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We Are Experts At Parent Teenger Relationship Counseling

There is no such thing as a perfect parent! Being a parent can bring so much joy to your life but it can also be incredibly stressful. Particularly when they reach their teenage years, it becomes difficult to understand why they do the things they do and why they act the way they act. It’s not uncommon for your child to:

  • Become unmotivated
  • Stop communicating with you
  • Push boundaries
  • Isolate and withdrawal
  • Act out
  • Change friend groups
  • Make drastic lifestyle changes
At McNulty Counseling and Wellness, we have the answers all of your questions in regards to:
  • Are these behaviors normal?
  • When do I back off?
  • When do I intervene?
  • Should I punish them?
  • How do I effectively communicate with them?
  • How much responsibility should they have?

The list goes on and It’s not uncommon for parents to reach out to us feeling guilty, ashamed, and blaming themselves for their children or teens' perceived shortcomings. We understand what you go through and work one-on-one with you to establish the developmentally and age appropriate response to your child's needs. For those parents with teens in high school and going off to college, it can also be difficult to switch roles and learn when you need to let go. We help you cope with the emotional roller coaster while also guiding you to be the best parent you can be so that you can have an amazing relationship with your child, teen, or young adult. Call for your free consult today!

1I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
2What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
A Licensed Mental Health Counselor has the training and qualifications that are equipped to handle a multitude of problems. They can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
3Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Sometimes medication makes it more difficult to realize the underlying problems so if getting off of medication is something you’re interested in, I would be glad to help you in your journey.
4How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
5How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
6I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week depending on where you are in treatment. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
7My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.

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Reach out to us if you are unsure of what needs you have for counseling, questions about our mental healthcare practice, or about our Counseling Center in Saint Petersburg, Florida prior to coming to the office.

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