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Rejuvenate Your Family

Family therapy is unique, because it enables therapists to assess various problems at a systemic and interactional level.  Rather than diagnosing or treating an individual who presents with a problem, family therapists take time to explore the context surrounding the presenting complaint as well as each family member’s relationship to it.  This allows therapists to collaborate with the family and co-construct effective solutions.  Because each family is incredibly unique, therapists must explore their relational dynamics, longstanding patterns, belief systems, rituals, and other factors that may be contributing to the development and persistence of problems.  Although family members may have the purest of intentions, their attempts to solve problems can easily become part of the system that maintains the problem.

Parents swear, and children sufferEvery family goes though ups and downs in life.  However, when problems persist, family members may experience feelings of anger, resentment, disappointment, overwhelmedness, disconnection, helplessness, and sometimes even hopelessness.  Whether your family is struggling with relational concerns, communication difficulties, behavioral problems, divorce/separation, grief/loss, depression/anxiety, addiction, life cycle changes, parenting/co-parenting concerns, or a combination of stressors, family therapy can help.

Regardless of the situation, I view the problem as the problem, not the person or family presenting with it.  Through genuine compassion and understanding, I align myself with each family member to them give them a voice, validate their perspective, find opportunities for compromise, and support them in working together as a team.  This process creates space for families to change how they relate to the problem, allowing peace and harmony to return to their lives.

Happy African American Mother Father and Son FamilyI am passionate about my work with families who seek change and committed to assisting each family in the process of attaining their goals.  My therapeutic approach is solution-oriented and collaborative, which helps to illuminate strengths and resources already present within each family.  My extensive training and vast experience allows me to address problems at a systemic level, creating greater opportunities for lasting change.

Family therapy creates a safe space where multiple voices, points of view, experiences, hopes, and dreams can be shared between family members.  The role of a family therapist is to facilitate the flow of communication by asking questions and empowering the family to work toward shared goals and aspirations.  As a family therapist, I look for strengths, resources, past successes, and exceptions where the problem may have had less of an influence on the family.  I will ask questions about what works for the family, what areas need to be strengthened within the family, and what each member would like to see change about the family.

Family Therapy Testimonials:

“In my work with Kate, I gained a better understanding of who I am as a person, my struggles, and what I want to achieve in my future.  My self-esteem, communication skills, and family relationships have greatly benefited from our work together.  Most importantly, I realized that I am the only person I can control and that I can manage my reactions to situations that are out of my control without using substances.” -Mother in Recovery

“We are so impressed with the positive changes our daughter has made.  She has been able to face her issues, find healthier ways to express emotion, and is feeling better and back to herself again.  Dr. Kate helped her to take her power back and to find love and acceptance for herself.  Thank you for helping our family move forward from this difficult situation.” -Parents and Adolescent Daughter