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Being a parent can be challenging at the best of times. But if your child has additional complications such as an illness or unexpected diagnosis, things can become even more testing.

Seeking parenting advice from an experienced, qualified professional can make a huge difference, but knowing when the right time to seek support is - or where to turn - can be a challenge in itself.

On this page, we break things down so you know your options, and can make the choice that's right for your family in complete confidence.


How do I know if I need parenting support?

Every family has its ups and downs and knowing when to seek support is difficult. Change can happen slowly and over long periods of time, and this can make things easy to miss. Often, there isn’t a clear point when it becomes clear that support is needed.

If there are more bad days than good, if you feel like you simply don’t know what to do, or if you feel out of control, it might be time to have a chat with someone who can help.


Areas that parents commonly seek support with include:

  • Low self-esteem concerns
  • Bullying or being a bully
  • Sleep issues and nighttime routines
  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Eating concerns, picky eating or comfort eating
  • Concerns about behaviour – angry outbursts and tantrums
  • Bedwetting
  • Disruptive behaviour in the home
  • How to manage a family break up, death, change of school or house move


Provide the appropriate level of support

Ideally, teachers who spend a lot of time with the student should endeavour to equip themselves with adequate knowledge of ADHD. And it's important that any support given is at the right level to support the child's specific challenges.

Children with ADHD usually manage much better with one-to-one attention. If possible, we recommend using an experienced learning support assistant, who will often provide a higher level of one-to-one help.


What are my options for parenting support?

Every family is unique, which means there's no one-size-fits-all approach to providing support. The following are different ways that parenting support might be helpful for you, but please do ring us to discuss if there's another option you'd like to discuss - we'll always do our best to help.


Specific advice from an expert

It's normal to have lots of questions when your child or partner has been diagnosed with a mental health condition. A consultation with a specialist can help you 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 help. This approach can be very helpful, but there are also times when nothing seems to work.

If you'd like additional support, we can arrange 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.


General parenting advice

Sometimes all you need is a conversation with an expert about what's happening in your family. It can be hugely helpful to speak to an experienced specialist who will be able to help you see things more clearly, and explain your options. It could be that you or your child would benefit from further assistance, or make small changes that can make all the difference.


What to expect from a parenting session?

Depending on the needs of your family and the age of your children, you may meet as a whole family. This will help the therapist see how the family works as a whole and then have time with the parenting advisor separately.

Teenagers might have individual time with the therapist, and this can be very 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. No one likes to feel under scrutiny or judged. Our approach is completely non-judgemental. Our specialists create a neutral space to look at what isn’t working in your family and how adjustments might help.

Occasionally, one session is all it needs. However, it usually takes a few sessions to improve things dramatically - and many families we work with cannot believe the difference it makes.


Call us in complete confidence

Our diverse team of parenting and family therapists have years of experience helping families with all types of challenges and from all backgrounds. Call us confidentially on 020 3761 7026 and one of our clinical advisors will listen before providing their recommendations for support.

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