Michael Byrne, ND, MA
Psychotherapist, Naturopathic Physician
Seattle Healing Arts Center
9730 3rd Ave. NE, Suite 208
Seattle, WA 98115 [map]
(206) 428-2067

Parenting Coaching for Parents and Teens

I have worked extensively with troubled children and adolescents.  I am also a parent myself. I believe it truly does take a village to raise a child. We should not be struggling alone.

Having worked for Outward Bound for a number of years, I know how to connect with teens. I understand that they want to be respected as adults, and in many ways they should be treated as adults. The transition into adulthood certainly involves the benefit of increasing freedom, but it grows in direct relation to increasing responsibility. One of the best ways to get a teen involved is not to tell them what to do, but rather, that “you are needed.”

I have seen that parents often need to learn how to be less involved in their child’s life. It is part of growing up to differentiate from our parents, hard as that may be to allow as parents. At other times parents need to learn how to become more involved. Everyone’s needs are continually evolving. Knowing how to be involved during the teen years, and in what ways, is a constantly moving target.

There are also a variety of opinions, cultural and personal, in how to parent. These difference should be respected. Furthermore, our culture continues to change at a rapid pace; alternative family structures are becoming more of the norm than the exception. I have a particular expertise in working with single, divorced and co-parenting situations.

As social beings, we all strive to feel loved and accepted. First by our family, then by society, and ultimately, to feel this for ourself.

“When we feel encouraged, we feel capable and appreciated and will generally act in a connected and cooperative way. When we are discouraged, we may act in unhealthy ways by competing, withdrawing, or giving up. It is in finding ways of expressing and accepting encouragement, respect, and social interest that help us feel fulfilled and optimistic.”         ~ Alfred Adler