Have you ever wondered if things could be better?
Have you thought about going to therapy, but are a little nervous about what your family may say or how they will react?
Therapy does have a stigma attached to it and can be overwhelming. No one enjoys sharing their deep and dark secrets with each other much less a stranger.
This program is a brand new and unique way of bringing your family closer and serves as the stepping stone to therapy.
It is carefully designed to establish the baseline at which your family is functioning in order for you to make a more informed decision about whether or not you should seek additional therapy. One of the biggest reasons why therapy is seen as not working is because a lot of the times, the damage already has taken place.
By the time a couple decides to seek therapy, one or both of them may have their feet out the door. Do not let your family’s problems wait. Families operate in patterns and once those patterns are acknowledged, that is half the battle!
According to AAMFT’s website, marriage and family therapy can be understood through this quote;
A family’s patterns of behavior influences the individual and therefore may need to be a part of the treatment plan. In marriage and family therapy, the unit of treatment isn’t just the person – even if only a single person is interviewed – it is the set of relationships in which the person is imbedded.”
Research has indicated that marriage and family therapy is as effective (arguably can be more effective) than individual forms of therapy for a variety of mental health issues including but not limited to: drug abuse, childhood autism, conduct disorders in children, mood disorders, and marital distress and conflict.
The reality is, time is the most valuable commodity out there.
You may be thinking, “Well, I don’t have any marital problems, but my teenager is causing a lot of issues.”
The goal is to create a program that figures out what type of therapy, if any, would benefit your family the best. This program is a short term program designed to help you save time and money. By using therapeutic techniques, I will help you discover some of the sources of your family’s distress and can offer interventions. If your family needs more, they need more. If that suffices, that suffices.
This program is a four-week intensive program with the option of full therapy at the end. The program is flexible, however, and can meet your family’s needs as we get to know each other.
It will take place in your home (please note that travel constraints may apply) and I will make home visits three times a week. If you decide you would like to continue working on your family patterns, the process will shift to twice a week and we will continue to work together for 16 weeks.
One of the three sessions must be with the entire family. I will do a variety of sessions to include various members of the family.
How The Therapy Test Run Works
Week 1: Joining Phase
- Getting to know your family by playing games, going for walks, having conversations. This will be as a group, individually, and even in sub-groups (siblings all together, etc.)
- Creating a level of trust and safety
Weeks 2-3: Assessment
- Creating your family tree – working with one therapist on creating your own family tree. The therapist will create a family genogram which will set the stage for the patterns to work on as a group. Understanding your family patterns will help me understand where you all come from and where you are headed.
- Creating conflict – as a family, you will be given certain tasks to complete on your own, like make a family dinner with a set of ingredients. You will do this in order for me to evaluate how you interact with each other, who causes whom to get upset, etc.
- Creating a CNIP – determining the patterns of the family
Week 4: After care planning
- Reviewing the CNIP and projecting the course the family is headed
- Determining the value the family places on healing and coming to a better place
- Helping set up new services for the family or helping the family learn how to manage their feelings in a space that is healthier than before.