Relationships are wonderful and they are terrifying. They can give us the highest highs and the lowest lows. We all live in relation to those around us and often when we struggle it is in relation to those that are closest to us. Many of us assume that when we have challenges we need to solve these on our own, and that our partners or family members are not involved.
Couples and families are systems, they work together in order to maintain the whole. So when one part is in distress, it affects the everyone, and the couple or the family is often the best source of healing.
In my experience, I have often found that when individuals, often parents or partners, enter therapy reporting a problem with someone within the family, that the most effective and efficient way to address this is to bring in a partner, a family member or even the whole family.
Couples and family sessions cost the same as individual, and medical insurances provide cover for sessions with individuals where family members are brought in.
My own approach to family therapy is based on Systems Theory, Emotion Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as I find the each of these approaches contribute in different and supportive ways to working with families.
When working with couples and families I begin with an introduction session with the whole family. I then see each member individually before we continue together.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions about starting family therapy.