Support and Therapy for Parents
You want to support your kid in being their healthiest, happiest, and safest self.
We’re here to help you get there.
Have you tried everything you can think of to help support your child, but feel like you’ve reached a dead end?
As your kid ages into pre-teen years, you might feel like you don’t really know who they are anymore.
Sometimes your relationship with them might feel practically nonexistent.
Can’t figure out how to reach your child, despite your attempts
Worry about your family dynamics
Suspect your kid is hiding something from you
Don’t know what’s going on in your kid’s life
Don’t understand your kid’s behaviors
Aren’t on the same “parenting page” with your partner or co-parent
Heard from a teacher or pediatrician that your child is struggling in school with a behavioral or medical issue
Get frustrated or angry whenever you try to talk to your child
Feel helpless, stressed, and worried about your kid
Don’t know how to move forward
Seeing your child struggling and not knowing how to help can feel frustrating, disempowering, and even scary.
As a parent, you want to do everything you can to help your kid.
But whenever you try to get through to them, they shut down. They never want to tell you anything, and a simple conversation just leads to a full-blown yelling spree: they act sullen or angry, you lose your temper, everyone gets upset, and nothing changes.
It might feel downright impossible to communicate as a family and to do fun things together. Your child might seem moody, distant, angry, or resentful about spending time with you. It might feel like your whole world has suddenly changed, and you have no idea what to do about any of it. Maybe you even feel like something is wrong with you as a parent.
You really want:
Your kid to feel supported and safe
To have constructive conversations that don’t end in raised voices, tears, and slammed doors
Your child to let you into their life
Your kid to come to you with their problems, their joys, their questions, and their worries
To build a trusting, safe relationship together
To feel like you have a whole, happy family again
If it feels like your relationship with your child is falling apart and you don’t know what to do about it, you’re not alone – and there’s nothing wrong with you. And we’re here to help.
We provide therapy for parents just like you. We help you figure out how to communicate better, support your child through the challenges they’re facing, and repair your relationship.
How Parent Therapy Can Help
Parenting is a tough job. We know – we’re parents ourselves.
All the changes and confusion that come with adolescence can feel devastating. It’s normal to feel like you’re failing if your kid is struggling. But there are a lot of reasons your child might be having a hard time – and you shouldn’t be expected to know or understand them all.
That’s where we come in.
We support you in creating a healthier and more resilient relationship with your child. We create space for both you and your child to feel safe, supported, and cared for.
We help by:
Teaching you how to have better, healthier communication with your child
Sharing coping strategies you and your child can use to deal with tough emotions and situations
Figuring out how you can spend quality time together as a family
Working through difficult family dynamics to build a more cohesive and supportive family
Helping repair any disconnect or hurt
Coming up with a plan to support your child in school, at home, and wherever else they are
Discussing any differences in parenting styles, so you and your spouse or co-parent feel in sync
Providing you and your child with useful tools, skills, and strategies to deal with life’s challenges
Facilitating and mediating parent-child sessions
Getting to the heart of the issue – figuring out what’s really beneath your child’s behavioral problems
We help you and your child break through frustrating patterns of behavior, difficult dynamics, and strain so you can repair your bonds and feel connected again.
We help you get to the bottom of what’s really going on for your child so you can give them the care they need.
And: we believe in supporting you in whatever way makes the most sense. That means we’re flexible about who we see during our parent therapy sessions.
We most commonly see an adolescent and one or both parents during a single session. But we’re happy to switch it up when needed.
Want to schedule a session without your child so you can discuss your worries more frankly? No problem.
Want to have your child attend on their own so they can speak more openly with us? Totally fine.
Want another sibling to be present on occasion? Works for us.
We want to do what works for you. And we can figure that out together.
What to Expect When Working With Us in Parent Therapy
At Liz Morrison Therapy, we believe all people need to express themselves honestly and openly in order to heal. Therapy works best when you’re willing to be vulnerable – even if you aren’t sure how to do that. All you need is an open mind, and we’ll help guide you through the rest.
In parent therapy, you can expect to engage in open communication during conversations. You and your child both want to feel heard, listened to, and understood. That’s why we create an environment where everyone is given their turn to speak without interruption. Once everyone has had a chance to have their say, we discuss the deeper factors at play.
We go over emotions, discrepancies, misunderstandings, problems, and tensions. You get a safe place to be honest, vulnerable, and candid, and your child gets the same thing.
Many of our clients are skeptical that this will work in a therapeutic setting. After all, at home, these types of conversations can get very tense very quickly. Without someone there to mediate and guide the conversation, emotions often run wild, and everyone ends up upset.
But in a parent therapy setting, you and your child can rest easy knowing we’ve got your back. No matter what may arise, we’re here to direct the conversation in a healthy way. We create space for difficult discussions. We guide you through tough emotions and feelings. And we lead you both toward honesty, compassion, and connection.
This work isn’t easy. It takes time and patience to build trust and healthy communication. And it may require changes in the way you think or act. It can feel scary and challenging sometimes – and that’s normal. But it’s worth it. We’ll be there every step of the way to hold space and help you move forward.
Let’s get you – and your child – the support you need to move forward toward a healthier, trusting, and more loving relationship.