Many parents have concerns with the behavior of their children, yet are unsure where to go for help. Asking for help or advice from friends and family is not always comfortable, nor is it always helpful. As a parent, you know child better than anyone. You know the day to day reality of the challenges you face. You also know that there are times when you feel overwhelmed and unsure where to turn. You may not be sure if counseling would be the best option for your child. If this describes you, then a Parenting Consultation session may be helpful. Working together with a professional who knows about child development, parenting strategies, and mental health concerns can provide valuable insight. Together, we can determine areas of need with your child and develop meaningful goals. Discussing your concerns with a professional can give you some peace of mind.
To schedule a Parenting Consultation session click HERE or give us a call.
Child & Adolescent Counseling
“Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.”
(A consensus definition of counseling)
Individual counseling is offered for children (ages 6+) & adolescents with concerns of:
- Executive Functioning Deficits
- Emotional Regulation/Management
- Screen/Electronics Addiction
- Grief & Loss
- Life changes
- Adjustment concerns
- Peer/Social Skills
- Oppositional/Defiant Behavior
- Teenage Struggles
- Stress Management
- Academic & Career Struggles
- Organization Skills
- Past Trauma
We believe that working within the family system is often essential for helping individuals with concerns. Parent involvement is encouraged with the therapy process. We will meet with you to discuss your child's needs, collaborate with you, and consult on strategies to help your child maximize his or her success.
Parent & Child Counseling
Conflict is a normal aspect of family life. When communication is strong, conflict can become an opportunity for relationship growth. Conflict can also be an overwhelming obstacle that leads to anxiety, fear, and disappointment. As teenagers begin to assert their independence, they may argue or disagree more with their parents. The goal of Parent & Child Counseling is to provide a safe opportunity for children/teens and parents to express their feelings and communicate their needs with one another. Together we can negotiate some meaningful solutions. This type of counseling is perfect for parents who are finding themselves "stuck" in their relationship with their child or teen. It also works well with children or teens who may feel that their parents "just don't understand." The opportunity for each side to feel heard and understood can often be very beneficial. Our goal is to help you collaboratively solve your conflicts together.
To schedule a Parent & Child Counseling session click HERE or give us a call.
Family therapy focuses on strengthening the relationships within the family unit. Family connections are viewed as the "medicine" for the problems of individuals within the system. Family therapy works on improving the relational environment of the family. For parents, attachment ruptures with families of origin may be getting in the way of effectively meeting the needs of our children. For adolescents, family therapy can help to access the primary emotions behind behaviors leading to a more open and authentic family dialogue. Families who are more relationally connected to each other offer more protection to children for many of the risks they may face. Family conflict is the starting point for this type of service and improved family relationships are the solution. Together, we can work to improve your family communication and elevate your natural caregiving instincts.
To schedule a Family Therapy session click HERE or give us a call.
Do you have thousands of dollars to spend on a messy, stress-filled divorce?
Can you commit to 15 minutes a day with your partner?
At Parenting and Family Solutions, we offer support to families in all stages of life. With 12+ years of counseling experience, John Dennis has helped numerous couples as they seek to improve their relationship, deal with major issues, or navigate separation and divorce.
John is certified in Level I of Gottman Counseling because he feels that the Gottman philosophy and techniques apply universally, are easy to understand, and can result in significant improvements immediately. Additionally, this method of relationship counseling is backed by 40+ years of research and data.
In addition to providing support for familes, we also offer trainings and workshops to businesses, schools, and organizations that work with youth. Specifically, our counselor John Dennis has contracted with the Department of Social Services, Department of Human Services, and state-wide conferences such as VALCPA (Virginia Coalition of Licensed Child Placement Agencies) to provide trainings including: Social Media Awareness, Suicide and Self-Injury, Human Trafficking, Professionalism and Boundaries, Avoiding Teacher Burnout, Motivation and Team Development. In addition, John is available to create a custom training to meet your organization's needs.
Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Any idea how many hours it takes to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in PA?
The state of Pennsylvania requires 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience prior to licensure.
Our trained licensure supervisors are currently taking applications to begin providing counseling supervision for those who adhere to strict ethical and professional standards that are looking to improve their counseling skills. If you are in need of LPC supervision, please contact us to set up a free consultation session to see if our services would be a good match for your needs.
Information about professional licensure in Pennsylvania can be found here:
PA State Board of Professional Counselors
Pennsylvania Code - Licensure of Professional Counselors
Supervison with John Dennis:
I love working with counselors in supervision. My purpose in life is to help as many people as I can--whether through direct counseling, training, consultation, or supervision. In direct service, I can impact the clients I help; however, in supervision, I'm able to impact your entire client caseload as well. As an Approved Clinical Supervisor with the NBCC, I have 6+ years of experience in supervising counselors towards state licensure. If you are interested in a free consultation to determine if we would be a good fit for starting licensure, please click here or call 717-602-5560.
"I gained a heap of knowledge and clinical experience under the supervision of John Dennis. I was taught that even in my struggles and times of discouragement/disappointment that I must continue to persevere in order to gain my prize as an end result. I truly thank John for all of his dedication, support, and encouragement." --Contina Savage, MA, LMHP-R
"Supervision with John Dennis was a weekly treat, because even with the most extreme mental health areas of need encompassing my clients, John was readily accessible and prepared with eclectic research based solutions fostering clinical success." --LaNeen White, MA, QMHP
"I could actually give a book about all the support and help and knowledge John shared not with just me but everyone around him. John always encourages, lifts, and strengthens those around him with positive energy and support. He truly has a heart for people and shares that gift with everyone." --Rudy Zavala, BS, QMHP