Parents will often ask when a problem has reached a point where they need professional involvement. The first thing they should be asking themselves is whether the problem is causing significant interference in their lives (be that the parents themselves or the children). Questions parents want to ask include:
As a psychologist that works both in the education system and in private practice, I have the opportunity to speak to many parents on a regular basis. Often these conversations are in relation to typical issues and concerns parents face; however, other times, the concerns expressed reveal issues that are of greater severity. Parents will often wonder whether it is time for them to seek professional help. Sometimes, there are many different things that can be done prior to getting to this point.
Sometimes we have questions regarding behaviours our children and adolescents display. Luckily there are resources available that can provide some guidelines. The following is a good resource for parents and teachers.
Another great website to help children and their families with anxiety (it provides a variety of free resources) is:
One good thing to remember is to give yourself permission to take a break! The following link provides some helpful tips to achieve this: