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Family therapy means more than how many people are in the room for treatment.  Being a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am trained to see beyond individual complaints and to look at how family members interact, and to see the whole of the family system.  For example, sometimes when a child is refusing to go to school, she may actually be worried about leaving her mother home alone.

I see parents who need help with their little kids, or acting out adolescents.  I work with adults who aren’t getting along with their elderly parents, or have unresolved conflicts with their grown siblings. I see parents of grown children who are worried about them, as well as blended families, single parent families, and LGBT families.  In short, I see just about every combination of family members you can imagine.

The key to creating change is to see the family as an interlocking system that is stuck.  I am not looking for a culprit or even a “crazy,” I am looking for how to restructure the relationships so that change is possible.  Sometimes this entails doing a genogram (a family diagram) so that I can see the patterns more clearly and enable you to find a more effictive way of relating to each other.

Getting Started:

Get Out of My Life: The Bestselling Guide to Living with Teenagers. (2014) by Tony Wolf and  Suzanne Franks.

It’s Not Fair, Jeremy Spencer’s Parents Let Him Stay up All Night!: A Guide to the Tougher Parts of Parenting. (1996) by Anthony E. Wolf

Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships. (2014) by  Harriet Lerner.

You’re Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation. (2006) by  Deborah Tannen.

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy http://www.aamft.org