My definition of family is whatever people choose to identify for themselves. I see traditional families,
as well as the many alternative families, such as stepfamilies, families, gay and lesbian families, families dealing with multi-racial or mixed religion marriages.
As a family therapist, I “see” the whole family – even if only one person sits in my office. I think multi-generationally, recognizing people often carry within them unresolved issues passed down through the generations. Thus, grandparents, aunts, and uncles may be invited to join the session. Sessions may also include subsets in a family, such as siblings or males, or friends and co-workers. Family therapy, then, is a lens for understanding how problems develop as well as get resolved in context of all the “families” in people’s lives.
The goal of therapy – for individuals, couples, or families – is to combine an understanding of the basis for the problem with specific behavioral change. To that end, sessions often end with “homework” assignments.
I pay close attention to the importance that friendships, extended family, and other support networks play in people’s lives – and in resolving their problems.
Here are some of the types of Therapy I offer:
- couples — with and without children
- single women and men, especially those in mid-life
- adult siblings
- gay and lesbian singles and couples
- bi-racial and mixed religious marriages
- children and adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
- Gender issue, changing roles, and mid-life issues
- Premarital Services
My therapy practice is in the greater Washington, D.C. area and in Cincinnati, Oh.