Family Therapy works particularly well with kids and teens and is our primary area of specialization. The goals of family therapy are typically to strengthen communication and connection and/or to solve a problem together.
Our basic premise is that everyone in the family has contributed in some way to the current problems, and therefore, has an important role in helping resolve those same problems. As a result, therapy with us may involve any number of family member combinations including: Child only, parent/parents only, child/parent, siblings, or the entire family. If your intention is to “fix your child”, then we may not be the right fit for you. But if you’re interested and open to growing and learning along with your son or daughter, then you’re likely to benefit a lot from working with us.
Many teens are reluctant to engage in individual therapy but are more open to participating in family therapy. The reason for this is that the focus becomes less about them specifically and more about family dynamics and the problems that everyone plays a role in. When teens know that they’re not going to be on the “hot seat” and that they’re part of the problem but not THE problem, they’re much more open to participating in therapy.
A clip from a talk Yshai gave at a conference for Academic Life Coaches about why parenting teenagers can be so flip’n hard.