The connections provided by healthy family relationships are foundations for good mental health. Family counseling provides the opportunity to work on better communication, develop healthy boundaries, build empathy and understanding, and to reduce conflicts within the family system. It does not assume one person is the “problem”, but rather that the family system needs adjusting. The entire family can struggle when a family member has concerns related to:
- Addictions or addictive behavior; co-dependency
- Adoption and foster care
- Adjustment to a new family member (birth of sibling; grandparent entering the home)
- Attachment issues
- Blended families
- Child abuse-related concerns
- Communication problems
- Family abuse or domestic violence
- Grief, loss, or abandonment
- Parenting or co-parenting
- Relocation to a new community
- Re-marriage or re-commitment
- Separation from parents
- Trauma or change (e.g., natural disaster, incarceration of a family member, relocation)
What do you mean by “family”? Who is considered to be the “family”?
Therapists consider “family” to be comprised of individuals who provide long-term
supportive roles in one another’s lives. Thus, it does not mean that “family” is
necessarily a blood-relative or someone who lives in your household.
Who needs to attend the family session?
I take a systems approach to family counseling, meaning we are able to look at the
perspective or framework of the problem to determine who might need to attend the
session. It may not be necessary (or even possible) for all of the family affected by the
problem to attend a particular session.
How long does family therapy last?
The number of family therapy sessions depends upon the problems needing to be
addressed, but the average number of sessions is 5-20.
How much does family therapy cost?
My fee for a 45-50 minutes family session is $130 cash or check and $135 if using a
credit card. This is regardless of who attends or how many people attend the session.