The Challenge of Co-Parenting

The Challenge

In the last couple of days we came across a recent interview given by Ronan Keating. Normally, celebrity interviews don’t quite catch our attention. When we heard that co-parenting was a topic discussed, our interest was piqued. Bath Avenue Counselling Centre have in the past held courses on the very topic of co-parenting, and we were very interested to hear what the former Boyzone star had to say on the matter and the challenges faced in such a situation.

Co-parenting is a challenge that is facing an increasing number of parents in Ireland. Many couples no longer stay together ‘for the sake of the children’, instead seeking a more appropriate and healthier situation in which to live and parent. With the stigma associated with divorce and separation dissipating slowly, parents are now much more likely to find an alternative to living together in what may well be an acrimonious and unhealthy atmosphere.

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Stress and Anxiety

Stress and Anxiety

Following on from last week’s blog about stress, this week we’re looking at a point that we touched on very briefly – Stress and Anxiety. We wrote about the Automatic Nervous System and how our bodies’ responses are activated unconsciously in a threatening situation. If we hear a loud noise, our muscles might tense and our heart beat increases. Today we’re looking at Panic Attacks. What makes a Panic Attack different, and particularly difficult to deal with, is that these intense bodily reactions occur in the absence of any immediate or apparent danger. Read more

Stress in a ‘switched on’ world

Stress in a ‘switched on’ world

Stress affects everyone in some shape or form. This is not always a bad thing as some stress can be beneficial. Consider the sportsperson that is stepping onto the field. A certain level of stress elevates their ability to concentrate and react. Even in our general lives, without stress we may become lethargic and listless. However, the experience of excessive stress or the inability to control it is problematic. Read more

Parenting and Child Development in the Modern Age

Parenting and Child Development can be one of the most wonderful experiences in life. Parenting and Child Development is also one of the greatest challenges. There is a myriad of decisions to be taken, and it is hard to know if we’re making the right ones. The element of surprise also faces us each and every day; a child will never stick to the plan!

Winnicot Psychiatrist has something interesting things to say on Parenting and Child Development. The first is that you do not need to be the perfect parent. Indeed, is there such a thing as the perfect parent? Can the pursuit of being the perfect parent be counterproductive in some ways? He maintains that we should be providing the support and encouragement to allow the child to find its own path in the world. Read more

Bath Avenue Counselling – An exciting development

Hello and welcome to the Bath Avenue Counselling blog. We are Eamonn Boland and Valerie Kilkenny, founders of the Bath Avenue Counselling Centre.

The first part of 2018 has been incredibly exciting for us as we amalgamated our individual practices to form the Bath Avenue Counselling Centre.

We have been involved in the industry for more than thirty years between us, and our delighted to bring our training and experience to this evolution. Read more