You might have put off or avoided seeking assistance for yourself or your child/adolescent.
It can be hard to ask for help, and talk about how you or your child/adolescent copes with life’s ups and downs.
Tamar is warm, kind, caring, and passionate and enthusiastic about helping people. She is committed to helping people develop more effective coping strategies quickly. This helps them start doing the things that are important to them, and achieve their goals.
What Happens in the First Session?
We will discuss the problem or difficulty and what it’s stopping you (or your child/adolescent) from doing or achieving. Together, we will develop goals for counselling, and Tamar will come up with a plan for how she is going to help you (or your child/adolescent).
Where Your Child/Adolescent is the Client
Tamar recommends that a parent comes into the consulting room for the first appointment (at least for the first part). In this session, she will take a history of the problem or difficulty. This helps parents, children/adolescents and Tamar to all be clear about what the child/adolescent requires assistance for. Some children/adolescents ask their parent to leave the room after the history taking is complete. Others are happy for their parent to remain in the room for the entire session. Letting the child/adolescent decide this often empowers the child and helps them feel more comfortable.
If the parent does not attend the sessions, where appropriate, Tamar provides feedback to parents with the child/adolescent present. This includes strategies for the child to use at home. Sometimes this includes strategies for parents. The more the skills are practiced in between sessions, the better (and often the quicker) the outcome is likely to be.
To get an idea of how Tamar works, please download her free STAY HERE EBooklet. which she developed for parents and is applicable to many situations.