Family Counseling

About

As a family counselor, may greatest joy is helping couples revitalize their relationships and transform the legacies they pass to their children. At a time when connection seems both increasingly precious and harder to sustain, my aim is to empower families of all kinds to pursue the kinds of healthy relationships deserving of all humans. 

Common Issues

I see families faced with a number of issues. Some of the more common ones include:

  • Transition into parenthood
  • Relationship troubles
  • Postpartum depression, mother and/or father
  • Intergenerational issues
  • Sexual concerns
  • Parenting/attachment concerns
  • Traumatic birth experiences
  • Blended families
  • Loss of a family member

Approaches and Influences

Relational Parenting

Relational parenting is an extension of Terry Real's work in Relational Life Therapy that empowers parents to raise relationally skilled children in an anti-relational culture. Through specific parenting practices, children are able to learn to cherish themselves as imperfect beings that are neither better-than nor less-than others. In addition to helping children develop this healthy self-esteem, parents learn to promote the functional boundaries that are vital for loving relationships.

Family Systems

Families often seek therapy when one member becomes symptomatic. As a family therapist, I seek to understand how this person's context affects their function. I also seek to understand the various roles family members learn to play and how these patterns might be altered to improve the family's health. 

Filial Therapy

I've found that when children are experiencing behavior problems, there is often a rupture of some sort in the parent-child relationship. Attempts at control or discipline often fail when this essential relational piece is missing. Filial therapy involves strengthening and repairing the parent-child bond through structured play. These special play sessions are non-directive, child-led, and non-judgmental. Because play is the native language of children, it as an essential way to connect with them. As adults, we might have to re-learn how to play.