Psychotherapy for families
Family therapy is a specialized form of service that allows for family members to join together to address a particular concern. It may be to support a family member, reduce conflict, or understand individual or collective behaviors. Family therapy is grounded in the idea that each family is a unique social system, with its own organization, patterns of communication, rules, boundaries, history, and implicit and explicit rules. Strong emotional ties bind family members together creating powerful forces of connection and disconnection.
The therapist facilitates the discovery and new forms of engagement and communication. This is accomplished by paying attention to the complexity of the family dynamics, to each unique role, the observation of verbal and nonverbal behavior, and the clarification of intention vs. impact among family members. The family, as a group, joins together to create a more supportive, harmonious, and trusting environment for everyone. Any change in one individual member can foster change in the structure of the entire family, which in turn generates a more lasting outcome.
How do I get started…
Your first step is to call us or send a message to schedule your initial appointment. You will be asked to provide some basic information, such as your name and address and your partner’s name. Insurance does not consider couples therapy to be a medically necessary service. Even though couples are deeply impacted by the quality of their relationship, there is no covered diagnosis or disorder that represents their struggle or their treatment. Therefore, couples therapy is a service paid for out-of-pocket.
Scheduling your first meeting does not commit you to therapy, rather it gives both you and your potential therapist an opportunity to evaluate what is going on in your life and see whether we are a good match for what you are seeking.
We are interested in developing a collaborative relationship with you in which we will try to decide together what kind of treatment would fit you best. If we feel that someone, in our group or in the community, is better suited for what you are looking for, we will offer a referral. Otherwise, we will create a treatment plan and schedule follow up appointments accordingly.