Family Therapy

Kristin began her clinical training in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1998 and has worked with hundreds of families over the years. She understands family and "system" dynamics and how these dynamics impact a person's current functioning. According to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), "A family's patterns of behavior influences the individual and therefore it helps to consider the family system as part of the treatment plan. In marriage and family therapy, the unit of treatment isn't just the person - even if only a single person is interviewed - it is the set of relationships in which the person is embedded." In some cases, Kristin may recommend that entire families come together for therapy sessions.

Family Therapy will begin with a thorough assessment of the issues and dynamics of your family. Kristin will likely use a genogram (a graphic picture, or diagram, of the family history) as an assessment tool for the purpose of understanding family relationships, patterns, and dynamics. Significant insights typically come out of this assessment process and help inform the treatment goals for therapy. In the therapy process, Kristin will explore family roles and rules and behavior patterns in order to identify issues that contribute to conflict. She will work with family members in their communication and behavioral patterns and will help families understand the dynamics in their family unit, express thoughts and emotions, and solve problems. Often the symptoms that one member of the family carries are facilitated by the dynamics within the family, and understanding (and sometimes changing) these dynamics can lead to a resolution of those symptoms.