Family Counseling Because There's No Such Thing as a Perfect Family

Walking through the world as a human being with human emotions can be difficult enough as it is. Bind a few humans together for life, and it's no wonder we rarely achieve that picket-fence ideal. Families can be challenging and complicated and can also be a great source of love, support, and security.

The Family Dynamic Learning to Navigate Life's Hurdles Together

Every family deals with its own set of obstacles. The goal of EFT family therapy is to help create secure connection and learn new and more effective patterns of communicating with each other. 

Has Your Family Struggled With Any of These?

  • Communication Issues

  • Parenting Difficulties

  • Divorce

  • Illness or Death

  • Shared Trauma

  • Domestic Abuse

When Love is Not Enough Get Your Family Back on Track

Using emotionally focused therapy techniques, we work with family dyads as well as the family as a whole to help families experience and learn new interactive ways of being with each other that creates greater security and happiness in the family unit. We do this by:

  • Experiencing the Power to Change the Family Dynamics by Understanding Negative Patterns that Interfere with Loving Connections

  • Understanding Each Other's Perspectives & Emotions

  • Creating Effective Ways to Communicate Your Wants & Needs

  • Learning to Cope with Traumatic Events & Changing Dynamics

  • Heal Old Wounds that Get in the Way of Feeling Bonded and Close

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"I am truly grateful for Brenda and her ability to help me see myself, heal my wounded self and bring my authentic self to life. She listens and also teaches. She has helped me learn how to break free from unhealthy patterns to find new pathways that bring the truth to light."

healed Client

“For decades I have struggled with anxiety, anger and exhaustion. After receiving EFT counseling services from Amanda, I am now at a happy, healthy, and peaceful place in my life. Thank you Amanda for your support!”

A Happy Client

We LOVE Luis - so easy to talk with, such an insightful guy - we will be forever grateful that we are having a successful healing journey with him as our guide. We would highly recommend his services!

Lisa

“Dr. Conrad is very professional and compassionate. We worked together as a team and she helped me heal in ways I never thought possible. As a result of therapy I am able to enjoy life to its fullest. I highly recommend Dr. Conrad.” 

A Satisfied Client

"We simply can’t recommend working with Dr. Carol enough! Our marriage had been struggling for a long time, and we went into counseling skeptical (but hopeful) that things could be different. After the Hold Me Tight workshop and hard work together with Carol, we are happier in our relationship, closer than we thought possible, and even better parents. We are eternally grateful to Dr. Carol and EFT; we know the tools we learned have saved our marriage!"

Hold Me Tight Couple

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Frequently Asked Questions About Family Counseling

We're here to answer any questions you may have before starting family counseling or therapy. Please contact us with additional questions!

We have a large family, should we ALL come to family therapy?

That depends. If the issues are pertaining to all of the family and the family dynamic is chaotic and not connective, then yes. We would bring everyone to assess the dynamics and discover what dyads needed some specific attention for the first session. After that we might break up and do some dyad work, like mom and son, or dad and daughter. If the problem seems to be rooted in the parents relationship, we might make a referral for couple's counseling, or we might just work with the couple. If the problem is between siblings, depending on their age (if they are under 13 we would likely have a parent with them) or we might just pull out a brother and sister dyad and work with them for a few sessions. Usually the problems can be observed between two family members. We pull out those dyads, work with them to some resolution of their negative dance and put everyone back together again to continue to assess where the dyadic issues stick out. Then at the end we would bring the whole family back together to talk about the changes in their family dynamics.

We need help with our teenager, should we bring him in with us?

Yes! We find that working with teenagers alone rarely is fruitful, being seen with their family system is much more productive in general. From a systemic perspective, your teenager is part of a bigger whole and we need to see the dynamics at play and help the family together realize where things go wrong and parents to understand the blocks to tuning in with their child, what the impact they are having on each other, and begin to soften the distress with validation of everyone's perspective and then working toward listening and hearing each other and discovering the teenager's needs that aren't being met. So, yes, please bring your teenager in! We might start with just the parents giving us their side of the story, and then having an individual session with the teenager and then back together again.  

My wife and my teenaged daughter don't get a long, should I come to therapy too?

That depends. If you don't feel there are any blocks or impediments to your relationship with your daughter or your wife and it seems mostly focused around your wife and teen, then you may not need to attend. On the other hand, sometimes spouses have a very helpful view of what is happening, so it could be important to have the whole system come in a time or two with your wife and daughter. It would be something you determined with your provider. 

Do you work with adult children and parents?

We absolutely work with adult children and parents! Sometimes this work is most rewarding and the richest kind of family therapy there is; to make amends, to repair hurts, and to find a new way together to go forward. We can do dyad work, mom and daughter, father and son, and any combination that would be helpful. You would want to talk to your provider to decide the best approach for your family system.

Ready to Begin Your Healing Journey?

Over the past 30 years, many research studies continue to prove the effectiveness of EFT and its ability to transform the lives of couples and individuals alike. Whether you're new to therapy or you've tried every method in the book, everyone can benefit from this transformative practice.