Parenting is no easy feat. Learning how to parent a child who is exactly like you, or the exact opposite of you, in today's age of technology, it's exhausting. And now here you are, trying to raise your children to be competent adults, while living the first responder life. Struggling to communicate with your spouse about the struggles you child is facing, and how to parent as a team. You may even find you asking yourself, "What was I thinking?"
And your child has a hard time being understood by anyone. Friends, family, they don't know what it is like to be the child of an respond in a world that vilifies their parent. And for teens in particular, this is all happening while they are trying to find their own identities apart from their parents. And you are worried about what path that may lead them towards. And you want to help them, to make sure they make the best choice. But you can't. You feel lost as a parent.
When working with teens and tweens, our hope is to reconnect you with your child. We want you to enjoy seeing your child, and for them to want to be close with you.
Depending on the struggles your individual child is facing, sometimes parental involvement can be helpful and sometimes it isn't necessary. For some youth, especially older teens, what they need is a space with a non-judgmental adult who can listen and help them process what they are experiencing. And for children of first responders, they need someone who understands the lifestyle.
You will find yourself growing closer with your family, with your children. We will help you find out the patterns that aren't working, and create ones that are helpful and work with your unique family circumstances. By using tools that are proven effective, we help your family cultivate genuine love and mutual respect, creating a deep connection that will last for a very long time.
At Code 3 Counseling, we help teens struggling with many different types of issues. Some of the common issues we have worked with include:
● Low self-esteem or self-confidence● Problems with social/peer relationships● Stress around parent's career/schedule● Difficulty regulating emotions● Dealing with depression● Managing anxiety● Difficult relationships with parents or siblings● Low motivation● Grief and loss
We will work with your teen to help them find out what their strengths are and how to use their strengths to overcome their struggles. The teens we have worked with find themselves enjoying life again, and parents have enjoyed the enhanced relationship they develop with their child.
You will see your child thrive with the help and support counseling can provide!
Family is like the branches on a tree. We all grow in different directions, but our roots remain as one.