Most people at some point in their lives will experience an obstacle that they will struggle with. Learning how to navigate these obstacles is a natural part of being human. Some obstacles will be small and some will feel like mountains. Humans are adaptive creatures that have evolved to tolerate all kinds of physical and emotional challenges, but this does not mean that you need to suffer alone. Seeking professional help from a trained therapist is a very successful way to navigate through these difficult times. Your therapist's job is to create a safe place for you to explore your struggles and to help you to find solutions that work for you.
Some of the more common issues that bring people to therapy include:
Deciding to reach out for help can be a very scary experience for many people. Furthermore, in a culture that pushes individuals to be self-sufficient and independent, people tend to judge themselves harshly for not being able to "solve" their problems on their own. However it is important to understand that humans tend to be more resilient and better able to move through their struggles when they have support and guidance. Seeking support to gain a better understanding of how to manage your struggles is not a sign of weakness, but in reality, a sign of a person who is caring for themselves and is on a journey towards conquering their struggles.
Many of us long for the "perfect" partner or the "perfect" relationship. Interestingly, in many cases it is this longing that can contribute to the breakdown of the very relationships we are so invested in. Many couples are poorly equipped for the complexities of "coupledom". In their desire to attain the "perfect" relationship they fall into patterns that erode the foundation that supports their couple bond. In couples therapy, I will provide you and your partner with a safe place to explore the patterns that exist in your relationship that are keeping you stuck and build the skills to grow your resilience.
Some of the more common issues that bring couples into therapy include:
Couple therapy is an excellent step in getting your relationship back to a place where you are enjoying it instead of longing for it to be different.
In today's busy world, families are having to juggle more than ever before. The stress of managing their lives can make it tough for families to access the resources they need to handle their daily challenges. Without these resources it can be difficult to run a happy and healthy family unit. Whether your family is a traditional two-parent household or a configuration of a blended family, family therapy can help you to weather the storms that are sure to come during the many phases of your family's life-cycle.
Some of the more common issues that bring families into therapy include:
Your therapist at Wild Prairie Family therapy is trained to work with your family and their supports to build/strengthen a healthy connection between all family members.
Circle of Security©- a relationship based parenting program
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Parenting is the most important job a parent will ever have. It will likely also be the most challenging job that a parent will ever have, yet there is no formal training for the position of Parent. Often first-time parents will leave the hospital with their newborn child with little to no instruction on how to care for their child except for how to buckle them into their car seat for the ride home! Even after reading a number of the many parenting books available, parents still can feel overwhelmed.
The Circle of Security (COS) parenting group offers a clear outline to help parents understand the needs of their child. Furthermore, it gives parents an opportunity to understand how they can work towards meeting those needs.
Many people can remember being a child or a young person and saying "I will never do that with my children", yet it is very normal human behavior to repeat the same patterns of behavior that we experience ourselves. This tendency to repeat these parenting behaviors is often subconscious, and we are often not even aware of these tendencies until we have already acted them out. This parenting group is intended to help parents gain a better idea about what their behavioral tendencies are, so that they can incorporate choice into their parenting style. WIth choice parents are then able to consciously build positive connections with their children and lay down the foundation for the development of a secure child.
The program consists of a closed group that runs for 8 weeks. During the program we use a video format that builds from week to week. The video material focuses on infants and toddlers, but the information learned is applicable to raising children of all ages. Parents who have completed the program will often share that the information they have learned in this parenting group has also helped them build stronger bonds in other important relationships in their lives.
Check out this great video to find out more about COS.