Happiness is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.
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Families are varied and complex. Some are biologically related, some are “blended” or “step-families” and some families come together by choice through adoption. While family life can be rewarding and a source of joy and support, it can at times, be challenging. When families experience difficulty, family therapy can help strengthen communication among family members, redefine healthy roles, decrease conflict and restore healthy boundaries to promote individual and family functioning.

In family therapy, I work with families to help them to better understand the issues that have brought them into therapy. We examine stressors inside and outside of the family that might be impacting family wellness. In family therapy, we strive to develop new coping methods, improve communication techniques and increase problem solving skills that will benefit the family as a whole.

Some examples of family issues that are often addressed in family therapy:

  • Communication problems
  • Separation /Divorce
  • Step-family / Step-parent concerns
  • Adoption
  • Sibling conflict
  • Academic issues
  • Out of control teenage behaviors
  • Illness
  • Grief and Loss
  • Parent-Child relationship concerns
  • Trauma