Working with parents is a major part of working with children and adolescents in treatment. It is difficult to know a child or teen without knowing the parents and how they feel along with what their experiences have been. In addition, it is important to explore what the parents’ own childhood experiences were because oftentimes these experiences can become stirred up and interfere with their parenting of their own children at a particular time.
Parents sometimes feel embarrassed, ashamed or guilty that their child needs treatment. I feel it is important to help alleviate these feelings and work with parents to enhance their relationship with their children and teens. Working with parents to provide support and encouragement results in the best outcome in the treatment.