Parenting and Marriage Support
As rewarding as it may be raising children is the hardest job there is. There’s an assumption that when a child is born parenting just comes naturally. In truth for most parents it doesn’t. Even when parents feel completely prepared, more often than not, as children grow situations arise parents are not equipped to deal with, at the level of understanding that children will need. Moreover not only can parenting be stressful for the parent-child dyad, it may also upset the marital relationship.
Through parenting counseling, parents learn new strategies in order to function optimally within their family unit. More specifically counselors provide parents with comprehensive guidance and support needed to provide a stable and healthy childhood experience for their child. Counseling may also include working towards finding a balance between parenting roles and marital expectations to help improve the couple’s relationship.
We have locations in Orland Park, Plainfield – Naperville , Joliet – Shorewood, Frankfort, Wheaton, and a headquarters office in Mokena. We also offer teletherapy services for counseling.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can parenting counseling help reduce problem behaviors in my child?
Definitely. Parents frequently arrive at Westside seeking help managing their child’s emotional or behavioral difficulties. Although parents intend to reduce emotional problems they are often unknowingly part of the dynamic that maintains problem behaviors. In parent counseling parenting solutions often involve learning effective strategies to reduce emotional reactions in children, improve the parent-child relationship, as well as reduce tension between parents.
Is parent counseling confidential?
Yes, information you share in counseling sessions will be treated with strict confidentiality and is protected by state and federal laws. Information will not be disclosed to anyone outside Westside Children’s Therapy without your written permission, except in instances when such disclosure is necessary to protect you or someone else from imminent danger.
Does counseling work?
Counseling therapy has been proven to be highly effective. Numerous scientific studies continue to show that behavioral and emotional interventions work as well if not better than medication to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. However it requires commitment and collaboration between the client and counselor. Clients must be willing to actively participate and follow through with utilizing new skills outside of counseling in order to make meaningful and long-term change.
How long does counseling take?
Ideally, counseling is terminated when the problem that the client pursued counseling for becomes more manageable or is resolved. However, it requires that clients are consistent in attending sessions and most importantly that they are committed to exercising new skills in real-life settings.
Additionally the time frame will depend on the reason clients seek out counseling in the first place. Some clients enter therapy with a specific concern or area of focus. In these cases the timeline may be rapid.
In contrast, a client may seek out therapy for deeper problems such as bereavement or abuse, that can’t be resolved quickly. In these cases therapy might take months or even years to work through and move forward.
In many circumstances our clinicians utilize a cognitive-behavioral approach to counseling. This is a solution-focused method. In these cases clients may be seen once per week for 45-50 minutes over the course of three to six months.
What are the costs of parent counseling?
Check our current insurance list to see if your plan is in network. If your plan is in network, we will bill directly to your insurance.
Based on your plan, we can predict what your weekly costs will be before your start. If your plan is not in network, we do have self-pay rates available (please call 815 469-1500).
Why is Westside considered the best provider?
Above all, the main reason is our parent feedback.
Every family is sent a survey at the beginning, middle, and end of their services. It asks: “On a scale of 1-10, how likely are you to refer Westside to your friends and family?” Here are the results after over 800 responses to date:
Average Beginning Score: 9.71/10
Average Middle Score: 9.83/10
Average End Score: 9.89/10
This is why Westside is the best. And we’re never going to stop fighting to get those to 10/10.
What does getting started look like?
The experience begins with a consultation between the parents and the therapist. The goal is simple: to listen and understand needs. This informs the therapists on whether or not therapy will be effective. If it is agreed that therapy will be beneficial, this meeting becomes the starting point for developing an individualized treatment plan.
Want to Speak to our Counseling Team?
If you’re interested in parental or marital support, please submit an inquiry. If you are still unsure, you can:
- Submit a request for our Intake Coordinator to talk to you about a free, 30-minute screening
- View our developmental checklist
- Ask a question using the “Leave a Message” feature in the bottom-right corner of your screen
- Call us at (815) 469-1500