Do you wonder how to talk as a family when all you do is fight?
- Does the family feel like no one is on the same page?
- Does it feel as if depression, anxiety, illness, addiction, or relationship issues are causing the family to fall apart?
- Are you exhausted and checked out, as if there is nothing left to give?
Sometimes when there is conflict in the family, it feels as if it will never get better. It can feel like ships in the night, passing each other in the halls without speaking or even acknowledging each other. Or it can be complete chaos and strife, never a peaceful moment when everyone is home. Either way, it can feel exhausting, overwhelming and frustrating. It can feel like you want to leave and not go back, not because you don’t love them but because you just need some peace in your life.
Things Can Get Better
You may feel that it is impossible to get everyone’s schedules to coordinate so that therapy could actually happen. You may feel that there are just too many issues and that no one could possibly help. Sometimes it all feels so overwhelming that we don’t even know where to begin. When people in the family are dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, illness, transitions, addiction and other various stressors in life, it can feel as though your breath has been taken away. I understand, and I am here to help. I have a specialization in family therapy and I have extensive experience and training in the field. I work with families of various sizes, races, ethnicities, ages, orientations, and blended families.
Your Family Can Heal
Due to my years of clinical practice working with families, I am well versed in the conflicts and stress that families endure. There are both external and internal factors that affect the health and well-being of the family unit. Family therapy can improve communication skills among all members and help bring a deeper sense of respect and peace. The work we do together will help rebalance the dynamics and assist in healthier relationships for all.
Some Concerns You May Have About Therapy
How can the entire family make the time to go to therapy? It is true that therapy takes time and commitment. But your family is worth this investment. I know it is challenging to rearrange schedules to make it work but a more communicative and peaceful home is worth the inconvenience.
Our situation is different than most families, how could anyone understand what we are going through? I have extensive clinical experience, and my years as a clinician have afforded me the depth and breadth of knowledge that is vital in working with families. Although your story is uniquely yours, I have worked with a multitude of families over the years from various backgrounds, orientations, and experiences and I would be honored to work with your family as well.
How can we all get a word in when all we do is argue? That is my job as a therapist to assure that everyone has a chance to be heard and respected. I am trained as a family therapist and I will address the core communication patterns that are causing disruption and disconnection within the family.
I Am Here to Help
Family therapy takes time and commitment, but it is a worthwhile investment for your family. You will find greater support in achieving a healthier, more productive way to communicate with your loved ones. If you would like an initial consultation, please call me today.
At DKK Psychological Services, I offer telehealth therapy for individuals, couples, and families. After our work together, you will have found a sense of relief and reconnection allowing you to live your best lifestyle yet. I embrace differences in age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, socioeconomic status, and physical abilities.
Dianne K. Kraaijvanger, Psy.D., LMHC, LMFT, RN
MA Psychologist License #11302
Phone: (781) 705-2797