Parent Support

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Parent Support

Being a parent is full of challenges that change as children and adolescents grow and develop. Problems ordinarily work themselves through with the support of family and friends. Sometimes a child might be experiencing difficulties that do not seem to improve with time. The difficulties might relate to troubling experiences that the child and their family have gone through. The difficulties might also relate to the child finding the ordinary pressures of  ‘growing up’ really hard to cope with. Common concerns are:

  • low self-esteem and lack of confidence
  • eating difficulties
  • anxiety
  • obsessional thoughts and ideas
  • angry outbursts and challenging behaviour
  • being depressed
  • problems making friends
  • difficulties at school
  • problems with learning
  • self-harm and suicidal thoughts
  • sleeping problems

When faced with such difficulties it could well be appropriate to seek therapeutic help and support. Receiving help presents an opportunity to work through the difficulties and enable your child to begin realising their potential.

How our parent support works

To get started I meet with parents for an initial consultation. This consultation will generally last between 1 and 1.5 hours.

The purpose of the consultation is to get a detailed picture of parents concerns and to work out what help might be needed. Sometimes a single consultation is enough for parents to feel confident about being able to support their child through the difficulties they are experiencing.

On other occasions a series of meetings with parents over time is needed. I work closely with parents to develop a deeper understanding of the child’s problems and identify the different ways in which the child can be helped to overcome the problems that they are having.

The initial consultation might indicate that the child or adolescent would benefit from individual psychotherapy. When individual psychotherapy is needed the parent work would continue alongside.

I bring my expertise in the emotional development of children and understanding of therapeutic help and support. Parents bring a deep understanding of their own child as well as their potential for developing new ideas.

Together we create a space that enables change for the child.

If you would like to schedule a consultation you can book online using the booking calendar. You can also call me at (086)0852870 or send an email to for booking.

Lorraine O Hanlon Anam Saor Therapy

About Lorraine

I am a fully qualified play therapist and psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience working with children and families in Ireland. Read more.

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