Family Counseling

Your Family Is A System

What is a family system? The definition of family starts with your immediate or nuclear family, meaning parents and children. And it also includes anyone who has frequent, direct contact with the immediate family. This can be grandparents, aunts and uncles, or family friends. In blended families, the system includes former spouses, stepparents, half-siblings, and…

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Blended Families Are Tricky

Imagine a family with parents, stepparents, children, stepchildren, siblings, step-siblings, ex-spouses, ex-partners, the spouses and partners of ex-spouses and ex-partners, and extended families all the way around. Is your head spinning yet? A blended family can have some or all of the above. And, as all of you living in blended families know, having a…

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The 5 Freedoms

The counselor Virginia Satir was one of the founders of the family therapy movement in the 1950’s. Her groundbreaking work on how to provide good therapy to complicated families has endured through the present day. One of the best contributions she made is called The 5 Freedoms. They represent what everyone has the freedom to…

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