Often, psychotherapist Gloria Burrett asks parents at her workshops to quickly rearrange furniture, while simultaneously following several other instructions. A fun activity, this one usually results in giggles, but for Burrett, this chaos actually represents the brain of a teenager. Through more such interactive activities, Burrett helps parents enter the world of adolescents. On April 9 and 16, the 56-year-old will hold an Express Masterclass on “how to be a better parent” at The Mother’s International School in Delhi, at 10.30 am.
Her second workshop as part of Express Masterclass, Burrett’s sessions this time are meant for parents of children aged between 11 and 17 years. “The workshops will help parents understand why adolescents behave the way they do; how and when to set boundaries; what to do when they don’t adhere to these boundaries; and how to connect to them,” says Burrett. The three-hour-long session will have parents indulge in kinesthetic exercises, and be part of hypothetical scenarios to deal with everyday issues with their teenagers.
Burrett is a certified integrative psychotherapist, who started her career as a social worker with an NGO, before moving to psychotherapy. She specialises in adolescent and family therapy. “Every adolescent undergoes three development milestones: sexuality, identity and autonomy. Why this age seems toughest to handle is because suddenly the parent feels inadequate, powerless. The aim is to make the parents understand why their autonomy is being questioned and how they can stop being an angry parent,” she says.
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