Teen & Family Counseling

Helping you (re)connect.

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amily relationships are always complex. Sometimes, even in the best of circumstances, feelings can overwhelm and communication breaks down creating a rift in our connections to each other.

At FAMILY STRONG we understand the nuances of unique family relationships. When frustration, sadness, anger or resentment begin to divide family members our counselors facilitate re-connection, acceptance, and

The FAMILY STRONG style works on a foundation of openness, compassion, and trust. We walk with you side by side giving supportive and gentle guidance. Together we can build a bridge over communication gaps and interrupt angry patterns of hurtful words or actions that get in the way of family growth, wholeness, and connection.

We believe wholeheartedly in the beauty and strength of the family! Helping families create feelings of trust and safety, communicate and problem solve lie at the heart of what we do. We hope to help your family grow stronger as you progress to family and individual wholeness with more satisfying connections. 

Family Strong

 

The family exists to offer a source of strength, resiliency, and courage. The roots of relationship happiness within families grow from feelings of safety, trust and acceptance. We can help you grow those roots with the nutrients of compassion and connection. Every family, with the right guidance and motivation, can create the shelter it deserves. Whether it’s finding connection, keeping connection or deepening connection, we’re here to help your family be strong.

What is EFFT?
Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) is a model of therapy focused specifically on the bonding and attachment family members share with each other. This powerful treatment method engages parents, children, teens, preteens in strengths based, supportive conversation to help smooth the rough waters of tension and anxiety. Famly Strong therapists specialize in helping your family reengage emotionally with each other.

Critical stages of development occur during preteen and teen years in which it’s natural for some tension and conflict to arise. Developmentally, this stage is all about asserting independence and getting to know oneself, which can cause growing pains in the family unit as everyone adjusts to new roles. These growing pains often lead to disconnection, frustration and heartache. Similarly, younger children also have a core need to feel safe in the relationships they share with parents and siblings. Children often communicate these needs through tantrums or crying, which can also increase tension and conflict in the family.

Learning to hear and respond to each other’s cries for connection decreases bickering, tension, and stress and enhances the closeness families crave. Families enjoy a natural state of peace, harmony, and tranquility when bonds are strong and fulfilling.

The goal of EFFT is to deepen communication and encourage loving acceptance of one another. Family Strong provides a safe, compassionate environment for each member of the family to identify, explore, and ultimately express feelings and heal.

Our Approach to Teen Counseling

Teenage years are tough. Not only are our teens experiencing an all-time high level of stress and pressure, but they’re also seeing their families less than ever before. The family has always been a source of comfort for teens. This means that teens, more than ever, need connection, closeness, and safety in their most important relationships. Our focus on attachment and bonding is especially effective with teens. We believe that, when possible, the most effective course of therapy is to engage teens with their parents in family therapy, regardless of the presenting problem. Developing or deepening feelings of trust and safety and enhancing emotional bonds with parents allows teens the emotional security and freedom they need to self correct. Acting out, destructive and defiant behaviors often calm down drastically when a teen feels trust and connection with the people closest to him or her.

We care about teens and teen counseling at Family Strong. Developing the therapeutic relationship with teenagers can be tricky. Counseling with teens requires a special set of skills that not every counselor possesses, or wants to develop. Our focus on attachment and bonding means that we’re both experienced in and equipped to handle the unique challenges encountered with teens in therapy.

Sometimes a teen wants to engage in one-on-one therapy. We encourage you to support your teen in individual counseling if they express interest in coming in alone. Similar benefits can be had in developing a safe, secure therapeutic relationship with the therapist as with parents.

Our Approach to Child Therapy

W e want to do what we can to make sure that you get the best therapy possible. We strongly encourage you to attend a first session. This is the best possible way to get a good feel for your therapist. Finding a good fit with your therapist is critical! This means that, in the rare event we’re not a good fit for you, we will provide you with contact information for other exceptional therapists whom we trust.

We’d love to connect.

Schedule a free 20 minute phone consultation or initial session today.

720-446-9664     |     FamilyStrongCounseling@gmail.com

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