My Approach to Helping
Your child's grades are dropping, they're sad or irritable a lot of the time, and their friend group has changed (or disappeared). You learn your child has been bullied. What do you do?
When bullying affects your children, you may worry they'll never be "normal" or accepted by their peers. Do you shield them? Do you encourage them to fight back? How involved should you get as a parent?
The Empowerment Space is a 10-week program for youth ages 10-17 who have reached a crisis point with bullying. I support you and your child in approaching the school for a safety plan. I help your child develop the skills he or she needs to handle bullying when it occurs again. I teach you new strategies to have effective conversations with your child, empower your child to deal with the bullying, and engage with the school to get their support in keeping your child safe.
More Info About My Practice
The Empowerment Space is an individual program to help your child heal from bullying. I am currently accepting youth and their families into the program on a sliding scale. If you are worried your child might have been bullied, please contact me, I want to make sure that you can get the help your child needs.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
When your child's emotional responses are so huge that they outstrip his or her ability to cope, you've reached a crisis point in bullying. Your child feels that he or she cannot take any more of the bullying, so much so that hurting him or herself feels like the only option. There may be a plan for self-harm or he or she may tell a friend or announce the pain on social media. The child is in a "crisis" as they have no positive, effective coping skills to manage their feelings and have very unsafe ways, such as self-harm to relieve the deep pain inside.
In The Empowerment Space program, each session focuses on one skill designed to help your child address bullying with peers. The skills include positive "I" statements, positive self- talk, increased self- esteem skills. I also use role play, to give your child ample opportunity to practice these skills before taking them out into the real world.