Parental Support

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Parenting

support, education, & counseling

Our Counselors at Johns Creek and Alpharetta Counseling provide parental support sessions, psychoeducational sessions, counseling for parents, and collaborative divorce parenting sessions. We value the role parents have in their children’s lives and maintain a close working relationship during the therapy process. Our therapists provide ongoing support for parents by offering an understanding their child's behavior in addition to addressing the parent's personal needs for self care. We provide education for parents which focus on giving tools for discipline, effective boundary setting, and assist to increase the parent's understanding of a child’s emotional needs. We offer two effective therapy models of working with parents and children in the session together, and we can see parents without seeing the children at all. We also offer collaborative parenting for divorced couples, see below for more information.

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Filial Therapy

parents involvement in play therapy

Filial Therapy is the combination of play therapy and parental support. It offers coaching for the parents concerning discipline and connection with their child. It also brings the parent into the play therapy session allowing both to experience each other in a new way- a respectful, loving, and responsive way. It is one thing to talk about change, it is another to experience the change together. Filial Therapy is a developmental way of attuning to a child’s emotional needs and utilizing ‘play’ as a mean of encouraging their child’s continuing growth and development. It can be used with nearly all child’s problems, and research as shown that play therapy is more effective when the parents are involved.

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Theraplay

respect and nurture

Theraplay is a style of filial therapy. It uses more directive techniques to enhance attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of healthy interaction between parent and child, and is personal, physical and fun. Theraplay interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge. Theraplay sessions create an active and emotional connection between the child and parents, resulting in a view of the child as worthy and loveable and of relationships as positive and rewarding.


For more information about Play Therapy, our counseling with children at Johns Creek and Alpharetta Counseling, please visit our Play Therapy page under services. If you have any questions, please call our intake line above. We look forward to talking with you!

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Parents after a divorce

parenting as a team for the children

You have decided to get a divorce, now you have to tell the children. Our Counselors at JCAC provide counseling for parents who are going through a divorce or who are currently divorced to assist the transition from a couple, to a parenting team. This can be hard when children have many questions or when step parent become involved. We help parents give their children a consistent message and help children maintain a secure base in both parents to decrease the emotional stress of a divorce.

Do you have questions?

CONTACT US

Johns Creek & Alpharetta Counseling for Children and Adults

400 Prospect Pl,

Alpharetta, GA 30005

Phone. 4048342363

Email. Alpharettacounseling1@gmail.com