Protection vs. overprotection and the impact on resilience

Psychologist Rebecca Eberlin, PhD, explains the difference between protective and overprotective parenting and the lasting effects that each can have on your child
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Protection vs. overprotection and the impact on resilience

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There is definitely a difference between protection and overprotection when it comes to parenting your child. We encourage parents to be there for their child, support their child, and to know when they need to intervene to help their child get through a difficult situation. What we don't want parents to do is to always jump on things. When they see their child having a difficult experience on the playground, a difficult experience with a friend, or a difficult experience with homework, we don't want parents to immediately call the school or call another parent. Let your child have the opportunity to navigate that experience, so that they can have a successful experience. Something to draw on, when a similar situation pops up in the future.

Psychologist Rebecca Eberlin, PhD, explains the difference between protective and overprotective parenting and the lasting effects that each can have on your child

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Rebecca Eberlin, PhD

Psychologist

I am a California state licensed psychologist, who specializes in providing evidence-based treatment and assessment to children, adults and families with a variety of emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges.

A proud Wolverine, I graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Political Science. I then returned to California and completed my Doctoral training at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at Sharp HealthCare, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Children’s Health Council.

I relocated to Los Angeles in the summer of 2011 to conduct prevention-focused research at UCLA’s Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the Global Center for Children and Families. During my time at UCLA, I became the lead psychologist and Director of Services and Operations at the UCLA Family Commons in Santa Monica.

Throughout the course of my career, my research and treatment interests have included working with children, adolescents and adults who struggle with behavioral and emotional challenges, such as depression, anxiety, impulse control disorders, developmental disabilities and other family-based issues. I also conduct parent education seminars that focus on a wide variety of issues including resiliency, stress, relationships, social media and friendship and bullying.

While my primary location is West Los Angeles, I also have offices in Northern California. If you are interested in obtaining coaching or cognitive testing services in the Bay Area, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please please visit my website to learn more about me, my practice and how therapy can work for you.

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