Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

Managing Difficult Parents & Families (Webinar)

Managing difficult families as a therapist, mental health professional, or teacher can be very difficult. Families that display difficult patterns of behavior tend to have a lot of needs.

Some common needs include but are not limited to:

  • financial,
  • emotional/psychological,
  • socio-economic, and
  • educational

These limitations can cause a host of problems for students as well as teachers. This article will briefly review my webinar with on managing challenging families.

I enjoy working with the team over at  Topics are always interesting and I’ve been given the opportunity to train other professionals on topics that I choose. It’s great.

Sadly, many of the topics discussed are real for many of my clients in today’s society. Topics discussed in the past include adolescent suicide, childhood suicide, trauma and suicide, and managing suicidal youths. This time around I decided to discuss the challenges of working with difficult families.


What are some major barriers parents/families create in treatment or education?

As a therapist, I have worked with many difficult families. I remember my very first client being a family who had 5 kids on the autism spectrum. The oldest was very calculating and manipulative. His mother was over-protective and overly concerned about what “others think about us.” The challenges I encountered with this family seriously impaired the therapeutic relationship. Not only was there confusion and frustration due to mother’s inability to keep things organized and correct, but there was a lot of transference from the mother to me. Sadly, she had negative relationships with almost ALL of the therapist’s who had worked with her son.


What should I watch out for?

I learned in this experience that sometimes the most difficult to work with as a professional is a parent. In many ways, the kids are easiest to work with. Kids can be wonderful, but their parents can be nightmares. As a result, it is important that we learn ways around the complicated nature of difficult and possibly even unstable families. Family dynamics, parental mental health, parental personality traits, etc. can all negatively contribute to an otherwise positive relationship with the child.

To learn more about this topic, tune into my webinar (10/19/17) below:

As always, I wish you well

*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

States across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

To keep everyone at Anchored Child & Family Counseling safe, I will only be opening the office for in-person sessions 1 day of the week. The other days of the week will consist of teletherapy sessions until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated and corona virus cases have gone down.

My office assistant and I will be monitoring insurance policies for any changes to corona-related cost share, copayment, and coinsurance policies. I will be checking and rechecking insurance policies to ensure you will be covered for teletherapy. At this time, all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy into September 2020.

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Thank you



Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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