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1:1 Sessions For Parents

Whether you have a baby, toddler, older children or teenagers, chances are life is busy – with juggling responsibilities, meeting everyone’s needs and generally keeping on top of everything.

As a parent you may feel overwhelmed at times, in need of some headspace, in need of a rest and a need to do something for you. You might also feel overwhelmed by your desire to get it right, to not mess up this parenting – the expectations and pressure can be enormous.

Babies, children and teenagers are always developing, growing and adapting and, as such, you as a parent are always learning and adapting to the changes in your children. Getting support and reassurance about what is normal, what to expect and how to work with and manage these changes and different behaviour can make a huge difference in your confidence and ability.


The challenges of being a parent are varied – children will fill us with enormous love and pride as well as enormous frustration mixed with a huge dollop of guilt and worry. Parents book 1:1 sessions with me to focus on specific parenting issues such as…

  • pregnancy sessions & birth debrief
  • birth preparation
  • new babies/new parents
  • bedtime & sleep for babies and children
  • child development & behaviour
  • toilet training
  • weaning & food
  • going back to work after maternity leave
  • loss of identity
  • work/life balance
  • being a parent & parenting challenges
  • meeting the needs of more than one child
  • issues relating to older children & teenagers
  • feeling overwhelmed as a parent
  • being a grandparent
  • spending time together as a couple
  • changing relationships with friends and family

Find out more about booking a 1:1 Parent Session

working mum

And then there’s you, the woman behind the parent – what do you need? How do you look after you? Women book 1:1 sessions with me for lots of different reasons…

personal issues such as:

  • juggling different demands & responsibilities
  • loss of identity
  • anxiety & low mood
  • finding focus & motivation
  • thinking & headspace
  • stress management
  • menopause
  • work
  • lacking confidence
  • work/life balance
  • having a chance to focus on you – the person behind the parent

Find out more about booking a 1:1 Session for Women

My 1:1 sessions take place either in my consultation space in North Shields or in your home in the North East. Facetime sessions are also available for parents who live further away.

These confidential, professional and non-judgmental sessions can be essential to wellbeing. 1:1 sessions can focus on specific parenting issues as well as working through a range of personal issues – they are not about being told what to do, they are not about advice, they are not about counselling. They are about moving forward, having the time to offload, to have thinking time, to plan, to gather knowledge, coping strategies and a different perspective. They are about you and your need for information and reassurance.

If you have any queries about a 1:1 session, you can just send me a message to find out more.

Janine | Birth, Baby & Family
A specialist in pregnancy, birth and parent support