“We all live in the shelter of each other” according to an old Irish saying. Our joys and our wounds are embedded in family. It is a privilege that families allow me to assist them in ways known to be effective. Together we build realistic plans to achieve the results they want-and to maintain those results into the future.
Family Therapy What Is It?
Family therapy brings parents, siblings and extended family members into the therapy process. The family has its own structure and patterns of communication, which may be defined by parenting style, personalities and other influences. Family plays an important role in our emotional, physical and spiritual development since each individual in the family system impacts and is impacted by the others. For example, one person’s illness can change the lives and interactions of all the other family members.
What are the benefits?
Evaluating issues in family therapy can help an individual:
- Understand how their family functions
- Identify strengths and weaknesses within the family system
- Set goals and develop strategies to resolve challenges
- Improve communication skills
- Make the entire family stronger
When the whole family grows, each individual member is better off. Anyone seeking healthier, closer family relationships can benefit from family therapy. Family therapy is used to treat a wide range of situations, including:
- Marital problems
- Parent-child conflict
- Problems between siblings
- The effects of illness on the family
What to expect in a family session.
In a no-charge 15 minute phone call, we will clarify your family’s needs and priorities. Once we have determined that the loved ones that spend the most time with your child are willing to work together building a plan, we will meet weekly. Initial sessions may at times include your child, other times just parent or parents. Helping family members identify the issues that are causing difficulty frees them up to seek win-win solutions. Skills necessary to implement the plan will be taught and practiced at home.
Divorce ends a marriage-NOT a family
Reunification therapy is a particular type of family therapy that has the goal of reuniting parents and children who have been estranged as a result of parents' separation or divorce. Sometimes the therapy is court ordered following a parent's petition to the court to have parenting time with his/her children. More often it begins as one parent senses a disconnect with their child/children and seeks a better relationship. Both children and parents need to participate in the process. For more information, please contact Linda.