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Parent Counseling And Consultation

Do you feel like your teenager is becoming more and more distant?

Are there moments where you are at a loss for words?

Does your child disregard your rules and your punishments seem ineffective?

Are you looking for someone, perhaps a counselor even, who understands your struggles as a parent?

Our Thearpists Are Experts At Parent Teenager Relationship Counseling

Do any of these common but difficult to manage teenage behaviors sound familiar?

  • Unmotivated and unwilling to do…well…anything

    Teen looking away - Parent Counseling Services in St. Petersburg, FL

    Does it feel like you are slowly losing your child?

  • Stop communicating with you
  • Push boundaries
  • Isolate and withdrawal
  • Yell at, ignore or otherwise show disrespect toward parents
  • Sudden decrease in grades
  • Want to be out of the house with friends all the time
  • Sleep all day
  • Act out
  • Change friend groups
  • Purposefully break your rules
  • Threaten suicide every time you set a limit
  • Make drastic lifestyle changes

Difficult Teenagers - Parent Counseling Services - McNulty Counseling in St. Petersburg, FLParenting is hard and there are no easy answers to most parenting concerns.  In fact, there is no such thing as a perfect parent.  Being a parent can bring so much joy to your life.  Your children are probably the most important thing in your world.  Yet, parenting is also very stressful.

At McNulty Counseling, we have heard other parents share their struggles, concerns and insecurities as a parent.  If you are struggling trying to effectively parent a pre-teen or teenager, you are not alone.  Parenting becomes a really difficult art form during the teenage years.  While there’s no “right” way to parent, a parent counselor can certainly help support and guide you on your journey.

How Can Parent Consultation & Parent Counseling Services Help?

At McNulty Counseling and Wellness, our mental health professionals can work with you to help answer these and many other mental health or behavioral questions:

  • Are my teenager’s behaviors normal? Should I be worried?
  • When do I back off and leave my teen alone?
  • When and how do I intervene?
  • Should I punish my teenager?
  • How do I respond to my son/daughter’s threats?
  • How do I effectively communicate with them?
  • What is the best way to respond when my teen breaks house rules?
  • How much responsibility should I give a 15 year old?
  • Is there an effective way to discipline a 17 year old?
  • What can I do to stop the arguing in my house?

The list of questions you are probably asking yourself as a parent goes on. It’s not uncommon for parents to reach out to us feeling guilty, ashamed, and blaming themselves for their children or teens’ perceived shortcomings.

Happy Teenagers - Parent Counseling Services - McNulty Counseling in St. Petersburg, FLOur mental health professionals understand what you go through and work one-on-one with you to establish the developmentally and age appropriate response to your child’s needs. For those parents with teens in high school and going off to college, it can also be difficult to switch roles and learn when you need to let go. At McNulty Counseling, you can work with an expert therapist who will help you cope with this emotional roller coaster. Your parent counselor will guide you to become the best parent you can be. You want to have amazing relationship with your child, teen, or young adult. It IS possible for you to reconnect with your teenager!

Are you ready to partner with a counselor who can help you feel more confident in your parenting?  If you are ready to start parent counseling, contact our counseling center for a parent consultation with one of our expert mental health professionals today!

McNulty Counseling and Wellness is a family counseling clinic serving the Pinellas County area.  We want to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of your entire family. We offer counseling services for teenagers (including Art Therapy for those teens who really hate to talk…), couples counseling for marriages that become strained, and of course parent consultation for moms and dad’s who’s primary issue is navigating how to most effectively parent.  Whatever your family needs, we are here.

Call today to begin restoring peace to your family!

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week depending on where you are in treatment. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Sometimes medication makes it more difficult to realize the underlying problems so if getting off of medication is something you’re interested in, I would be glad to help you in your journey.
A Licensed Mental Health Counselor has the training and qualifications that are equipped to handle a multitude of problems. They can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.

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Reach out to us if you are unsure of what needs you have for counseling, questions about our mental healthcare practice, or about our Counseling Center in Saint Petersburg, Florida prior to coming to the office.

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