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Ralph LMHC, Therapist
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Experience:  20+ years as therapist, supervisor, clinic director at mental health, substance abuse treatment ctrs
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My husband and i parted when my youngest daughter was nearly

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my husband and i parted when my youngest daughter was nearly 8 years old, she is approaching her 11th birthday andin her final year in primary school and over the last few months has been showing signs of not wanting to be on her own at bedtime preferring to have me or her older sister(17) with her and as a result wil stay awake until her sister or i come to bed. she continues to say that she is frightened that someithing is giong to happen to her, she has fab relationship with her dad whom i also have a very amicable relationship with. i feel though that because of my ex husbands irregular shift patterm ( he is a police officer) we have never been able to maintain a regular contact routine and as a consequence the children are in no weekly/monthly routine as to when theyhave contact with both myself and dad. she has sats exams fastly approaching and following our recent parent teacher interview i feel that the lack of sleep her school work is suffering,
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Ralph LMHC replied 7 years ago.

Hello,

I think your perception of the lack of consistancy may very well cause the lack of sleep. Clearly te lack of sleep can cause a decrease in her cognitive ability. I would strongly advise that the child see a child therapist and possibily consider family therapy.

Sincerely,

Ralph LMHC

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