Family Therapy aims to work with the individuals in the family and, sometimes, between these individuals and other social systems in understanding, evaluating, and constructing interactions that are based on a shared purpose for building a life together.
Why are healthy relationships important?
Being in a healthy relationship helps us become self-aware, learn from others, grow emotionally, and communicate and maintain meaningful bonds with other people.I aim to assist couples and families in scenarios of co-parenting, commitment, companionship, communication, values, teaching about the effect of conflict in a marriage on children, forgiveness, support, spirituality, and mental and physical health, conflict resolution.
Necessary conditions for growth are developed by:
- Creating conditions of self-nurture (unconditional self-love and acceptance, accept self as unique, open and honest in positive feelings),
- Creating a nurturing environment (recognition and acceptance, defined and enforced limits, respect, and freedom to function), and
- Creating a nurturing relationship (unconditional love and acceptance, love of others, and good communication).
Interventions to assist couples to resolve their differences include mediation, conflict management, anger management, and developing the shared meaning system.
In therapy, I take into account acculturation, multi-generations, and extended family factors. I aim to optimize family functioning by exploring family roles and boundaries, values and norms, cultural influences and the necessary skills required to foster a healthy relationship.