The objective of therapy is to help you reach your goals. Family therapy sessions can teach skills to deepen family connections and get through times of stress. Sometimes families seek therapy to work through long-standing or acute struggles. Other times therapy is in response to unexpected changes or impact. Many seek therapy in pursuit of exploration and growth. You do not need to be in struggle to benefit from family therapy.
Families can benefit from therapy when they experience any strain on family relationships. Some of these may include: financial hardship, divorce, the death of a loved one, or behavioral challenges.
In the first session, we will focus on assessment and being sure everyone is heard. We will work to build our therapeutic relationship and create a brave space. We will co-create goals and set intentions. It is an opportunity to get to know me and ask me any questions about the journey.
In the helping process, I draw from a variety of theoretical orientations while recognizing the need to attend to cultural and other forms of human diversity. I believe that the approach comes from the client. I am guided by a Postmodern Systemic approach as well as Experiential therapies, Feminist theory, and creative arts therapies. I am also trained in Cognitive-Behavioral.
People are naturally creative, loving, and productive when free from constraints. Family therapy may include all family members or just those able or willing to participate. Family Therapy may be used as the primary mode of treatment or as a complementary approach.
It is my hope that together we establish each family member’s sense of belongingness and provide freedom to individuate.
We will consider your experience in family context as well as the broader social, spiritual, and political framework. Possibilities along our journey will be inspired by you. We may question the effect of gender roles and stereotyping as well as investigating our cultural understanding. We may use creative arts to bridge the relationship between language and action. We may spend time unblocking emotional expression and opening up to your inner experience.
We may look at the intersection of identities and the social construction of our experience. Culture, privilege, racism, heterosexism, oppression, classism, ageism, ableism, etc. are important contextual elements that play a role in our lives and are considered when determining goals and strengths.
I am LGBTQIA-friendly, poly-friendly, and I am inclusive of all gender and sexual diversities.
My fee for Family Therapy is 17000 ISK.
Sessions are 65-75 minutes in length.
I am an advocate for mental health care access. The hope is that mental health care is included in the universal healthcare system. Until then, I do offer a limited number of grants to support families in financial hardship. You may inquire about availability and more details regarding these offers.
What to expect:
"Studies suggest that family therapy is a preferred method of treatment for depression, substance abuse, alcoholism, relational discord problems, and child/adolescent challenges including suicide and high risk behavior. Family therapy outcomes for severe mental illness include improved well-being, fewer medical illnesses, decreased medical care utilization, and increased self-efficacy."
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