Family Therapy

Family therapists are trained to focus on relationships. As human beings, we are constantly engaging in some type of relationship. Babies grow in a biological mother’s womb, and this is the earliest relationship they experience. They are then born into the world and their relationships continue with caregivers, siblings, relatives, doctors, daycare providers, teachers, coaches; the list goes on. We are constantly effecting and being affected by relationships.

​For many of us, the most impactful relationships we will experience are relationships with our family members, both our families of origin and our families of primary affiliation. Family members often reside together (or did at one time) or are in close contact with one another and have influence over one another. When we spend significant amounts of time interacting with others, patterns of interaction begin to emerge. One focus of family therapy is addressing interactional patterns that cause distress.

​When a couple is experiencing a divorce, other members of the family are affected. Divorce is a transitional period for all family members involved, especially children. Divorce necessitates a reorganization of the family regarding proximity (both physical and emotional), boundaries, roles, expectations and rules. It can be helpful to have intentional conversations about these changes as a family to promote emotional health, adjustment, and healing.

​In family therapy sessions, it is helpful to have various family members present in session. You can expect to have a safe space to express your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs while also acknowledging the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs of others. In family therapy you can expect to be challenged to consider your own patterns of interaction and where they originated. You can expect to work hard and be vulnerable, and ultimately gain a sense of peace within your relationships.

​Family therapy can be helpful for any type of issue but some of the most common include problematic behaviors, problematic relationships, various transitions, divorce, co-parenting, single parenting, blended families, alternative families, adoption, trauma, loss, and illness of a family member.

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