FAMILY THERAPY IN PORTLAND

Our Approach to Family Therapy

  • There are a multitude of reasons that bring a youth and parents to seeking family therapy support
  • Our approach helps youth and families meet and work together from a non-pathologizing, strengths-based, growth-oriented, and relationship-focused model referred to as positive family therapy.
  • As family therapists, Our therapeutic techniques foster strengths, virtues, goal-setting, and positive emotional well-being of all family members.
  • In working with the family system, we aim to help families move beyond their unique challenges to fortify the family with core skills and qualities that consistently fuel greater family harmony.
  • The approach our adolescent psychologists take is informed by our beliefs about the active ingredients that promote and sustain optimal family life, and we believe are families are healthiest when more and more they can:
      • show concern and interest for each other;
      • have good feelings for each other;
      • and they are happy with their association with each other and they enjoy each others company;
      • communicate in respectful ways and they resolve disagreements and conflicts peacefully so that there is a bonding and growth experience instead of frustration and anger as the result;
      • are willing to support each other in times of hardship or crisis;
      • work to understand the other people in the family and to be understood by others;
      • they express appreciation for the people in the family for what they are rather than what they would like them to be;
      • they look for the good things in one another and recognize and point out one another’s strengths while appreciating the individual differences (and similarities) of each family member.

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