Teen & Family Counseling

Helping you (re)connect.

 

Family relationships are always complex and usually complicated. We’re each born with unique gifts and needs that we bring to our family of origin. Sometimes, even in the best of circumstances, our feelings can overwhelm us and communication can break down and cause rifts in the connections that we feel with each other. 

Counselors at Family Strong understand the nuances of family relationships, the necessity for families to provide a place for each member to have their needs met, 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, and celebrating the unique unions in each family that enters our office, are at the heart of what we do. At Family Strong we believe wholeheartedly in the beauty and strength of your family and want to help you in your journey back to connection with one another.

 

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 develop those roots through the nutirents of compassion and connection. Every family, with the right guidance, 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.

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.