You may find your family stuck in unhealthy patterns and things do not seem to be going the way they used to. Or, someone in the family has been feeling that they have been treated unfairly for a long time and been labeled ‘the problem child’. These and many others are issues that The Calming Mind hears about often and these unhealthy patterns can continue months and even years before reaching a point where something else needs to be done. Reaching out for help can be a difficult decision, but the choice to seek family therapy will allow for you and your family to address these problem areas head on so that there can be improvement over time.
Family therapy is the most effective way to address issues that are affecting multiple issues of the family. The Calming Mind takes a ‘systems approach’ to family therapy; meaning that problems that arise within a family are not one or two people’s fault, rather there is something that is going on with the entire family system that needs to be addressed. When doing family therapy, The Calming Mind addresses the entire family as the patient and recognizes relational and communication patterns that are weak and work to improve them with the entire family. Family therapy sessions are typically 75 minute sessions to accommodate each family member’s voice. Regular family sessions are often recommended when working with a young person whose concerns affect the family system. These are great opportunities to collaborate and continue to build strong relational patterns for future growth.
Parents sometimes need a little help of their own when their child is struggling with their mental health. This is where parent coaching comes in! It’s not quite therapy and it’s certainly not being lectured to on how you SHOULD parent.
Parent coaching is a collaborative effort between the therapist and parents that’s meant to strategize and implement techniques that can help accelerate progress made in therapy. The Calming Mind utilizes a 4,2,1 approach to create and sustain change. This is meant to create new strategizes and taper off sessions over time as you are using and implementing these new techniques.
Let’s break it down! 4 sessions in the first month of treatment (four weeks), 2 sessions a month over the next two months, and then once a month sessions for the remainder of treatment. The plan may change depending upon your needs, but we’ve found this strategy to be most beneficial for the parents that we work with.