Parenthood is an epic journey, and children don't come with a roadmap.
Parents often get lost and turned around as they face the many challenges, and twist and turns, of their parenthood journey. This is especially true for parents navigating with a child who is struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.
Anxiety, depression, anger, defiance, behavioural challenges, stress, and problems at school are all real hurdles many children and families face today. A child struggling with Mental Health will often have a ripple effect on the entire family, causing overwhelm and chaos throughout the entire home. Here is what Counting Butterflies' Village Mama shared:
When we moved, and my son started his new school we saw a big difference in him. He was moodier and spent a lot of time in his room. It was hard for us to know how to help. When we did try to talk to him, we always seemed to say the wrong things. He seemed mad at us. But then he wouldn’t want to leave us to go to school. We felt completely confused and lost. To add to this, we also had are own emotions and difficulties to deal with. Our marriage was strained with our new family dynamic. And I certainly felt the sole responsibility to ‘fix’ all the emotions in the house- but I was dealing with my own sadness. I was exhausted. ~ K.E.
Connecting with your child and family through the chaos that comes when your child is struggling with their Mental Health can be one of the biggest challenges you will face.
Parents who come to see us will share that they are:
Tired and frustrated of daily battles with their child;
Frustrated about how things aren't getting any better despite what other parents tell them;
Scared they are making things worse;
Feeling guilty that they are causing the problem;
Confused as to whether they are using the right approach;
Constantly arguing with their spouse as to how to handle the problem;
Tired of trying things that don't seem to work, and are too hard to keep up;
Lonely because they feel they can't tell anyone just how bad things have gotten.
Are any of those feelings landing for you today? How else has your child's struggles with Mental Health impacted your own wellbeing?
Deep Breath, Mama. You got this.
We believe that education, compassion, connection, and support are keys to hope, change, and resilience. It truly takes a village to raise a child. And so you should not be expected to have to do it alone.
Our Masters-Level Child & Family Therapists use Evidence-Based Approaches to nurture change, and foster your child's Mental Health & Wellbeing.
Our Integrative and Child-Friendly Therapeutic Approach Include:
- Emotion-Focused Therapy
- Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Therapy
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
- Attachment & Developmental-Focused Therapy
- Play-Based Therapy
- Emotion-Focused Couples & Family Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Parent Coaching & Psychoeducation
(we have provided some links to resources so you can explore each approach more. click on each therapy approach to learn more.)
What can I expect from therapy? And does the therapy process look like?
To answer these two questions we have developed The Butterfly Prescription™ for Mental Wellness to help you and your child. Our team of Child & Family Therapists use this prescription as our roadmap to guide your family from chaos to connection.
But before we start to explore how your family can change and grow, we would love to help inspire your hope!
WE WOULD LOVE TO OFFER YOU A COMPLIMENTARY 30-MINUTE PARENT CONSULTATION,
Child & Family Therapist,
During this call, you will get clear on what your hopes are for your family’s wellbeing, and gain a clearer picture of how we can work together towards your goals for happiness & Mental Health for your Child. This is our investment in your family's journey.
Established in 2012, the Counting Butterflies Wellness Team have been guided by
Our VISION of healthy, resilient and connected families & communities.
Our MISSION to nurture the transformation and resilience of children, youth, and families, by fostering a deep connection to one’s self, others, and the natural world around them.