“It has become clear to me over many years of practice that even well-meaning parents are prisoners of their own histories and trauma, and this history inevitably influences their approach to parenting.”
The journey of parenthood is a uniquely satisfying and fulfilling experience for each parent, with different challenges presenting at various stages - I recognise that it is normal for parenting to feel effortless at some times, and immensely overwhelming, confusing, demanding, and emotionally exhausting at other times. Furthermore, I have come to understand that we do not parent in isolation of our own experiences of being parented. There may be times when you, in the role of the parent, may be triggered into recalling painful and confusing memories from your own childhood.
I have found that providing an emotionally supportive and non-judgmental space can be extremely beneficial in helping parents cope with everyday stressors. Additionally, during sessions, I endeavour to provide a gentle and encouraging space in which to explore your own feelings about the way you were parented, as well as how these past experiences may be influencing your current relationship with your child. The aim of parental counselling is to provide you, the parent, with the necessary support, knowledge, and guidance to develop further insight into your own parenting style and to ultimately enhance your relationship with your child.