Family Therapy

No matter what therapeutic approach we provide or which person we treat, Center affiliates consider clients’ concerns in the context of their families: the families in which they grew up and the diverse family systems in which they live now.  Family members influence each other in complex and powerful ways.  In understanding and respecting these mutual influences, we address relationship patterns that may contribute to challenges, as well as sources of strength and resilience that can help resolve them.

Family therapy might involve meeting with a two- or three-generation family as a whole, or it might involve meeting with subgroups of the family, such as a parent and child, or a sibling group.  The therapist may assist clients in strengthening skills in maintaining interpersonal boundaries and setting limits; reducing resentment and promoting mutual understanding; and communicating concerns and negotiating solutions.  This process may involve looking at the multigenerational legacy of families of origin – including patterns of interaction, ways of looking at the world, and family stories – and creating new stories and rituals that lead to reduced conflict and greater harmony in the family.

Family system therapy has been found to be effective for a variety of mental health and relationship concerns, including mood disorders, behavior problems, substance abuse, eating disorders, marital distress, major mental illness, and others.  Family therapy has also been found to be valuable for families who are caring for elders or for children with chronic medical conditions.

Affiliated Professionals:

  • Emily Abbenante-Honold, Ph.D.
  • Naomi Alcaine, Ph.D.
  • Manal Assi, M.D.
  • Dan DeSena, LMSW
  • Kate Drinkwater, LMSW
  • Douglas Ensor, Ph.D.
  • Joy Wolfe Ensor, Ph.D.
  • Paul Estenson, Ph.D.
  • Gabrielle Gruber, LMSW
  • Hilda Halabu, Ph.D.
  • Moira Hubbard, Psy.D.
  • Lori Lichtman, Psy.D.
  • Eileen Mollen, Ph.D.
  • Andrew Orosan-Weine, Ph.D.
  • Ellen Barahal Taylor, Ph.D.
  • Mary Whiteside, Ph.D.