PSYCHOLOGY FOR PARENTS

Equipping you to support your child

Improving communication with your child

Understanding family and friend dynamics

Building resilience and well-being

A Psychology Toolkit for Parents

Improving communication and building your child’s resilience

Whether your child is dealing with a specific issue or you want to improve communication and understanding, I will give you the tools you need to feel more confident in supporting them, whatever challenge they face.

Understanding family dynamics and improving communication

Drawing on principles of Psychology, I will help you gain a deeper understanding of family dynamics – whether that be in the context of parents and carers, or siblings and other relatives. 

As we apply these models to your specific circumstances, you will not only better appreciate the workings of your own family interactions, but will also be able to use these to help your child negotiate friendships and other relationships in the future.

To improve communication, we can also work through some Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques to help with perspective taking and empathy, as well as considering how to change unhelpful communication patterns to increase understanding between you and your child.

Managing your child through anxiety or heightened emotions

I will help you to identify how you can best support your child when he/she is experiencing anxiety or is struggling to manage their emotions. 

Not only will I help you to identify practical actions, but I will also work with you to increase your self-awareness so that you are able to manage your own thoughts, feelings and behaviours in those moments.  This will mean that you are better positioned to support your child, and will also feel calmer and more in control.

Managing a competitive child

I will support you to get the best out of your child, helping you to build their coping skills so that they are more resilient in the face of set-backs.  I will help you to understand their mindset, and the impact that this can have on their attitude to challenge and perseverance, considering also how the language and actions of those around them can impact on their mentality.

We will also explore different facets of motivation, helping you to safeguard their mental well-being by ensuring that their desire to win does not overshadow their enjoyment.

Supporting your child through change

Whether your child is moving schools, adapting to life with a new sibling or adjusting to new family circumstances, I will help you to identify the factors that you can influence to support them through their transition.

Depending on the nature of the change, we may cover family dynamics, motivation, or their basic psychological needs, so that you are not only equipped with practical techniques to help them adapt, but also feel more positive and confident in keeping communication open and safeguarding their well-being.

Training: Psychology skills for Parents

In addition to working 1:1, I also provide Psychology Skills for Parents training in groups covering topics such as Moving to Secondary School, Sports Psychology for Parents, Resilience and Coping Skills, Motivation and Building Confidence. 

If there is a specific issue that you would like to be covered then please do get in touch and I would be happy to develop a bespoke session.

How do I know if Psychology for Parents is right for me?

I struggle to get through to my child

Using psychological models and techniques, I can help you to better understand where communication between yourself and your child may break down.  This will enable you to gain objectivity, become more self-aware and provide you with new tools to change the way in which you interact with each other.

I’m worried about my child being too competitive

I will help you to understand their mindset and will work with you to identify practical steps you can take to help them develop their coping skills and emotional regulation.  This will help relieve pressure, make them more resilient and ensure that their competitiveness doesn’t overshadow their enjoyment.

My partner and I take different approaches to dealing with my child

Drawing on principles of Psychology, I will help you to view your family dynamics through a fresh pair of eyes.  I can support you in identifying how family roles and interactions impact on your child so that you feel clearer on the steps you can take to break unhelpful patterns and to improve communication and understanding.

My child is about to start a new school

Covering theories of transition and well-being, I will help you to understand the psychological and practical ways in which you can support your child through any major change.  This will help you to feel more focused and pro-active, as well as calmer and more in control yourself.

I don’t know how to help my child with their anxiety

I will help you gain greater clarity about your child’s experience of anxiety as well as to consider how to manage your own reactions when you see them struggling. 

Based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapies, I will support you develop strategies so that you feel better equipped and more assured.

My Approach

While I do work with children directly, my aim is to give parents and carers the psychological tools to support their children as they grow.

I am fascinated by family dynamics and I offer parents and carers models through which they can better understand their own family interactions.  By encouraging parents to take a step back, they can get perspective and view family communications more objectively, increasing self-awareness and empathy and revealing where changes can be made to make communication more effective.

I also bring my sports Psychology experience for parents’ benefit as they begin to identify their child’s mindset and recognise ways in which they can support them in dealing with anxiety, self-pressure and competitiveness.

How It Works

Schedule a Free 1:1

I will listen to what you want to achieve with your child, and some of the things you are struggling with.

I will also give you an idea of how I might be able to help you and answer any question that you may have.

Book regular or ad hoc sessions

Depending on the sort of support you would like we can either schedule regular sessions, or else book appointments as and when you need them. 

Each session is an hour, and I work face to face, by phone or by zoom. Some evening and weekend slots are also available.

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Start seeing the changes

As a result of working together, you will begin to feel better equipped to communicate with your child and to help them deal with their challenges.

You will also notice a shift in yourself as you become more self-aware, and feel that you can apply the same strategies to bolster your own resilience, self-esteem and well-being.

Testimonials

“Lisa gives me the space to explore the topic at hand and her skilful questioning enables me to find a new perspective and get clarity.  Every session is time well spent”

“I feel now more than before that I am the only thing holding me back.  Lisa has helped me unscramble my thoughts and help me to disregard negative untruths about myself.”

“After every session I feel I have come away with something positive and useful and I like the fact that we set small goals to achieve before the next one.”

Get In Touch!

Whether you want to book a session or are still mulling things over, please do get in touch so that we can explore how we might work together.
 
I look forward to hearing from you – by phone or email, whatever you are most comfortable with.
 
Lisa

Email

lisa@lisachristie.co.uk

Call

07976 094495

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