I view families as complex human systems capable of providing its members with exactly what they need to realize their full potential in the world. Families can become oppressive, however, when the transactions between family members are maladaptive. This is when we notice problems occurring in the form of arguing, fighting and withdrawing. People begin “acting-out” as if to say to one another: “Pay attention…there is something wrong here!” To help families in need, I follow these steps of clinical intervention: First, I spend time with the family to get a sense of what it’s like to be a part of “the family”; second, I diagnose and explain what it is I believe to be causing the family’s core problems; finally, I work with family members to begin the process of restructuring how things work within the family system. This specialized practice of psychotherapy is called Structural Family Therapy.
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