The family is a social system with its own structure and communication patterns.  Each family has a unique personality, which is a powerful influence on all of its members.  As a result, all members are affected when one member has a problem.  We work to help families support individuals within the unit, as well as the family as a whole.

Family therapists can also act as a marriage and couples counselor. Finding the right licensed family counselor can help a family to identify emotional triggers and sources of conflict, while teaching effective approaches to finding resolutions.  In turn, families learn how to better communicate, support one another, and work through some difficult situations together and come out stronger than ever.

Positive Directions' Approach to Families:

Our approach in working with families is collaborative and client-driven, and we work to meet the family where they are at by tailoring treatment to their individual circumstances. When a family first calls our offices, we gather some initial information to gain a preliminary idea of the challenges faced by the family and their needs for treatment. We may recommend a combination of individual and family therapy in order to best suit the needs of the family and its members. 

Upon admission, a comprehensive intake evaluation is completed to gather a family history and learn more about the challenges they have been experiencing. This helps us to gather a comprehensive picture of the impact these challenges have had on the family and allows us to tailor our approach to the family’s needs. 

Starting with this information, we then develop an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to their needs and goals. The treatment plan is the guide-post for the work we do in session, and progress toward treatment goals is evaluated and measured during each counseling session. Additionally, we periodically review this plan with the family to ensure that we are consistently working toward and updating goals and objectives as appropriate.

Based upon the treatment plan, services are provided to address individual needs and teach family the skills and tools necessary to gain insight and understanding, work to decrease negative or undesirable patterns of relating, and improve their communication and overall quality of life.  When providing these services, a variety of clinical techniques are utilized such as family systems, narrative, cognitive behavioral, solution-focused and dialectical behavioral tools. 

Additionally, we provide psychoeducation and work on communication skills to facilitate healthy communication between family members. Our clinicians are trained in a variety of effective treatment modalities, and treatment is tailored to specific individual and family needs. Furthermore, our clinicians connect with outside providers as necessary, and are able to make appropriate referrals to additional providers should the need arise in order to collaborate and provide comprehensive treatment. Our approach is designed to assist families in improving the quality of their lives.