Got teens? Family therapy is a powerful way to have open, connecting and productive conversations. I call it “Family Alchemy.”
I’ve seen parents and teens have transformative, heart-opening experiences where everyone gets to be heard and known for what is really going on with them. The conversation is “safe” because someone is there to guide it.
Genuine, open connection between parents and teens often doesn’t come easily but it is certainly worth the effort. Maybe because I have six adolescents of my own and know the fear and worry that comes with raising them, I am passionate about parents and teens having good communication. But we can’t barge into our kids’ inner worlds and demand that they share with us. If we prove we can handle our kids’ truth, maybe they will trust us enough to share a peek inside their hearts.
Distressing family dynamics can interfere with the functioning of every family member. When there is family conflict, the tension can impact everyone’s mental and physical health and relationships. Family problems do not have to be severe to warrant therapy.
As a result of therapy, families can expect better understanding, more effective communication, and reduction of dysfunctional patterns.
I may work with the family as a group or in pairs. I always start with the parent/s before bringing in the kids. Family therapy can be done with kids mature enough for talking therapy all the way up to adult kids with aging parents.
Our family therapy experience with Kerry has helped us to better communicate with our daughter and help her voice and feelings be heard. Kerry helped us to come up with solutions as a family rather than tell us what we were doing wrong. The communication and listening skills that we learned have made a big difference in the way that we interact as a family.