Parental Pathways was founded by Maria McGrane and Linda Hanlon, with a combined 35 years of clinical experience in both public and private sectors working with adults, parents, adolescents and children.
“We met professionally eight years ago and, whilst still working in our independent practices as psychotherapists and trainers, we jointly realised and agreed that working directly with parents and family units was proving effective in providing long-lasting improvements to family communication.
“As parents ourselves, we know how important this service is and only wish we could have had this kind of support, guidance and access in our own early parenting years. This drives the ethos of Parental Pathways, combining our years of experience and unique skills to bring our shared vision to fruition: providing a dedicated service offering therapy, education and training for parents, children and families across Ireland.”
So what is Parental Pathways at its core? Well, it’s a three-strand approach:
- Firstly, we run bi-monthly group workshops, leading, training and advising parents on topics such as ‘understanding adolescence’ for parents of teens; ‘the feeding relationship’ for parents to understand this process with their newborns; and the likes of ‘understanding family dynamics’ or ‘the impact of screen time’, amongst many others.
- Secondly, we are the first facilitators on the island of Ireland of the research-informed Lighthouse Parenting Programme, modelled on an approach pioneered by the Anna Freud Centre in London.
- Thirdly, we also organise and run individual/group therapy sessions on a more one-to-one basis, tailored to meet a range of specific parental concerns.