Are you having trouble to dealing with a toddler in your life?
Are you struggling to understand your teenager?
If so then I can help you navigate this sometimes difficult stages.
My early career began working and being trained in child and family support first in London, then in Sydney and the Mid north coast of NSW.
I spent twelve years in this field, working with troubled children as a recreation officer with children and adolescents, as well as running a long day care centre.
In Sydney I worked for Dr Barnados helping children to either be reunited with their families, or where this was not possible interviewing prospective foster parents. I also spent many years working in out of school care and as a teacher’s aide in primary and high schools assisting children with special needs.
Being a mother of three adult children and a trained child and family therapist with many years experience, I can share my knowledge and experience with parents and support them in doing the most difficult but most rewarding job in the world.
Children are a joy and a blessing, but they can also bring elements of stress into your world, which can negatively affect your relationships.
In the office I work with children aged from ten years upwards. I have counselled many teenagers over the years and from working with them I understand that you need firstly to build a relationship with them so that they learn to trust you and feel comfortable to disclose what is troubling them.
Trained in mediation as well adolescent counselling I offer a mediation service to parents of adolescents who are finding it difficult to communicate and agree on such issues as curfews, screen time etc.
Adolescence is a time where children are learning to become adults, often a time of raging hormones and confusion.
It presents many challenges both physiological and psychological.
The young person moves from being part of a family group to being part of a peer group. This can be challenging for parents particularly with the first child wanting to spend most of their free time with their friends. This is a developmental process and what we would expect an adolescent to do.
This is not a time for parents to be their child’s friend, but they need guidance to steer them to become adults.
If the teenage years are navigated successfully on both sides and conflict addressed and resolved, this then will make the foundation for parents and adult children to have a mutually connected relationship in the future.
Sessions can be held either at your home or in my offices.
For first time callers, I offer a free, confidential, 15 minute conversation.
I offer Clinic Appointments in Bangalow and Ballina.
Please call to schedule your appointment.
Contact Phone: 0438 695 310
Mobile Service Area
I also offer a mobile service, for counselling, workshops and speaking engagements to all areas within the Northern Rivers, including;
- Byron Bay
Telephone and Internet Counselling
I work with many people around Australia and the World via the Telephone and Internet.
Please make contact so that we can begin.