“Prepare your child for the path, do not prepare the path for your child.” ~ Ghandi

Sometimes a person doesn’t need therapy, they just need answers.  Parenting challenges often require a shift in the way I approach the counseling process because the need is immediate and the entire family is affected.  In more traditional therapy we would work on the origins of behavior and then construct a plan to change the patterns; in parenting consultation I immediately formulate a plan to give everyone some relief and then we work on the origins of the behavior.

Do any of these sentences sound familiar?

  • “I have difficulty following through with consequences.”
  • “My husband and I have different parenting styles and it’s causing a lot of stress between us.”
  • “My child rules the the house.”
  • “We don’t have a single day without yelling and screaming in the home.”
  • “My friends seem to have an easier time parenting than I do.”

Most parents want the well-behaved children that come as a result of authoritarian parenting but feel that those methods are too strict and they won’t follow through.  The alternative seems to be a permissive parenting style in which the kids have too much control and exhibit disrespectful behavior when the parents step in. There is a middle ground in which all members of a family can get what they need and feel good about it: my framework for connected parenting.

Parent Strategies, Bethesda

Parenting consulting services are available to any parent who is looking for assistance in what to do and what to say to get through the difficult moments. My methods are non-punitive, non-humiliating, and not based on cumbersome punishment and reward systems. I will show you how to empower your children so that they feel they have a voice within a structure that fits your family’s lifestyle. My methods create an atmosphere in your home where cooperation is the norm, children feel valued and adults are in control.

 

Jessica Kramer, LCPC, NCC

I’m Jessica Kramer, Principal Therapist and Owner of Jessica Kramer Therapy.  I’m so glad that you found your way to my practice. We can help guide you toward a more fulfilling and enriching life. We provide individual counseling, couples counseling, and parenting strategies and support for parents. For couples, premarital counseling and PREPARE/ENRICH sessions foster strength and areas of growth to help create the marriage couples long for. We also provide hypnotherapy and nutritional counseling for those who are struggling with substance abuse and eating disorders/obesity.  Our office is located in Bethesda and also serves Rockville, Potomac, Silver Spring, and Chevy Chase.