The first session is a parents-only intake session, which will be held either in person or via teleconference. In this session, we will discuss your concerns, your goals, your child’s history, and the current factors that may be contributing to the problems seen. After our intake session, I will conduct either one or two parent/child interaction assessments to gain a better understanding of the interplay between your specific concerns and relational dynamic. In these assessments, you and your child, (and then your partner and your child, if applicable), will engage in various activities together, either in my office or at home in front of the computer, as I watch on the screen and take notes. Following the parent/child interaction assessments, the adults will reconvene for a post-assessment session to discuss my findings, and we will begin exploring recommendations for meeting your goals. The final four or five sessions of the series will be individually tailored to help you meet your family goals. Here, we will explore the proverbial tools in your parenting tool box…what you have, what you need, how to get these tools and start using them, and what to do if for some reason you can’t get ahold of what you need. We focus on the specifics of you and your family here, and my recommendations are always balanced with space to process and digest the greater complexity of parenthood.
When a child presents with behavioral issues that are not better explained by trauma or relational dynamics, it is important to discuss sleep and nutrition. When trauma and relational dynamics are ruled out, we get down to basics in this series and explore how your child’s body and brain might be responding to foods and sleep patterns.