Parents seek family counseling for a wide range of family issues including behavioral issues, illness, substance abuse, financial problems, stress, loss of a loved one just to name a few. This office’s family counseling service can restore peace within your home with conflict resolution strategies and parenting tips to help you deal with the many different personalities and emotions that flow through your home on a daily basis. No conflict is as destructive as constant conflict because it means that potential problems are not being addressed, so let me help you make sure your family has the tools to deal with large and small conflicts in a healthy way.
If you have children, parenting is one of the hardest jobs you will ever face. It takes the perfect balance of sensitivity, firmness and consistency to provide the supportive, authoritative environment your children crave. When the advice of friends and family becomes overwhelming, I can discuss with you tried-and-true parenting methods, backed by research, which will help you achieve the behaviors that you desire from your children and make communicating with your children simpler and more beneficial for both of you.
Family counseling for blended families is becoming more common because parents realize that it will take extra effort to bring together two existing family units. Blended families can be wonderfully loving and happy as long as the parents are working as a team to minimize the resentment that children feel about the separations and marriages that have landed them in this uncomfortable, unfamiliar family unit. I have many strategies that can help ease all members of your family into their new roles in a blended family!
Adoption is one of the most generous gifts a couple or family can provide for a child who has been abandoned, surrendered, or orphaned. The trauma that the child experienced before adoption is likely to carry over into their permanent family’s emotional structure, and the family’s existing dynamic can be greatly disturbed when adopting an older child, since family roles are already defined. Each family member involved in a domestic or international adoption deserves to have their feelings heard and valued. A licensed family therapist can be the sounding board your family needs.
When a family member is chronically or acutely ill, it puts stress on everyone in the family. Caregivers can burn out quickly, while children may not know how to communicate their feelings of fear or anger about the toll the illness is taking on the family. Serious illnesses can completely upset the family’s sense of normalcy, but family counseling during this difficult time can benefit everyone, including the person suffering from the illness, who may feel guilty, depressed or isolated.
I’m not the first to tell you, but families don’t always get along! You will have a certain amount of conflict no matter how hard you try to avoid it or sweep it under the rug. Rather than ignoring family issues, get them out in the open with my family counseling services which include conflict management techniques. When tensions mount within your family to the point that everyday life is disturbed, it’s time to seek professional help.