Family Psychotherapy

What makes Family Therapy different from other types of psychotherapy?

This form of therapy is different from individual therapy, not only in terms of who participates, but also in the way that issues are resolved. In family therapy we will look at the family as an entire system rather than attributing problems to one specific person. 

​Who should participate in Family Therapy?

Typically anyone relevant to the issues that you wish to resolve should be a part of the session. Sometimes this includes parents and child(ren), but it can also include extended family members such as grandparents, aunts and uncles, godparents, or anyone that the family deems to be a key player in resolving the issue. 

What issues are typically discussed in Family Therapy? 

  • Behavioral issues in children
  • Substance Abuse 
  • Grief and loss
  • Adjustment to life transitions
  • Mental health concerns (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, personality disorders)
  • Military issues (coping with deployment, changes in parenting roles, recognizing and coping with PTSD, relocation)

Psychotherapy for Divorce & Co-Parenting  

Are you adjusting to a recent separation or divorce? Talking to a  professional may help you to find some comfort while you and your family make this difficult transition. This transition will be more complex if you and your former spouse have children, no matter their ages. The loss of the relationship will take an emotional toll on everyone in the family, including extended family members, this can be easy to forget when in the midst of trying to sort out the logistics of un-coupling. Helping your children process this loss through the guidance of family therapy will not only allow you to mourn the relationship yourself, but will also show your children that you are emotionally available for them throughout this difficult process. Children of divorced parents tend to develop attachment and abandonment issues, allowing them to process their emotions in a controlled environment can help protect against the long term psychological harm commonly associated with divorce. 

Issues Divorce Counseling can help you resolve: 

  • Grief resulting from the loss of the relationship
  • Anger or resentment towards your former spouse
  • Parenting issues and helping children adjust 
  • Learning to co-parent and set boundaries with your former spouse