I help parents improve their relationship with their children and understand the meaning behind their child's challenging behavior.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
My graduate training primarily focused on family therapy as a LMFT. I also worked for two years in an agency setting which exclusively practiced family therapy (Structural and Strategic family therapy) and received extensive training and supervision in these models during this time. With all clients, whether I see the whole family or not, I keep the family context in mind in any intervention I do and will talk quite a bit with clients about their family of origin and their current family structure.
I have received additional training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy through workshops at mental health agencies and conferences, as well as through supervision and mentoring in this approach. With clients, I nearly always include elements of SFBT in terms of finding exceptions, focusing on solutions, and creating concrete goals.
When working with families, I take a family systems approach, which involves getting the whole family together to identify negative or harmful communication patterns and work to create healthier, more functional relationships. We may practice respectful communication, come up with new ways of interacting, and I will likely give homework to practice between sessions to keep your family communicating during the week.
I help parents get on the same page in order to create a more consistent, supportive environment for their children. Whether parents are married, separated, or divorced I work with parents to set expectations, work through differences in a constructive way away from their children, not using children as a "go-between", and to resolve conflicts in a productive, peaceful way.
I work with many parents on building attachment, creating positive routines at home, and identifying patterns that they may have picked up from the way they were parented. I help parents identify triggers or areas where they are stuck or highly emotionally reactive, and we practice ways to take care of yourself as a parent as well as implement positive behavior strategies to address children's behavior at home.