Stafford Marriage & Family Counseling

Lynne Head, Board Certified Therapist

family therapy

What Does Your Family Look Like?

What does a Normal Family look like? Jane Howard says, “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”

When I lived in Dallas, I met some of the best family therapists in this country. There are basically fifteen traits common in what we could call Healthy families according to my colleague, Delores Curran. During the next few blogs, we will review these traits. Peter Collier once said, “Your family is what you’ve got…” It’s your limits and your possibilities. Sometimes you’ll get so far away from your family, you’ll think you’re outside its influence forever; then before you figure out what’s happening, it will be right beside you, pulling the strings. Some people get crushed by their families. Others are saved by them.

[Lynne Head is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in marriages, relationships, and individual counseling. Located in Stafford, VA, Lynne can be reached by phone at 214-502-9081, or by email. For more information, see her website at: www.StaffordMarriageFamilyCounseling.com]

Systemic Family Therapy

Frequently, I will receive a referral from another therapist when they have been asked to see a second member of the same family. A Systemically trained therapist would not do that. During my 2000 hour internship, my training was focused on helping the entire system, which means helping the entire family and the dynamics in that family.

When we are in a family, every behavior one member of the family participates in effects all of the other family members. When parents expect to drop off a young person with a therapist without recognizing the importance of actively participating themselves, they are exhibiting what might be considered an unrealistic expectation of success. A good therapist can help a young person develop some healthy social skills, but the most important success will be evident when the therapist and the parents are reinforcing an agreed-upon set of structures for the family setting.

[Lynne Head is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in marriages, relationships, and individual counseling. Located in Stafford, VA, Lynne can be reached by phone at 214-502-9081, or by email. For more information, see her website at: www.StaffordMarriageFamilyCounseling.com]
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