Parenting Counseling Services

Becoming a parent is transformative and a major life transition.

It is okay and very common for people to find the transition to parenthood to be difficult. There are so many resources and opinions available – many of which contradict one another – about the best way to parent. It can all be so overwhelming!

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It’s not only about what is happening at home, but also school, activities and friends.

You want your children to have the best life they can. It can be a lot of pressure that you put on yourself.

Each child is different and interacts with you and other caretakers in a unique way. Learning to embrace your own style and identify what works best for you and your child(ren) takes practice and patience.

Let’s work together to identify what the best strategies are for you and for your child.

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How we’ll use the strength-based approach to help you feel more secure in your parenting style:

  • Exploring your current state to identify necessary and realistic strategies that align with your unique style and goals as a parent.
  • Developing skills to navigate the many aspects and responsibilities of parenting.
  • Restoring balance and setting intentions for personal growth.
  • Learning to develop realistic habits that will help you take care of yourself physically, socially, and emotionally while still juggling the many demands of being a parent.
  • Developing a more balanced perspective of yourself and your abilities as a parent.
What to expect from counseling for parenting

We create a unique counseling process that is tailored to each person’s strengths and experiences.

Counseling is meant to be a time of self-exploration and growth. Your clinician will tailor treatment to your specific needs based on your goals and what you would like to achieve. Counseling has the potential to be short-term or long-term based on your individual needs.

Sustained progress can be made in as few as 8 weekly sessions, but most people find that they need treatment for a minimum of several months. We encourage you to attend weekly sessions, as this allows you to establish a close working relationship with your clinician and to make progress more quickly. Our hope is for you to reach your goals sooner rather than later so that you can live the life you desire.

Both before and during your first session, you will be asked to provide information about yourself and your reasons for seeking counseling. During the first session, your clinician will briefly review Restorative Counseling’s policies so that you are aware of your rights as a client and can ask any questions you may have. The primary focus of the intake process is to discuss your personal, social, family, and educational history to help give your clinician an overall picture of who you are. Goals for treatment will be discussed and your clinician will provide insight into how they conduct counseling sessions.

In addition to learning about you, the Intake process is a time for you to learn about your clinician. It is important that you feel they are the right fit for your style and needs. We encourage you to ask questions so you can be clear on what to expect from your clinician.

The intake session(s) typically lasts 55-60 minutes.

Working with you, your clinician will help you explore the sources of your difficulties and develop helpful strategies to address your concerns. Your clinician will provide a space for you to identify your strengths and difficulties. You will be empowered to decide what works best for you and what changes you are ready to make.

Ongoing sessions are 45-53 minutes, depending on your insurance plan.

As you move through the counseling process, you and your clinician will discuss your progress. Once it has been decided that you have achieved your goals, you and your clinician will discuss terminating services. These final few sessions will focus on reviewing the progress you have made and how you can continue to maintain these changes moving forward.

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Meet our clinician who offers Parenting counseling services:

Katie Jackson-Griffin, LCPC

I am passionate about guiding you to love yourself and build up your resilience to take on all of life’s challenges.

Imagine being able to spend more time connecting than correcting.

You have the abilities to be the parent you always envisioned yourself to be. We will work to help you identify your unique challenges and identify ways to help bridge the gap from where you are to where you want to be.