Teen & Family Counseling

Helping you (re)connect.

Family relationships are always complex and often complicated. Each of us brings different gifts and needs to our family of origin. Sometimes, even in the best of circumstances, communication can break down and cause a rift in the connections that we feel with each other.

Counselors at Family Strong understand the nuances of family relationships and the importance of reconnecting when feelings of frustration, sadness, anger and resentment begin to divide family members.

Our style is built on a foundation of openness, compassion and trust. We are committed to walking with you side-by-side down the path towards connection, with supportive and gentle guidance to help bridge the gaps of communication and slow the patterns of angry or hurtful words and actions that can get in the way of family growth and wholeness. Helping families identify and talk about these patterns, communicate and solve problems together, as well as celebrating the unique union of each family that enters our office, is at the heart of what we do. At Family Strong we believe wholeheartedly in the beauty and strength of your family connections and want to help you in your journey back to one another.

Closeness.

The natural state of the family is a spring for individual strength and gives place for feelings of unity, peace and refuge. 

The roots of relationship happiness grow from feelings of safety, trust and acceptance with each other. Finding refuge in the harbor of each others compassion allows for healing and growth, deep bonding, and contentment. Learning to embrace each other’s vulnerability with gentleness and kindness means living a lifetime in a fulfilling and loving relationship. It doesn’t matter if you need to connect, reconnect or enhance an already strong connection. We’re here to help you have the deep, meaningful, life-enriching bond you crave.

 

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.

Critical stages of development occur during preteen and teen years and 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 each other’s cries for connection decreases these tensions 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.