Family Therapy

Families

Family therapy is a unique opportunity to strengthen the family system and create an even more supportive and thriving dynamic between family members. Trained in Marriage and Family Therapy at Southern Connecticut State University, I am well-versed in Bowen family systems, Gestalt, Structural family therapy, and Solution-focused modalities.

As a systemic post-modern thinker, I believe that all “problems” are a result of unsuccessful attempts to solve problems. I believe that we are all very well-intentioned people who often attempt to utilize the resources we have to solve our own problems. Our attempts, though, may actually be getting in our own way. Sometimes, we need a third party to step-in and point out some different solutions to our problems.

In family therapy, you can expect me to be patient and honored to be invited into your family system. I will honor each family member’s point of view and perspective of the “problem”. I will also be unafraid to point out the strengths in the family, as I have found that every single family has strengths, no matter the circumstances. Together, we will create a new experience in which each family member is heard, supported, and validated. In this new experience, a new relational dynamic will be created and problems will no longer be seen as problems.

I believe that each individual has a role in the family. No single person is to be “blamed,” in fact, I have found blame to be very ineffective in the long run. Instead, each person is to be held accountable for the role that they play and the way that they strengthen and support the family.

Couples

Sometimes we get stuck in our relationships with our partners and our communication becomes blocked by something; fear, anxiety, stress, or a past experience that triggers us. It can be a bit scary and difficult when this happens, but there is help available. 

I work with couples who have a desire to create a more intimate, open, honest, and healthy relationship. I believe that couple’s therapy is an effective tool to improve communication and transparency within your intimate relationship. I work with all types of couples who have one thing in common; a desire to become healthier in their relationship.

“Healthy” can mean different things for a lot of people. I believe in meeting you where you are at, which often means helping you to redefine what YOUR definition of “healthy’ is.

The temptation to compare ourselves to others is more prevalent than ever in an ever-expanding technological world, and I understand that this is a very real part of society today. Yet, we can’t let what we see via social media, television, and external appearances, dictate how we develop and grow in our own relationship.

If you are someone who wants to become healthier in your partnership, then couple’s therapy may be a great option for you. In couple’s therapy, you can expect me to help you identify the healthiest parts of your relationship and build on them, facilitating individual and relational growth.