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Psychology for Parents

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I want to be a Happy and calmer parent more of the time
In control of my parenting
Cope with the stress that comes with raising kids
Be a well-informed parent from infancy to early adulthood
Able to set age appropriate Boundaries with your kids
Feel less guilt when you say No to your kids  
Give them $$ & gifts when they deserve it, not just because they asked✓✓
Argue less & cop less attitude
Get kids to help out more around the house
Raise Resilient kids (bouncing back after a difficulty
Raise confident kids with good self esteem
Support kids through adversity (sickness, bullying, learning difficulties)
Raise kids that will do the right thing in your absence
Raise kids who will look after you when you are old 

 

 

We hold the assumption, that under the majority of circumstances, parents have the best interest of their child at heart and try to do the best they can in parenting their children.

 

When “expecting” your first child, parents are highly motivated, reading ‘pregnancy books’ and ‘what to expect during labour and in the first year’. The hard labour really starts when the infant is born. Most parents are “winging it”, relying on the blueprint of parenting that our own parents have left on us.

 

Play with them (0-7); Guide them (7-14); Be their friend (14+) – this is a lovely parenting model. 

 

Parenting is an emotional rollercoaster, filled with joyous moments and of course moments of great challenge. We have to cope with different genders and different ages and stages and parent accordingly. We are so fortunate to parent in a time when information and research on Betterparentingis widely available. 

 

Parenting is the hardest but most important job in the world. If you are a parent you deserve to get as much support as you like in creating a fulfilling relationship with your children. 

 

Making the decision to seek the expertise of a Psychologist, we know is a gutsy but proactive step for many parents.  Parents who do choose to improve their parenting are essentially good parents who want to be better parents who have access to specific information that will help them to parent more effectively conserving energy and raising happy, resilient and well mannered kids.

 

You HOPE change is possible. You’re at our website, that’s a great start. We want you to start to believe that CHANGE is possible.

 

You want to feel in control of your parenting so that you are able to make better decisions for your children’s emotional health and your child’s success.

 

It is important to us that you feel comfortable, safe and supported using the process of counselling to look at your parenting.

 

COMMON CHALLENGES FACED BY PARENTS.

Email us and quote your “problem” either from the list below or other and we will send you a free brief report giving you real strategies to start changing the way you deal with the problem bringing you so much closer to resolving it.

 

Post Natal Counseling: Coping with babies, toddlers and teens.

  • Super-MUM or SuperDAD Fatigue Syndrome (we made that one up, but we see it all the time)
  • Co-parenting (learning to parent when together, learning to parent when separated)
  • Work / Family balance  –related issues
  • Setting age-appropriate limits on children’s or adolescents behaviour
  • Managing Cultural and religious parenting expectations
  • Managing Grandparent over-involvement in parenting
  • When to say Yes & No to your kids to help them gain control of their lives
  • Overcoming parental guilt in saying No to children and adolescents
  • Helping our children develop character, talents and a love of learning
  • Developing confidence and being a more assertive parent
  • Parenting Self Care
  • Parenting Low Self esteem (acceptance of self)
  • Work/ Life imbalance
  • Work & Financial Stress and it’s impact on parenting effectiveness
  • Parenting after one’s own experience of childhood sexual abuse
  • Parenting after Trauma (Car accidents, witnessed or experienced violence)
  • Parenting after Domestic Violence (Getting out, letting go and moving forward)
  • Managing behavioral issues in children, adolescents or partners  ;)
  • Anger management (yours or your child’s)
  • Anxiety (Generalised, Socially nervous, Panic Attacks, Phobias, Separation, Obsessive-compulsive, Post Trauma)
  • Moody to Mood disorders (Depression)
  • Boundaries Boundaries & more Boundaries
  • Effective parenting across your child’s lifespan.
  • Managing negative emotions such as fears, anger, anxiety, stress, separation anxiety
  • Managing Obesity and Weight Loss in children sensitively
  • Life transitional issues (Moving house or job, entering marriage or parenthood, big kids moving out)
  • Parenting after Relationship or marital difficulties
  • Grief and loss (Marital or parental Separation, death of a loved one)
  • Parenting with Chronic Pain & medical health issues
  • Family Conflict (In-Laws, Parent/Adolescent, Siblings, Adult Child/Elderly Parent)
  • Parenting after Drug and alcohol use or other addictions
  • Parenting children with drug and alcohol issues

 

How will counselling benefit me?

Like most of us, we choose self-reliance and other forms of coping (healthy and harmful) until the problem gets worse, or we find ourselves in a bit of a crisis. For most people seeing a Psychologist is not the first strategy they choose in solving a problem, but we believe that you will come to view it as a rewarding and valuable investment of your time and energy & if you don’t we will give you a box of Australian-made NUTFREE chocolate as a token of appreciation for trying our service.

 

With the use of evidence-based positive psychological techniques and strategies, our experienced psychologists use a down-to-earth approach that will assist you or your child/adolescent to increase knowledge of self (mindset & character strengths) and healthy coping which are valuable psychological tools, essential for improving emotional intelligence, resilience and healthy living that maximise opportunities for resolving the problems that prompted you to consult with us.

 

Our approach to working with clients involves acknowledging and utilising your life experience, your intellectual and emotional assets and character strengths at a time when you might feel under-resourced and not able to cope.

 

Our approach acknowledges that despite how you feel (out of control, sad, depressed, anxious, angry, lonely, overwhelmed, guilty, tired, etc..), we will teach you that you already possess many strategies that have stopped the problem from getting worse. We will tweak your strategies or give them a major overhaul, depending on what’s needed to help you achieve what you want to see more of in your parenting.

 

The counselling process provides for most parents insight about their situation and personal growth is an inevitable by-product. By sharing your parenting story, we can assist you to analyse, reframe and challenge existing habits and beliefs that hold you back from BetterParenting

 

Fees

(The APS 2015 recommended fee is $278/45-60minute consultation. Nasihah’s fees are as below.)

50min

$165

50min (concession card)

$135

Ph Appt or Skype 30min

$70

Ph Appt or Skype 60min

$165

 

 

IQ Assessments

From $600.00

Psych-Legal Reports

From $1100.00 (Will accept Legal Aid referrals)

 

Payments for psychological counselling appointments must be made by cash and we have EFTPOS facilities for your convenience.  Payment by credit cards will attract a 2% surcharge.

 

BULK BILLING may apply for health care card holders. This will be left to the discretion of your Psychologist at the time of the first appointment.

Making an Appointment

  • Call the clinic by phoning (03) 9351-1166. Our receptionist Maryam will ask your name and a contact phone number. If you are able, please briefly state the nature of the problem you wish to address so we can allocate you to the most appropriate specialist within our clinic.

  • They will also ask you whether you have a referral from your GP, which is called a Mental Health Treatment Plan (2710) or Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC). This referral is optional and can depend on eligibility criteria. If you are eligible, the Medicare rebate will substantially reduce your out of pocket cost for our service.

  • The reception staff will also ask whether you are seeking counselling or assessment under any paid health scheme such as TAC, Workcover, Private Health Insurance, VOCAT, Legal Aid or another organisation. If this is the case the supporting documentation that states your eligibility will need to be faxed to the clinic prior to your first appointment. Fax: 9351-1165.

  • The reception staff will arrange a time for your first appointment. It is expected that you will be seen by a Psychologist within a week or 2 of first contacting the Clinic.

ARE THERE BI-LINGUAL COUNSELLORS AVAILABLE?

Within our culturally and linguistically diverse, we have Arabic & Turkish speaking counsellors.

 

Other face2face services include Group Programs (hyper link to FREE WORKSHOP page)

 

BetterParenting: A training Course helping parents to be confident in being a role model and setting Age-appropriate Boundaries with Kids

 

iSHINE: A Self Esteem Program for Girls

 

Women's Wellbeing Program: A Self acceptance therapy group for Women to overcome Depression & Anxiety