We facilitate a variety of family counseling programs for communication, behavior, and addiction. Through Imago Relationship therapy for couples or Family Behavior Therapy (FBT), our therapies focus on collaborative healing, which has demonstrated positive results in both adults and adolescents. Patients participate in treatment planning, choosing specific interventions from a menu of evidence-based treatment options. In a series of comparisons involving adolescents with and without conduct disorder, FBT was found to be more effective than supportive counseling.
Pre-divorce counseling and divorce mediation can make a world of difference during a very turbulent time. Don’t go it alone.
BLENDED FAMILY THERAPY
A blended family can be a loving family. Through support and guidance, living the challenges of two worlds, your children don’t have to feel torn apart. We help equip you and your co-parent with tools that help unify as the development of your children are of utmost importance.
Life after a divorce or separation can be hard on the parents and the children involved. With proper support, making life decisions with your co-parent don’t have to feel like torment. Co-Parenting Support offers an ear to listen along with individual plans that meet the needs of all parties involved for the best interest of the children.
POSITIVE PARENTING SKILLS TRAINING
Family Behavior Therapy (FBT), which has demonstrated positive results in both adults and adolescents, is aimed at addressing not only substance abuse problems, but other co-occurring problems as well, such as: conduct disorders, child mistreatment, depression, family conflict, and unemployment.
FBT combines behavioral contracting with contingency management. FBT involves the patient along with at least one significant other such as a cohabiting partner or a parent (in the case of adolescents). Therapists seek to engage families in applying the behavioral strategies taught in sessions and in acquiring new skills to improve the home environment.
Patients are encouraged to develop behavioral goals for preventing substance use and HIV infection, which are anchored to a contingency management system. Substance-abusing parents are prompted to set goals related to effective parenting behaviors.
During each session, the behavioral goals are reviewed, with rewards provided by significant others when goals are accomplished. Patients participate in treatment planning, choosing specific interventions from a menu of evidence-based treatment options. In a series of comparisons involving adolescents with and without conduct disorder, FBT was found to be more effective than supportive counseling.
Imago relationship therapy is a form of marriage therapy that takes a relationship approach rather than an individual approach to problem solving in a marriage. It was codeveloped by Dr. Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt, and documented in Hendrix’s 1988 book, Getting the Love You Want, A Guide for Couples. Hendrix and Hunt selected the word “imago,” the Latin word for “image,” as a name for the “unconscious image of the opposite sex that you had been forming since birth.”
Imago therapy focuses on collaboratively healing childhood wounds that the couple share. Our primitive old brain has a compelling nonnegotiable drive to restore the feeling of aliveness and wholeness with which we came into this world.
It is believed by imago therapists that a person’s brain constructs an image of characteristics from their primary caretakers that are their best and worst traits. The brain’s unconscious desire to repair the damage done in childhood as a result of needs not met, is to find a partner who can give us what our caretakers failed to provide. The traits of a person’s parents will be found in their future partner. The brain unconsciously creates this image of a partner to seek healing, and to leave the wounds of childhood in order to grow.
The wounds a person has with a parent will unintentionally be repeated by their partner, which unconsciously for the person triggers old emotions. Both people in the relationship will learn how to heal one another, and appreciate them for the person they are; however, it will take time for couples to be able to engage in a specific type of dialogue for the therapy. The conscious part of the brain may not be able to see it, but the unconscious believes that this person who can heal your wounds can let love come into the person’s life again.
We facilitate a variety of relationship counseling programs for communication, behavior, and addiction. Sometimes, our relationships with our parents, co-workers or relatives need to be addressed. Many times there are deeper issues that need healing in order to cultivate improved relationships.