE 

relationships and attachments within your family so that it feels stronger and more resilient.

 

THINK 

about your own attachment history to gain a better understanding of how your child may be triggering this history

 

PREPARE 

you, if appropriate, for dyadic sessions with your child.

 

ENCOURAGE 

the use of therapeutic, empathic parenting approaches that are more suited to developmentally traumatised children or young people than traditional approaches and include:

Parent/Carer Mentoring

ACTIVE LISTENING

TIME IN (RATHER THAN TIME OUT)

SPECIAL TIME

Parenting with PACE (PLAYFULNESS, ACCEPTANCE, CURIOSITY, EMPATHY)

ESTABLISHING ROUTINE AND STRUCTURE

KEEPING CALM WHILST BEING ASSERTIVE

REWARDING POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR

ESTABLISHING SAFETY

EMOTIONAL CONNECTION BEFORE CORRECTION

"Every abandonment, every betrayal, every hateful act towards children returns tenfold a few decades later upon the historical stage, while every empathic act that helps a child become what he or she wants to become, every expression of love towards children heals society and moves it in unexpected, wondrous new directions"

Lloyd de Mause