Do you often feel like your child is a mystery and doesn’t open up emotionally to you as much as you’d like? You aren’t alone. Many of the parents of my youngest patients often ask me for guidance on how to help their children become more open and to share what’s on their minds. Understandably, they are looking for an easy-to-implement solution with instant results. But the key to getting your child to feel secure enough to confide in you is to build a foundation of trust with him. And building that foundation takes time.
Julia Marie Hogan is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago. Her book, It's Okay to Start with You, will be released in June 2018 by Our Sunday Visitor. In addition to her work as a psychotherapist, she leads workshops and writes on topics related to self-care, relationships and mental health. She is passionate about empowering individuals to be their most authentic selves. You can find more of her writing online at Verily. She completed her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, VA.
For more information, please visit juliamariehogan.com.