Family Systems

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible - the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.

~Virginia Satir

Working with a family system as a whole system can be an effective process to uncover and practically work with issues that interfere with the healthy functioning of the family unit. Each member of the family system plays a role that is usually not known to themselves nor the others in the family. We will work to identify these roles and work towards bringing them to light in a constructive manner. This allows for the dynamic of the system to function in a more transparent, constructive, and secure path. Together we will explore communication, functional structures, explicit and implicit agreements, requests, boundaries, interactions, creating space, togetherness, and privacy.

Family system sessions are usually ninety minutes to two hours in length and sometimes can be longer, if needed. This is due to the depth and effectiveness of the work. I start with an initial two hour intake session. Sessions can involve various configurations of the system depending on the presenting issues and needs.