Posts Tagged: “Family Therapy”

Conflict, Then Resolution

Recently, there seems to be a pattern among the families that I have been working with as a therapist.  The pattern starts by the child acting rude and disrespectful.  The parent then gets offended and upset and eventually sends the child to their room.  Afterwards, nothing is really talked about or resolved between the parent and the child related to the situation that occurred. After a while of following this pattern, kids stop liking being around their parents and the

The 4 S’s in Resolving Emotional Problems in Relationships

Men, have you ever tried to explain to your spouse why she should not be as upset over a problem as she is?  Even though you may be right, and your logic sound, has your explanation ever caused her to get even angrier than she is and push you away? As men, we often respond to emotional problems logically – thinking that if the problem is solved, there is no need to be upset by it.  However, when our spouse

Shame Vs. Repair

Kids make lots of mistakes.  The fact is we as parents make plenty of mistakes as well.  As a therapist who works with children and families, I get to spend lots of time working with parents on their reactions to the mistakes their children make.  In doing so, I have found that some parents react with an abrupt intensity when their children make mistakes.  Unsurprisingly, many of these parents were reacted to in similar ways when they were kids and

Why include the parents when working with kids in therapy

As a child and family therapist in Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona, I often receive calls from parents who are seeking professional help because of a concern they have with one of their children.  The first step I take is to set up an appointment with the parents to gather more information about what is going on in the family and to come up with a plan that can help that child. As I get to know the parents and how

Therapy for a child diagnosed with bipolar, oppositional defiant, ADHD, anxiety, or reactive attachment disorder (RAD) in Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona

Do you have a child who has been diagnosed with bipolar, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, anxiety, or Reactive Attachment Disorder? Have the behavioral programs that you have tried not worked with your child? Would you like an alternative treatment approach to medication? Parents Can Help The truth is, there is a lot that parents can do to help their children who struggle with mood disorders learn to regulate their emotions within tolerable levels. Understanding Emotions The first step to treatment

What is family counseling?

Family Counseling in Mesa Arizona Family counseling is where the focus of counseling is not on just one individual but rather the focus is on the way individuals relate within the family.  A family systems approach to counseling is similar to understanding how a car engine works.  Each part of the engine affects, and is affected by, other parts of the engine.  If one part breaks, it doesn’t take long for other parts to be affected.  Similarly, when one individual