Family therapy is a specialized type of counseling where sessions include 2 or more family members. Often all the family members in a particular household attend together. In this setting a family counselor is able to help family members improve their communication and learn to interact more effectively. Other times families can heal together after a traumatic experience or adjust to a transition.
Family therapy is often recommended for people experiencing one or more of the following.
- Problems with parent-child or sibling relationships
- Arguing or tension in the home
- Blended family issues
- Adolescents with behavioral or emotional problems
- Parenting struggles/Parents not on the same page
- Supporting a family member with a chronic mental illness, physical disability, medical illness, or developmental disability
- Family member with substance abuse or other addiction problem
- Conflict between adult family members
- Grief/death in the family
- Divorce adjustment
- Move or other family transition
Angela McLean, LMFT has received specialized training for working with entire families and family issues and enjoys getting to know entire families. Family therapy typically begins with an overall assessment where each family member gets the opportunity to speak about their view of the problem. Additionally, during the first 2-3 sessions, Angela works to develop a relationship with each family member and assess the family’s strengths, need areas, and interaction patterns. After this process is complete, recommendations and treatment goals will be discussed and developed with the entire family. When appropriate individual or couples counseling will be recommended for one or more family members.
Healthy family relationships are key to happiness for everyone. If you are looking for a peaceful home that you can look forward to coming back to at the end of the day, consider scheduling an initial appointment.
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