If one member of your family is suffering from an issue, you can be assured it’s affecting your whole family.
Whether your family has been through a major upheaval or could simply benefit from refining their communication skills with one another, family counseling is a way for your daughter and you, as parents, to learn to better express your thoughts and feelings and work together.
My name is Elisa “Lisa” Lipton, and through the family counseling services I provide at Girl Spirit I can help build a safe and contained environment for both your daughter and you to vent your frustrations, develop better communication skills, and become more aware of each other’s desires, concerns, and needs.
No matter how big or small the problems you’re experiencing may be, family counseling can be a wonderful way for your family to explore problems, work together on developing solutions, and better connect and relate to each other as individuals, which can help make sure you and your daughter are happier, healthier, and better equipped to face life’s challenges.
How Does Family Counseling Work?
Because each family member is unique and each family situation is different when they come to me for help, the family counseling services I offer can take many different forms and are custom tailored to the needs of each family. I don’t do cookie-cutter therapy.
That having been said, I often spend some time with each family member individually in order to understand each of your experiences and perspectives on the issues you’re facing and then conduct sessions with your whole family in order to facilitate communication between each family member.
Conducting both individual counseling and family therapy sessions in this manner allows me to understand the underlying causes of the problems you’re experiencing. And it also helps each member of your family to communicate more effectively and avoid misunderstandings, frustration, hurt feelings, and alienation.
At the outset of our work together, it is important for both your daughter and you to keep open minds. Prepare lists of questions and concerns, but also prepare to listen. And I mean really LISTEN, not assume you know what the other person is going to say.
As the perceived authority figures, parents can often out-talk their teens in family therapy sessions, but you will find you learn a lot more if you listen twice as much as you talk.
Family therapy can also help you, as parents, better understand the emotional changes your teens are facing, learn new ways to work together and discipline effectively, as well as help your daughter develop more successful problem-solving, anger management, and social skills.
With time, patience, understanding, and a willingness to do the work necessary, family counseling can help your daughter thrive and flourish and enter adulthood with confidence and optimism, as well as help you feel proud of the increased rapport, bond, and trust you’ve built with your child.
For more information on how family counseling can help your daughter and you, please feel free to contact me by calling (949) 310-2311 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to speaking with you.