A syndrome on the rise
Professor Moïra Mikolajczak describes parental burnout as, “an exhaustion syndrome that occurs when a parent has been exposed to too much stress in their parenting role for too long, in the absence of sufficient resources to compensate for the effect of stress”. Symptoms include exhaustion from the parental role, overload and loss of pleasure from parenting, and emotional distancing from one's children.
To access tests prepared by the Training Institute for Parental Burnout to self-assess if your symptoms relate to parental burnout, simply follow the link below and enter your contact details. I will be here to help every step of the way.
Private or group sessions
In person or online
Sessions can be completely tailored to your needs. During the sessions, we can work on:
Accept the parent you are and let go of perfectionism.
Develop emotional competencies, especially how to deal with stress.
Diminish the mental load of parenting and use your energy wisely.
Gain a new understanding of "quality time" and how to add this into your interactions with your family.
Rethink your relationship with your children and how it has been shaped by cultural and societal pressures.
Strengthen and/or grow the team that can help with care for your children.
Learn how to effectively ask for help when needed.
The services can be covered by NDIS.
Online videos and exercises booklet
NOTE: Parents in parental burnout commonly find it difficult to invest in themselves. To keep costs to a minimum, recording has been done at home and is not of professional quality.
Session 1: Being a parent in 21st century
This 27-minute video helps you gain an understanding of what parental burnout is, the symptoms of it and why it is more prevalent in Western society today. This is a great session to complete if you feel alone in parental burnout or that people around you do not understand what you are going through.
Session 2 - Each burnout has its own story
This 41-minute video explains what is at the centre of the treatment of parental burnout. If you only complete one session, I recommend this one. It has a fantastic set of exercises to better understand the unique stressors and resources in your parental role and how to overcome parental burnout.
Session 3: Parental perfectonism
This 36-minute video deep dives into one of the main risk factors of parental burnout - parental perfectionism. If you are a parent who strives for perfection but are exhausted as a result, this session is for you. We look into what perfectionism is, how a perfectionist parent functions and how to resolve perfectionism. We also talk about compassion, especially self-compassion.
Session 4: Developing emotional competencies
At 50-minutes, this is the longest video is the course and the one with the most content. I think everyone would benefit from watching this video, not just parents. The first part explains what emotional competencies are and how to develop them, while the second part provides great exercises to help you manage stress in your parenting role.
Session 5: Re-enhancing your relationship with your child/ren
One of the symptoms of parental burnout is an overload or loss of pleasure from the parenting role. This 40-minute video helps parents who would like to re-enhance their relationships with their child/ren by focusing on quality time and learning how best to choose battles in terms of education.
Session 6: The carer team
This 29-minute video investigates the team that cares about your child/ren. This session has great exercises to understand the weaknesses of your carer team - in particular in stressful situations - and help strengthen them.
Session 7: Asking for help
This 37-minute video is particularly beneficial if you feel like you are not getting the help you would like from your carer team. We look at creative ways to extend your carer team and deep dive into tools to communicate your needs more constructively so you receive the help you need.
Session 8: Preventing relapse
This 16-minute session is for parents who have completed sessions 1 to 7 and provides a great summary of all the tools and resources available. Most importantly, this session includes exercises to help prevent relapse.