There are many ways to be a family, and many reasons why families seek out the support of a therapist. You may be the parent of a four-year-old who has escalating anxiety symptoms, or the parent of an adolescent who is struggling with the transition to college. You may be in the midst of a divorce, and feeling anxious about what coparenting will look like. Your thirteen-year-old may be refusing to go to school, and perhaps you and your spouse are at odds on how to handle it. Maybe you are looking for support in being a "blended" family, hoping for a more peaceful coexistence between stepparents, children and several different households that all have their own unique family culture and rules.
Family therapy is available for any relationship constellation
And as marriage and family therapists, we are specially trained to support complex family systems in their unique challenges and goals. Family therapy could look like individual play therapy with a child for part of the session, with the parent(s) joining for the second half of the session with "adults only" meetings once or twice per month. It could look like supporting two parents in building coparenting trust and a comfortable, sustainable "new normal" as they move forward in two separate households. Perhaps it looks like spouses and their teenager meeting together each week to explore relationship dynamics. Maybe a parent is hoping for help in supporting their LGBTQ+ child, or a family is needing support as they process grief, trauma, or illness.
Wherever your family is hoping to go, your therapist will be there to structure a therapeutic experience that fits your needs. We encourage you to browse our therapist profiles and reach out for a phone consultation to find an Emerald City Sanctuary clinician who is the right fit for you.
We have therapists that specialize in the following areas of family therapy:
- Blended Families
- Life Transitions
- School Refusal
- Acting Out
- Polyamory and Open Relationships
- Gender Identity and Transition
- Grief and Loss
- Chronic Illness
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