Families can be our greatest source of both strength and stress. When one family member is struggling, it inevitably impacts other family members, which is why I recommend family therapy in addition to individual therapy for children and adolescents. I also use family therapy as a primary modality when indicated for children, adolescents and adults.
Family members play different roles and we often fall into patterns of functioning based on these roles. In my work with families, I examine how these roles contribute to patterns of conflict, stress and dissatisfaction within the family unit. I help family members develop new and healthier roles and shift interactional patterns to bring about the change families seek, like feeling understood and supported, and getting individual needs met without disrupting family cohesiveness.
I work with all types of families including non-traditional ones and also groups that function like families including friends, coworkers and roommates.