A client may experience issues with temperament and identity development or even issues in the area of attachment. The avoidant, disorganized-disoriented, and anxious-resistant attachment types could present in clients. Having a secure attachment does help to create healthy relationships that are dependable (Wong et al., 2021). In practice, one of my favorite things to do is to provide parent coaching to giving parents more tools to use with their children.
Discussing with parents about brain development is an important component because parents expect chronological age to determine some growth milestones and it is important to make parents aware that their child develops in their own time. Parents often expect children’s minds to develop the same way they can measure or compare their child’s physical growth to other children’s, but this is not the case.
In my experience, the clients that have had developmental complications had physical ailments (like liver failure) that caused them to fall behind in other areas of their development because of the amount of time required attending to physical medical needs or extended hospitalizations for surgeries for example. Issues that are presented in counseling as a result of unhealthy infant development are Parent Education regarding discipline for the infant, sleep management, physical punishment, and attachment Parenting (Wong et al., 2021).
Reference: Wong, D. W., Hall, K. R., & Hernandez, L. W. (2021). Counseling individuals through the lifespan (2nd ed.). Sage.
Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, United States Air Force Veteran, Doctoral student, writer, speaker, and Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
I was born in Anchorage, Alaska. I am of Alaskan Native and African American decent. I grew up as a military dependent of a single parent father who retired with 24 years of honorable service in the Army. I joined the Air Force at 17 years old in 2006 and served on active duty for 11 years until June 2017. My service includes one deployment to Kuwait in 2010. I have lived in 11 locations in the country and made the El Paso, TX area my home since April 2018.
I am a Board-Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist at Elevated Horizons Consulting and Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate.