Therapeutic Parenting is a term commonly used for those who look after children that may have suffered trauma. This includes pre-birth trauma, separation, illness or any other factor that has affected the child’s functioning and/or their attachments. Therapeutic parenting is a deeply nurturing parenting approach, with a foundation of self-awareness and metallization. Empathy is core to therapeutic parenting, this helps parents to practice insightful responses to a child’s distress and behaviours. Behaviours require interpretation and offer opportunities to help a child with self-regulation and developing more appropriate strategies. Therapeutic parenting uses firm but fair boundaries and routines to aid the development of new neural pathways in the brain.
Therapeutic Parenting enables a child to recover from the trauma that they have experienced and to form secure attachments.