Adjusting to life as a parent can be a struggle. Just as no one’s experience is the same, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to parenting. Everyone faces different challenges.
It can often take a toll on your relationship, as the dynamics and responsibilities completely change, and it can feel like there is less time or effort put into you and your partner alone. There can also be disagreements in the major decisions that impact on your child’s life or the way that the responsibilities are shared.
Sometimes the news about becoming a new parent is unexpected, and this can cause disagreements about what decisions to make from there and whether you are ready to take on the responsibility of becoming parents together.
Our practitioners can help you identify, cope with, and overcome the challenges within your relationship that come with the territory of being a new parent. If you are not coping with this new responsibility and your relationship feels like it is falling apart because of it, it may be beneficial to seek help. A practitioner at VCPS can help you to build a positive relationship again and make the experience of raising a child an enjoyable one.
At VCPS, we can work with you in one-to-one sessions or in a group setting with other parents. Some people may prefer the group setting, as it’s a way of realising you’re not alone. However, if you prefer to manage this on a more personal level than couples counselling can be particularly effective for working through any concerns in a calm and supportive environment.
Our work aims to assist families to be more effective in tuning into their own emotions and needs, the needs of their partner, and to understand what children require at different stages of development. It creates room for bonding, observation and reflection within families.
Some of the ways a practitioner could support you either individually or as a couple includes: