Joan Erskine is a psychotherapist and does creative visualization therapy and psychotherapy, in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Manhattan
Joan Erskine, M.S.W., C.S.W.

Joan Erskine

(718) 398-6132
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Parenting and Family Consultations

Joan Erskine offers parenting consultations as well as family sessions. Every loving parent strives to be the best parent possible and wants their child to feel happy, strong and successful. The first step in accomplishing this goal is to see and understand your child as they are. Even when a child’s behavior is backfiring, a child actually desires to be good. Joan uses the Theory of Positive Intent - all behavior stems from positive intentions even when the outcome has not been successful - to help parents understand how misbehavior, failing grades, sibling conflict, fighting, lying, secrecy, and even hostility towards you, can be camouflaging your child's desire to feel safe and loved. The result is often that parents are better prepared to help their child grow past this behavior into more effective, satifying ways of behaving, relating, and responding. Recognizing your child's positive intent also tends to promote understanding and emotional connection between you as well as helping your child develop the ability to trust. The result is that parents are often able to support their child even while setting necessary (and essential) limitations and their child begins to feel more successful, and better able to develop genuine self esteem.

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