In my experience as a mother, a client in therapy and as a psychological practitioner I have realised that I have parented from my frame of reference. I have also parented according to my temperament. Before I started studying psychology I had gone for therapy myself, however, sometimes I still parent from my past traumas. What this looked like was that I was over-protective and that I can be controlling at times. No parent is perfect, however, a parent must realise that they possibly have things that they need to work through like past trauma’s, hurt people hurt people, identifying their temperament and their children’s temperament. Parenting can be challenging on its own without past challenges or current challenges and the counselling environment can be a very good place to process these challenges and in turn making parenting an easier task and responsibility.
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