Stressful events and life transitions can affect and strain family relationships. Family therapy brings parents, siblings, caregivers and extended family members into the treatment process. During family therapy, you and your family can explore family roles and patterns of behavior in order to gain a deeper understanding of how to create the change you seek and to teach skills to deepen and/or repair family connections. You can also learn skills to improve family communication and express difficult emotions respectfully.
As a family therapist, I believe in accessing your family strengths in order to assist you in identify solutions to family problems or difficult dynamics. I hold each family member accountable for creating change toward the family goals. We only have control over our own responses to others, and therefore, when one or more individuals change their own reactions and behaviors, the family dynamic must respond in a new way.
I have extensive experience in working with youth and their families presenting with a variety of issues.
Family therapy sessions can be helpful to address:
- Discipline issues and differences in parenting styles between parents/caregivers
- Child behavioral issues such as aggression and tantrums
- Conflicts between siblings and/or parents and extended family members
- Communication struggles
- Adoption and family identity issues
- School difficulties
- Child issues
- Teen issues
- Drug and alcohol use
- Issues related to family transitions, illness and other challenges
- Grief due to loss, separation and/or divorce
- Support for parents, siblings and family members related to issues of gender identity and/or sexual orientation
What does family therapy look like?
My sessions vary when working with families. I may include all family members in the session or just the child and parent(s). When needed, I also hold sessions with the parents and/or caregivers for parent coaching and addressing family stressors and transitions. I work with blended families, step families, single parent homes, same-sex parents and parents and/or caregivers of all gender expressions and identities.