We all start this life with a family, whether that family is composed of blood relatives, adopted parents, or a foster family. Our family affects who we are and who we become, both for the better and for worse. There are times family therapy is helpful to address family pain and heal a family’s wounds, and it can be useful in any family situation that causes stress, grief, anger or conflict. It can help you and your family members understand one another better and learn coping skills to bring you closer together.
You will learn to:
- Develop and maintain healthy boundaries
- Foster cohesion and communication among family members
- Promote problem solving though understanding of family patterns and dynamics
- Build empathy and understanding
- Reduce family conflict
How often do we meet?
Our sessions together will last 50 minutes. There may be times that we need a longer session and that would be negotiable – generally 85 minutes.
The first session will be a time for us all to get to know a little about each other and complete any remaining paperwork. We’ll also get a detailed idea of where we want to go, and how to achieve your goals in therapy. I’ll explain my process, and we’ll put together a plan that works best, knowing that it will be flexible and open to change.
It is important to meet once a week, and unless otherwise agreed upon, each family member needs to be there for the work to be effective.
There may come a point when we wish to move to every other week as you work on skills that you learn.