Parenting is a lifelong journey, that’s for sure. Sometimes on the journey your children break your heart, fill you with overwhelming love, and just sometimes bring you to the point of despair – all in the same day!

As well as bringing us joy, children can pose a challenge that can leave parents feeling exhausted, exasperated, and desperate. Every parent works towards the same goal – to help nurture a child into a balanced, happy, loving young adult who is ready and equipped to take on the challenges of living and thriving in our complex, modern world. That’s all you need to do. Easy, right? Not on your life!

It can be difficult to keep up with the constant change of our children and their needs. They seem to grow so fast and just when we start to feel like we finally get them they change again. If it is any consolation, you are most definitely not alone. The good news is that I can help! I work with parents to improve their parenting skills and help them to resolve issues or challenges that may arise.

Understanding a child’s brain, their development, and how you can optimise your parenting can help you to meet the needs of your child, help them to build confidence, and remove anxiety around parenting.

Parenting – Finding the answers to your questions

I have worked extensively with children of all ages and I have many years of experience, firstly in childcare and then in psychotherapy. I have a vast amount of knowledge and experience that will help you find the answers that you are looking for. If I can’t help, then rest assured that I will be able to direct you to the correct resources that will help you.

Our parenting service isn’t counselling. The aim of this service to give you space to talk about the challenges you are facing and then I can then use my expertise in this area to help you find the best route forward. Unfortunately, there is no ”one size fits all” approach, but there is always something that can be done to make things better and families happier and calmer.

By having this space to talk, our clients can really put things into perspective and give them clarity over a situation. My knowledge is invaluable as I am often able to provide my clients with that missing piece of information that suddenly makes things clearer. I call it the ‘Aha moment’.

Clients often have questions about:

Infant, baby, toddler/0-3
  • The first week after birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Infant sleeping
  • Recovery from birth
  • Judgment
  • Worries about weight
  • Weaning
  • Eating and nutrition
  • Tantrums
  • Terrible twos
  • Gentle discipline
  • Potty training
  • Developmental milestones
  • Grandparents
  • Starting nursery
  • Separating parent of a baby/Infant
Primary school age/4-10
  • Starting School
  • Bullying
  • Moving to a new house or school
  • Challenging behaviours
  • Setting rules and boundaries
  • Learning
  • Sharing
  • New sibling
  • Separating parents
Teenagers and young adults/11+
  • Eating disorders
  • Friends and fitting in
  • Weight
  • Exercise and sport
  • Self-harming
  • Gaming
  • Sexuality
  • Smoking
  • Drinking/drugs
  • Relationships
  • Anger issues
  • Communication
  • Self esteem
  • Confidence
  • Body image
  • Moving out
  • Starting university
  • Exam stress
  • Dealing with loss
  • Motivation
  • Depression
  • Separating parents
  • Family conflict: parents, siblings, grandparents
Counselling for parents
  • Post natal depression
  • Blended families
  • Baby shock


At Nightingale, we understand the challenges and difficulties around parenting, and together we will look at designing a parenting programme to enable your children to grow and flourish, and for you to get back to parenting more effectively.

We offer young adult counselling between the ages of 13 to 18.

If you would like help to improve your own parenting skills, or if there is a particular parenting issue that you need help with, please feel free to get in touch with me by contacting Nightingale Counselling today. Either use our Contact Page or call us on 0141 353 9373

Dafina Ganeva

Online Individual Counsellor
Nightingale Counselling Consultancy