Parents + Caregivers
Invest in Your Kids
We can imagine that this might be an uncertain time for you. You may be wanting to help your child and you have tried many things but it hasn’t always worked.
We believe you are doing the best you can with the knowledge you have. You want the best for your child and so do we. Our alliance and collaboration will be very important as we move through the counselling process.
We are very compassionate and non-judgemental therapists and are here to support you. We provide objectivity that many parents can't while emersed in the parent-child relationship. Therapists at Kindred Counselling have significant knowledge in child and youth development and have been working with children and youth for many years.
Although we do not do individual counselling with parents/guardians, or traditional family therapy, we can refer you to another clinician or support program if you feel you are in need of those services. There are many therapists and family counsellors out there that specialize in this area if you are seeking your own support and parenting support.
We Help Parents By Offering
Psycho-education (information about the psychological issue their child is dealing with)
Consultations about ways you can connect to your child to enhance your parent-child relationship. We believe that having a healthy, meaningful relationship with your child will go miles to help them adjust to current and future challenges.
HOMEWORK, typically activities to support your child or for parenting development
EMDR services to parents/guardians for “parenting triggers”. Often times your child will trigger you and you might find yourself overreacting or acting in a way you aren’t proud of. Doing this starts a negative back and forth between you and your child. That’s what EMDR for parenting triggers can be helpful. As you desensitize these triggers you will begin to react differently toward your child and start re-patterning the interaction you have when they are disregulated. You will begin to role model self-regulation and be able to help them regulate instead of making things worse. This is particularly important as the parent/guardian must be able to assess their role and contribution to their child’s issue and be honest and open about this so they can receive feedback and discuss solutions with the therapist.
Parents/guardians play an important role in the counselling process, as they are an integral part of the child's world and have much more influence than the therapist. Therefore, it is important for parents/guardians to support their child throughout their therapy process to maximize therapeutic results.
We also believe self-care for you is important. Often times we are too hard on ourselves and do not allow time for personal care. We often “should” ourselves. “I should have done this; I should have said that”. Beating yourself up is not helpful for you or your child. Be gentle with yourself and prioritize your needs the way you likely do with so many others.
Kindred Counselling is located at:
Boundary View Plaza
The Enterprise Centre, Suite 201 3701 E Hastings St, Burnaby, BC