Joanna Fortune has witnessed a considerable spike in the number of parents wanting help with their children’s behaviour during the pandemic. Often parents contact her when they are in crisis. In this podcast, Joanna advises that it is often difficult to get help ‘immediately’ when demand is so high. It is hard for therapists to say to parents ‘I’m going to have to get you to wait’. Often parents are coming to therapy in a ‘reactive way’ as opposed to proactive- parents are very much ‘in it’- the problem has been going on for a long time.
In this phase of urgency and particularly during this pandemic, Joanna uses online platforms to undertake a therapeutic parenting consultation, to make better sense of the problem and to identify what are the overt behaviours and moreover what are the emotional and physical states that are underpinning the behaviour that has caused the parent to reach out for help?
In this podcast, listeners will learn how to name and contain problems and how to prevent them from escalating further.
‘Psychotherapy Off the Couch’ is a brand-new podcast from the Irish Council for Psychotherapy. Each week, it brings listeners topical discussion and conversation with leading psychotherapists from across Ireland regarding a wide range of subjects, from relationships and resilience to coping strategies and children.