It is worrisome and heartbreaking as a parent to know your child or teen is struggling and to watch it affect their daily life. It is common as a parent to have a gut feeling that something is wrong but not know for certain what the problem might be. At night, you wonder if your child is having a hard time adapting to a separation, divorce, friends or school. You think about their symptoms—such as anger, anxiety, depression, defiance, or impulsivity. You suspect your teen is not sleeping, spending too much time on technology, hurting themselves or turning away from you and towards something dangerous. Maybe the problem is more obvious: for example, someone close to them died, they have a developmental problem, or they tell you they are being bullied. Whether the problem is uncertain or clear, the solutions are not forthcoming and you begin to wonder if you need help.
You might have thought about the benefits of counselling before but you worry about the expense. You know that family communication needs to improve, but you think counselling means being forced to have difficult conversations that might make things worse. You want to help your teen, but you are concerned that taking your teen to counselling means you are failing as a parent.
At Family TLC, we have seen counselling strengthen relationships and improve family communication. Coming to Family TLC means bringing your family to a counselling professional who knows how to build a safe, therapeutic alliance, allowing your child to open up to the problems and discover their solutions. Your teen will find strength, coping strategies, and relief. You will learn how to complement the counselling through your day to day parenting.
Contact Family TLC for your free intake, so you can be matched up with the counselling professional who will best meet your child, teen or family needs.
You will speak with Family TLC client services. They will help you decide if your child or teen needs their own child or youth counsellor or if family counselling is a better fit for your situation. Either way, whoever is coming for counselling will go through a free intake, which consists of a telephone call and completion of online forms.