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In family counseling, I work with two or more adult members of a family. I work with families that have experienced trauma and repetitive cycles of neglect or abuse passed down throughout generations, and families that are experiencing hardship during family life cycle transitions.
UNDERSTANDING FAMILY THERAPY
“It is hundreds of tiny threads of memories, which sew people together through the years. Despite their mental separation, they stay woven into that tapestry out of habit, emotion, obsession or fear.” ― Shannon L. Alder
Families build their own systems with customs, values, beliefs, implicit and explicit rules, as well as, perceived acceptable/unacceptable behaviors. We develop within this culture, adapt to, as well as, adopt these family system dynamics. Therapy can be a place to explore the culture you developed within so that you may understand yourself more. When we leave our family of origin and enter the world, we often respond to the world through the lens of our family belief systems. At times, this lens can be limiting in perspective or trigger painful, unresolved issues.
Individuation from your family of origin is vital in connecting with your true Self and to establish a healthy connection with your family of origin with clear boundaries. Family rules can interfere with a person’s ability to individuate and freely create their own nuclear family environment. To understand our present and build our future, we must first understand our past. Trauma, addiction, and maladaptive patterns can be passed down through generations when these cycles are not broken. The good news is that there is possibility to end these cycles of violence or abandonment, and learn proper tools for conflict resolution and enhancement of interpersonal relationships. If you are struggling with current relationships in your life that appear to be repetitive patterns, understanding your primary relationships within your family of origin can help make sense of things and create empowerment and centeredness for you.
FAMILY LIFE CYCLE TRANSITION CHALLENGES
Change can trigger feelings of vulnerability. It can be experienced as a disruption to the norm and life’s predictability, despite any new positive possibilities change can bring. Families can be stressful, especially when these relationships are presently in hardship, or if you come from a difficult family. Challenges naturally occur during transitional life events in the family cycle.
- Merging Families
- New baby
- Age 30 > transition
- Mid-life crisis
- Empty Nest
- Blended Families
- Loss of a loved one
HOW FAMILY COUNSELING CAN HELP YOU
As your therapist, I will take a closer look at internal family dynamics and can work with you, your in-laws, siblings, or extended family to help improve these relationships. Together we can also explore the unhealthy familial cycles with the goal of cultivating awareness to educate and empower you to break free from them. The purpose is to validate your struggles, normalize phase of life challenges, facilitate improvement in communication, as well as, assist you in establishing appropriate boundaries to foster individuation from your family.
Mindful Journeys MFT is located on the upper east side NYC and provides individual therapy, couples counseling, marriage therapy, sexual abuse counseling, and group therapy to encourage your mindful journey of healing and becoming.