Family Therapy In Chicago

Cherish your clan. Work together. Thrive.

image of a school of Neon fishThe healthiest family model is one in which every member feels free to develop their own sense of self, but where a sense of belonging and togetherness is equally important. 

In family therapy, it is important that we begin the process by helping the family define what the current problem is that you need help with. 

A great counselor can be of assistance in helping you identify what is wrong.

In some cases, you may already know.  Examples include:

  • A recent divorce
  • Sexual or gender orientation issues
  • A traumatic incident that one or more family members were exposed to
  • Dealing with coming out issues (child or parent)
  • Substance abuse issues or drinking problem
  • Concerns about a child’s behavior or school performance
  • Death or illness in the family

We may work together in family sessions where every member is present, or you may choose to seek parent consultation as an alternative. 

This might be an especially good choice if you feel that, as a parent, you want nothing more than to be the best parent you can be. You may feel something is holding you back. Perhaps you grew up in a home where you did not have good role models for being a parent.  We can help.

Or, you may choose to seek treatment for your child on a one-on-one basis.  This may be an especially good choice if you feel your child has already become withdrawn or secretive. You may fear he or she will not fully participate in the process if you are present. 

Your child will benefit from being able to form a therapeutic relationship with a trusted adult, and you should begin to see an improvement in behaviors and attitudes. 

You may also wish to create a family therapy plan that incorporates elements of all three- consultation, family sessions, and individual sessions for your child.