Caregiver Support & Parent Training - GreenTPsychology - New York, NY

Are You Sensing A Need For Caregiver and Parent Support In Your Organization?

  • Have you noticed members of your workforce or clientele struggling with responsibilities related to being a new parent or caregiver?

  • Are you an administrator in the care profession who receives a number of concerns related to caregiver stress or burnout?

  • Or, are you in another leadership role—either an administrator in a school, human relations professional or coordinator for a new moms or dads group—looking to help your team overcome stress?

Caregiver Stress—For Individuals, Parents And Professionals -- Is Very Common

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If members of your organization seem to be struggling with caretaking responsibilities, either as a professional, individual or new parent, it’s common for motivation and focus to suffer.

For example, many new parents return to work, perhaps before they are ready, just to maintain their employment status. In addition to struggling with postpartum anxiety and depression, they might be torn about where to dedicate their energies and feel stretched far too thin. You may be surprised to learn that 50-80 percent of new mothers struggle with what’s considered the “baby blues.” 15-21 percent have postpartum depression, according to Dr. Shoshana Bennett’s research in the Six Prenatal Mood Disorders.

Anxiety, depression and other health issues are also very common among caregivers—both professionals, such as nurses and nannies, and in-home caregivers tending to their loved ones. Caretakers often become so wrapped up in their duties that they neglect their own self-care, which can negatively impact mental and physical health. In fact, according to Caregiver Action, 23 percent of family caregivers report poor health.

Trying to find the balance between work and life is always challenging, but add the stress of caretaking or raising a child, and individuals can become completely overstressed, and maybe even experience compassion fatigue or caregiver burnout.

As a leader in your organization, you may want to provide ways to manage stress and improve overall functioning and health. You want the individuals in your immediate circle to be happy, healthy and able to perform the functions of their roles to the best of their abilities.

The good news is that really practical ways to address these concerns are available. Even with just one workshop, your organization can locate areas of improvement and attain practical guidance toward solutions that improve your team member’s wellbeing, communication skills and productivity.

Caregiver Support & Parent Trainings Can Provide Concrete Solutions  

At GreenT Psychology, I offer a number of caregiver support and parent trainings. These trainings can last three hours, round out an afternoon or span an entire day, or they can be ongoing, building from one session to another. Together, we can assess your needs and create a tailor-made training that addresses your organization’s unique concerns thoroughly, with both practicality and compassion. 

Currently, the different workshops I offer include:

  • Stress Reduction And Mindfulness For New Parents Returning To The Workforce
  • Work Life Balance For Caretakers
  • Understanding The Need For Self-Care For Parents
  • Self-Care For First Time Parents
  • Managing Multiple Caretaking Roles
  • Navigating The Nanny Parent Relationship

Caregiver support and parent trainings can be incredibly effective in providing your team with the knowledge, insight and tools needed to promote more balance. These trainings are designed to help everyone involved become more effective communicators and collaborators.

Your organization can become familiar with the effect care-taking has on emotional and physical health. I can also provide tools to lessen the toll so your members can engage actively and eagerly. 

The groups here are small so that every member has the opportunity to voice their concerns and be heard. With openness and empathy, we explore and breakdown the multifaceted pressures that contribute to the struggles your organization face.

Every organization’s needs are different, so our work is tailored toward whatever pressing issues currently impact your team. With that being said, your members will walk away with tangible skills to reduce stress. Some of the benefits and takeaways of the workshop include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Self-reflection exercises
  • Examining the ways in which your team members are currently coping with stress and replacing unhelpful patterns with new, healthier options.
  • Exploring basic self-care, like sleep, exercise and eating in order to create an agenda for better health.
  • Challenging negative thinking that fuels anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. 

As your group leader, I draw from a rich background in helping caregivers manage stress. I hold specialized trainings in maternal mental health from the Seleni Institute and from Postpartum Support International. I also have a multitude of experiences helping caregivers and clients with chronic illness live full lives. Regardless of the issues your organization is dealing with, your team members can walk away with the confidence and insights needed to feel, communicate and function better as individuals and as a unit.

You may still have questions or concerns about caregivers support and parent training…

With everyone’s hectic schedules, I’m not sure there’s time for this.

These groups are very flexible, to accommodate and respect everyone’s schedule. Although scheduling may seem frustrating right now, in the long run, applying what you learn here can improve productivity overall, making everyone feel less pressed for time.

Everyone’s experiences are different. How can the workshop benefit us all?

Everyone’s experiences are unique and valid. With that being said, the tools I provide here apply to a variety of stressful situations and needs.

And, if your group would like to build on the communication and stress management skills they develop in the group, I can provide additional workshops to continue the work and strengthen the foundation we laid before. Individuals are also welcome to speak to me about receiving additional one-on-one support.

I have doubts that a workshop will significantly impact my members who are struggling.

The tools that I provide can be invaluable. If folks consistently put these tools into practice, they can expect to see results. Ultimately, providing your team with the ability to better manage stress will improve operations overall.

Learn More About What Caregiver Support And Parent Trainings Can Offer

I look forward to helping your team thrive in and out of the workplace.

 

Testimonials

  • I've had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Skoufalos for nearly a decade--she is not only an incredibly empathic and attuned psychologist, she's also one of the most kind and warm-hearted humans I've ever met. I say 'human' because that's what you can expect from Dr. Skoufalos in her clinical care--a human and humane approach to helping clients explore their deepest pains and greatest aspirations. To the clinical encounter, she brings a diverse background, a perceptive eye, mind-body awareness, and rigorous training in multiple therapeutic modalities-- all of which inform, but do not replace or obscure, her deep attentiveness to the unique person sitting in front of her. Her knowledge of many languages is perhaps the perfect metaphor for her psychotherapeutic practice--a practice that is able to speak the languages od mind, body, and soul
    — Miraj Desai, Ph.D.
  • I never hesitate to make a referral to Dr. Skoufalos. We have been colleagues for over 10 years and her compassion and intelligence set an example of the standard of care that all in the mental health profession should be aspiring to. I'm proud to be associated with Dr. Skoufalos and would refer my closest family and friends to her
    — Carrie Christensen, LCSW
  • Dr. Nicoletta Skoufalos is one of the best psychologists I've worked with. Her work is superb. Nicoletta is empathetic, knowledgeable, encouraging, and has an amazing way of making her clients feel safe, and taken care of. Her manner is both nurturing and firm -- both vital components for you as a patient to get the most out of therapy
    — Marjorie Nolan Cohn, MS, RDN
  • As a colleague of Dr. Skoufalos and clinical psychologist who has worked in several clinical settings, it is with confidence I an attest to Dr. Skoufalos skill as a therapist and ability to connect with others. She has a passion for helping people heal. Regardless of the challenges you face, she will support your path to managing your difficulties and moving toward a healthier self.
    — Isaiah Pickens, Ph.D.
  • I have known Dr. Skoufalos for nearly 11 years. In the course of that time, she has guided me through difficult moments. Dr. Skoufalos has an uncanny ability to ask the right question that always unveils the underlying issue that causes so much anxiety. Once the issue is revealed, she listens very carefully and then slowly, she brings focus to my feeling and asks me to lean into them and not ignore them. She treads carefully and with compassion never imposing judgment, but always giving true words of wisdom that help guide me through the moment to a place of acceptance and calmness reminding me that I am in control and that the only thing I have to do in breathe. Dr. Skoufalos is an amazing therapist that will help you feel calm and empowered. Highly recommended!
    — Sofia L.
  • Nicoletta is a fantastic colleague and psychotherapist. Working with her is always productive. I often refer patients to her because I know they will be in good hands
    — Molly Swersky, LCSW
  • Dr. Nicoletta Skoufalos is a highly skilled clinician, and I am proud to have her as a colleague in the field. She is genuinely invested in her clients, as she provides a warm, compassionate space that facilitates change. I often refer clients to her without hesitation, as I am confident they will be in good hands. Her natural empathic demeanor, strong clinical skills, and professionalism make her a wonderful psychologist
    — Cristina Dorazio, Ph.D.
 
 

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