Parents, children, and siblings often have very different ways of seeing the problems that arise in their families. The truth is that most problems surface because long-standing patterns of behavior and communication no longer work. Families naturally create these patterns and over time, become entrenched in them, allowing them to dictate communication and behavior.
If these patterns are not flexible enough, families struggle to adapt to natural changes in a family’s life cycle. Reactions to normal life transitions and major life events become troubling and disrupt your otherwise happy home. Common concerns addressed in family therapy include:
- Your Child Becoming a Teenager
- The Death of a Loved One
- Divorce or Marriage
- Creating an Adult Relationship with Your Parents
- Sibling Conflict
- Joining Together to Heal Wounds from Past Experiences
In family therapy, I will become an advocate for your entire family by promoting reconnection and facilitating communication. I can’t guarantee that sessions will always be comfortable, but I can promise that family members learn to listen and understand each other like never before.
We will work to find common ground on a variety of issues, including school, discipline, boundaries, and appropriate ways to disagree. I believe that each family member shares the responsibility for improvement. Therefore, I will challenge and support each of you to develop new perspectives and find empathy for one another. Each of you has strengths, and together, you can overcome any obstacle your family faces.
Family Therapy is appropriate for parents and teens and can be offered in conjunction with your teen’s individual therapy. Family therapy is also appropriate for adults who want to heal relationships with their parents or siblings.