- Are you looking for a way to improve the communication, trust, and cohesion within your family?
- Is your child experiencing difficulty adjusting to a transition, such as a family move, divorce, or recent loss?
- Are you wishing your blended family would hurry up and “blend” already?
- Is the tension in your home unbearable due to conflict between one or more family members?
Family therapy is based on the belief that the family is a unique social system with its own structure and patterns of communication. This structure determines roles and values while maintaining balance and cohesion within a family. As a child matures and a family changes, it is common for parents and children alike to struggle to adjust their roles and expectations to meet members’ ever-changing needs.
Life transitions are also challenging, and common times for discord and conflict to occur, especially for children whose brains are still developing and have limited life experience to draw from. A family move, change of school, or divorce can leave children feeling as if their world has been turned upside down and there is little they can do about it. When their sense of comfort and security is threatened, children may act out or, alternatively, withdraw.
How we plan to help…
Family therapy seeks to restore balance and cohesion to families by (re)establishing developmentally appropriate roles, setting and maintaining clear boundaries and most importantly, providing families with a warm and safe environment to connect.
During the course of treatment, a family will learn new communication tools to help them feel heard and have their needs met. Parents will learn how to encourage autonomy while also providing their children with the support and love they need to feel confident to explore their world and reach for their dreams.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m afraid that I’ll be judged for making poor parenting decisions.
Every parent goes through periods when they question if their parenting is adequate. Wondering if you’re good enough – especially during challenging times – is normal. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, counseling sessions that are confidential and non-judgmental can provide you with the support, skills and strategies that you may need to feel more confident and better navigate this difficult time.
I’m a parent. We’ve gone through tough times before. I should be able to handle this on my own.
Seeking help is not an indication that you are not parenting well. Rather, you’re seeking resources to help you navigate something new and unfamiliar. For one reason or another, the tools and strategies that were effective in helping your child in the past are no longer working. This could be because of the intensity of the change or perhaps because your child has entered into a new developmental stage and is now older and more complex. Parenting strategies that work at one stage of development often do not work at another.
During times of change, getting support and developing effective tools can help you and your family experience renewed harmony. Being proactive and getting help immediately can also prevent negative behaviors from becoming entrenched and give all members of your family skills that can be used when stress and change arise in the future.