Reunification Counseling is aimed at helping a parent and child re-establish a relationship after a period of trauma or separation. Counseling is focused on identifying and processing issues that have occurred that led up to the lack of contact. The reunification process is child-focused. The goal is to help the parent understand their child’s needs as they begin to develop an ongoing and healthy relationship. Reunification Counseling may be court-ordered, or both parents may agree to seek counseling. It is essential to address these issues and seek the support of an experienced professional.
Reunification counseling is also available in situations where a child may be refusing to spend time with one parent. Reunification may be recommended in families that are going through a high conflict separation or divorce. In some cases, a parent and child may have had a conflict that was emotionally stressful for the child. It is vital for the child to have an opportunity to process their feelings and have their voice heard by the parent. In these situations, the parent and child will work with a counselor to address the specific concerns that occurred in the family system. If the child feels that they were wronged or mistreated, the parent needs to apologize and rebuild trust with the child.