Partners in parenting

A Group for Parents of Teens

Parenting is a very tough job, it’s “24/7” with no breaks.  Sure, other jobs are tough and demanding- but the stakes aren’t as high – every parent we’ve met tells us “my kids are the most important thing in my life.” 

Becoming a parent does not guarantee that we will suddenly be a Zen master of our own emotions. Parents are people too, and emotions can be difficult to manage, and more so with a teen in the mix!

Who is running the group?

The group is being facilitated by two clinicians, Dr. Sheri Turrell and Ms. Mary Bell, MSW, RSW. Sheri  and Mary have over 20 years of experience in mental health and works with both teens and adults. 

What do I do if I’m interested in the group?

The first step is to click on “Reserve a spot” button and Sheri will contact you to schedule an introductory session, free of charge. This session is about 20 minutes and will help us to ensure that the group is a good fit for you and your needs. Introductory sessions will be held on Thursdays 12th, 19th & 26th September.

Dates

Saturday Sept. 28th, 10:00am – 12:00 pm,

Thursday October 10th and 17th,  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Saturday November 23rd, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fee

$350, spaces are limited

Common Questions:

Who would benefit?

If you are a parent of a teen and finding emotions hard to manage (yours or theirs), then we can help! Join us – and learn lifelong skills so you can parent in a way that truly matters to you.

What will we learn?

Mary and Sheri have been working with teens and parents for over twenty years and bring a depth and breadth of experience to the group. As such, we will be integrating a variety of topics to provide you with a solid understanding of:

*Attachment theory

*Emotional attunement

*The use of empathy

*How to respond to teen anxiety in a way that is consistent with your values

There will be some didactic teaching, however, this is more of a therapeutic group than it is a ‘workshop’ or ‘class,” so we’ll provide opportunities for you to:

*Explore what parenting means to you

*Identify your parenting values

*Learn what thoughts and feelings may be getting in your way

*Relate to your own thoughts and feelings differently so you are less ‘hooked’ by them

*Practice mindfulness in your daily life so you get better and better at noticing yourself and your teen in ‘real time”

*Practice parenting in a way that is more responsive to your teens’ needs and allows you to feel more like yourself   

What type of therapy is the group based on?

This group is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or “ACT” (said as a single word).  Being a parent brings different challenges and fears with every developmental stage. With adolescence, parents might worry about drug / alcohol use, social and academic success, and their teens’ future. 

Fears may sometimes overwhelm you and get in the way of being the parent you want to be.  This can be stressful for you, your teen, and your relationship.  From an ACT perspective, our thoughts and feelings are not the problem, it’s what we do when they show up that can create a problem. In this group, you will learn to notice thoughts and feelings through informal mindfulness practice, see your thoughts and feelings from a more distanced, less ‘hooked’ perspective, and parent in a way that is consistent with your values. 

Do I need to share my most intimate details with the group?

The simple answer – absolutely not! We will respect your personal boundaries and never insist that you share more than you are comfortable sharing. Some people worry about what others will think of their contributions or are scared to open up in front of others. We will work hard to build a safe, open, and accepting space that allows everyone to participate at their own pace.  In order to build this space, we do ask that participants be able to share, at minimum, a few details to start with, such as their first name and something they struggle with.  Most participants tell us they feel much more comfortable by the end of the first session!

Will it overwhelm me to hear about others’ struggles?

Joining a new group can be overwhelming, especially if you sometimes feel that your own circumstances are unmanageable. In our experience, joining with others allows us to see that our struggles are a normal part of the job of parenting, and leaves us feeling much less alone.  This can offer incredible relief and help us find the strength when we need it most.