When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it is our job to share our calm , not join their chaos – LR Knost.
Co-Parenting therapy can help you protect your child from parental conflict.
If you have children together, it’s likely you will need to think about how you can transition your relationship from that of spouses to effective and amicable co-parents. Co-parenting therapy gives you a safe and neutral space to begin the foundations of this new relationship. I am able to support you through the difficult conversations; helping you to develop healthy communication that will save you many years of upset.
As adults, it’s important for you to be able to manage your own emotions away from your children so that they can continue to have good relationships with both of you. That’s often easier said than done. It’s likely that one or both of you are feeling hurt and quite probable that you have very different ideas about what’s best for the children now that you are separating.
Co-Parenting Therapy gives you the time and space to turn your divorce into an opportunity to teach your children about managing emotions healthily and dealing with conflict in a constructive way. It also ensures you are able to deal with your children’s reactions without taking it personally. I can help you with:
Giving you a space to work through difficult emotions, on your own or together as co-parents
There are few times in life where we are under such pressure and still need to work together closely with someone who has hurt us. Co-parenting therapy helps to take some of the pressure off by breaking the process down into manageable steps, giving you space to voice the pain you’re feeling and keeping a focus on moving forwards in your new role as co-parents.
Developing a new, respectful way to communicate as co-parents
It’s all too easy to fall into the “blame game”. It’s his fault because… you wouldn’t have done that if she hadn’t said this… and so on.
Co-parenting therapy gives you the framework to step out of that endless cycle and into a healthy way of communicating that clearly separates fault (who did what wrong and why) and responsibility (who needs to do what to put it right and move forwards).
I can also help if you think you might be dealing with parental alienation – whether you’re the parent who feels alienated or whether you’re afraid your emotions might be negatively impacting your children.
Setting healthy and appropriate boundaries to reduce feelings of resentment.
Every co-parenting arrangement is going to be different – and that’s a good thing. You are individual people and your children have different needs to every other child. Healthy boundaries tell eachother what behaviour you expect and what will happen if these aren’t respected. If one co-parent is constantly pushing these boundaries, the other is certain to feel resentment which will be damaging to the co-parenting relationship.
Co-parenting therapy can help you decide what works for you both to give this the best chance of success.
Book an appointment today.