Every family has problems and most problems do not require therapy – that’s a fact. However, family therapy may help you if your family struggles with one or more of the following situations:
- Your child or teen is behaving in an inappropriate or dangerous manner and you can’t seem to “get through” to him or her.
- Communication just isn’t working – and only seems to create the same or worse arguments, repeatedly.
- Anger, fear, or stress are the dominant emotions within one or more family relationships, and efforts to resolve these feelings are failing.
- A key relationship in the family has fallen apart – such as between the parents, between child or adult siblings, or even between one family member and a close relative.
- One family member has given into a cycle of addictive or dangerous behavior, and no one knows what to do.
- Current or previous patterns of abuse – verbal and/or physical – have severely undermined trust and communication within the family.
These are some of the situations to look out for, but there are others. Fundamentally, if there is strain in the family that cannot be resolved despite the best efforts of you and loved ones, family therapy may be able to help.
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There are a number of circumstances under which therapy may be a good way forward for your teen.
- Is your teen’s behavior endangering himself or others?
- Is your teen reacting very poorly to your own reactions to his behavior?
- Does your teen’s behavior interfere with daily family functioning and activities?
- Is your relationship or marriage overly strained due to your teen’s behavior?
- Are you out of answers and unsure what to do?
If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes,” then therapy may help. If you find yourself unsure, you may also call or email for a conversation.
Ultimately you will decide for yourself if you’d like help working through what’s bothering you; however, there are also several signs to look out for as well.
- Do you feel run-down, tired, or angry for an extended period without knowing why?
- Do you feel sick or under the weather, even after having a clean bill of health confirmed by doctors?
- Are your relationships becoming strained and unmanageable?
- Are close friends and family members suggesting you seek professional help?
- Is your mood and mindset affecting your work performance negatively?
- Do your emotions feel more intense in reaction to daily events than you think they should?
- Have you suffered a trauma and found yourself unable to stop thinking about it?
- Have you turned to a substance or alcohol to relieve how you feel?
- Do you feel disconnected or disinterested in the hobbies you normally love?
If the answer to any of these are in the positive, therapy may help you. By breaking and reestablishing the patterns with which you view and take actions in your life, you may experience immense positive change.
I focus on long-term solutions that lead individuals to modify their behaviors independently and create more satisfying and fulfilling lives. Individual therapy is an intervention and may help you prevent years of unnecessary future emotional trauma.
Everyone is different, but the techniques and processes developed from my years of psychotherapy experience have helped individuals chart a healthy path forward.
Medications such as Adderall or Ritalin for ADD or ADHD, antidepressants in other circumstances, and a variety of other drugs may help to dampen symptoms; however, the goal of our work together is to resolve behavioral challenges at their root, leading to healthy modifications and overall improved self-esteem and communication going forward.
In some cases, therapy has shown to be an effective complement or even substitute for medication.