Read my blog post on family stress
Do you have a rebellious or disengaged teen who just won't listen? Are you worried about how to help get him or her on track but feel like what you've tried is just not working? Lisa has extensive training and experience working on parenting issues and has used the well known Active Parenting and Active Parenting Teens approaches to help tackle tough problems with families opening communication and changing behavior. In some cases, the problem may not be one parents' approach but that both parents may not agree or be taking different approaches simultaneously. This often known as co-parenting. Lisa has worked to help parents identify their particular parenting approaches, the effects these differing approaches are having, and how to build common ground without sacrificing the values each parent has related to their child's growth and development.
As we continue along in our lives, things change. Changes to the family makeup such as a pregnancy, adoption, divorce, or remarrying (creating a blended family). In other cases, someone may get new job with different hours or demands impacting the family. Other times, the family may decide to move to a new home, maybe even a new town. These life changes can all have great influences on a family and though often made to improve or bring more joy, can also bring new challenges and adjustments. Lisa has experience working with families to adjust to these types of new events shifting dynamics to form a cohesive and agreeable understanding/future.
Extended Family Issues
Do you have family members who seem to care but also seem to make things complicated or stressful in your life? Sometimes family members try to help us but their "help" just seems to make things worse adding to the problems we already have. Some people feel between "a rock and a hard place" when they want to confront the person but are also worried about what impact it may have across the extended family. Will people think I'm being rude, making a big deal out of nothing, give me grief about it? These are some common questions people struggle with. Lisa has worked with many individuals and/or their families to resolve these types of issues. In some cases, the issue might not be happening now but something that happened in the past that they can't seem to move on from. This creates continued distress and tension in the family until resolved individually in counseling or with family members.