Family & Couple Mental Health

I work with families with adult members. I specialize in helping families where one member has a major mental health diagnosis such as persistent Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, or Schizophrenia.

Couple_At_SunsetFamilies do not cause mental illnesses, but what they do can make a big difference in the course and severity of these disorders. Families affected by mental illness need to be equipped with current reliable information and the best possible skills to overcome the exceptional challenges of persistent mental illness and the mental health care system. Competent professionals will, with the ill family member’s permission, welcome family members as partners in providing effective care. Perhaps the most effective way for family members to become involved is family therapy. Family therapy has been demonstrated in at least nine scientific studies to reduce the ill family member’s symptom relapse rates an average of 35% over customary outpatient care.

I offer evidence-based family and couple therapy. Such therapy is practical, improving communication, coping, and problem solving skills. I learn about your family’s concerns, then guide your family in identifying and working toward common goals. Usually these include reducing family stress, increasing mutual support, and improving problems related to any mental illnesses in the family.