When a child has a developmental diagnosis, it influences the whole family. Siblings, older or younger, may have an interesting time adjusting to changes that happen, or understanding what is happening for their brother or sister. Parents may find the additional struggle of learning how to manage a developmental disability on top of work, and life, and other children overwhelming and wondering how to cope.
There are several ways that counselling offered through NETwork Interventions can be helpful for parents navigating a difficult journey.
- For parents who have just received a developmental diagnosis for their child it’s common to feel shock, denial, confusion, anger, depression and anxiety about the changes that are about to happen or are happening within the family.
- Additionally, we recognise that families will often experience a number of issues and challenges that can hinder a contented life. Counselling can provide a space where these thoughts, feelings and life’s obstacles can be heard in a non-judgemental confidential space.
- Family members may find themselves asking why things are the way they are and wishing things could be different. Counselling can help a parent or sibling to make sense or meaning of the challenges or changes that are happening because once we’ve found an answer to why something happens, it can be easier to figure out how to move forwards.
- Finally, counselling can be a place where you can find practical steps to move forward, whether that’s by learning how to manage negative thought patterns, difficult emotions, or other obstacles such as ongoing marital conflict, or mental health problems , your counsellor will work with you on setting practical goals to take you where you want to go.
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