Helping parents seek professional, expert advice
Parenting poses challenges at the best of times, but if your child or family faces additional complications such as an illness or life change, things can become even harder.
Seeking parenting advice from an experienced, qualified professional can make a huge difference to your family - reducing stress and improving relationships.
Clinical Partners have a team of parenting and family therapists with years of experience helping families like yours. We are the UK’s largest private mental health partnerships and with over 200 clinicians working nationwide, are able to help hundreds of families every year.
How do I know if I need parenting support?
It can be difficult to know when you should seek help, often there isn’t a clear point in time when it becomes clear that support is needed.
Often family life deteriorates slowly and family members may get used to things being difficult. Whilst it’s normal for every family to have its ups and downs, if there are more ‘bad’ days than good, if you feel like you simply don’t know what to do, that you are out of control or if you can see that your child is struggling but don’t know what to try next, it might be time to have a chat with someone who can help.
Parenting support services we offer
We believe that as every family is different there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to providing parenting support.
The following are different ways that parenting support might be helpful for you, but please do ring us to discuss if there is another option you would be interested in and we will see if we can help you.
Specific advice from an expert - If your child or partner has been diagnosed with a mental health condition, you may have many questions you need answering. A consultation with an expert in the field will help you to better understand the condition, provide answers to any questions you have and advise you on how it will impact your parenting.
Parenting techniques - Every child will face their own challenges and many parents will look to books, friends or the internet to find parenting solutions to ease these. Whilst these can be very helpful, there are often times when nothing seems to work. We can arrange for you to have a consultation with a parenting expert, who will work with your individual situation to advise you on the best techniques for your child. They will be able to help you implement these techniques and provide follow up appointments if needed.
Areas that parents commonly seek support with include:
- Low self-esteem concerns
- Bullying or being a bully
- Sleep issues and night time routines
- Eating concerns, picky eating or comfort eating
- Concerns about behaviour – angry outbursts and tantrums
- Bed wetting
- Disruptive behaviour in the home
- How to manage a family break up, death, change of school or house move
General parenting advice - Sometimes all you need is a conversation with an expert about what is going on in your family. It can be hugely helpful to speak to someone with years of experience, who knows what you are going through and will be able to help you ‘see the wood for the trees’. The parenting advisor may recommend that you or your child would benefit from further assistance, or there are relatively small changes that can make all the difference. Our parenting advisors and therapists will be able to help you see the situation clearly and decide on the best course of action.
Clinical Partners have a team of parenting and family therapists who have years of experience helping families like yours. You can talk to our clinical advisors about whether parenting support might be useful for your situation. Appointments are often available within a few days. Call 0203 761 7026 or use the contact us form to request a call back.
What to expect from a parenting session?
Depending on what the needs of your family are and the age of any children, you may meet as a whole family, enabling the therapist to see how the family works as a whole and then have time with the parenting advisor separately.
Teenagers often have individual time with the therapist and this can be immensely helpful in allowing them to speak their minds without ‘fear’ of upsetting other people.
You may feel nervous about seeking help from a parenting expert and this is completely normal. None of us like to feel like we are under ‘scrutiny’ or will be judged for our actions – good parenting support will make you feel neither but rather look at what isn’t working in your family and give you advice on how it can be adjusted.
Often a few sessions, or even just one, are all it takes to improve things dramatically and many families we work with cannot believe the difference it makes.
If you would like to talk to someone about whether parenting support could be useful for you then please call 0203 761 7026 to speak, in confidence, to one of our clinical advisors.