Dr. Robin Shultz is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Although Family Therapy often involves working with two or more people, frequently, only one person in the family is motivated and ready to work on things.
Approaches to Family Therapy
Family Therapy with one person can be as effective, or in some cases, more effective than having the entire family present. Why and how? When one committed member makes a decision to change the way he or she handles him or herself in relationship with other members, or decides to respond differently to someone else’s actions or words, other people in the family or the relationship (including couples) eventually begin to make changes in themselves too. This is the beauty of a system and how it works.
Help for Children’s Behavior
Often, parents come in for help in handling difficulties their children are having either at home, at school, or in the community. Most often, meeting alone with parents can help determine whether or not things that are occurring in the family may be inadvertently contributing to challenging behavior.
These sessions are geared towards breaking down the behavior being demonstrated and figuring out it’s antecedents and consequences – or what leads up to it, and what keeps if continuing – in order to develop effective strategies for parents to implement in order to make the challenging behavior ineffective. The development of a behavior support plan is available at an extra fee for parents who desire this service. Sometimes, entire families attend treatment together to deal with a problem that is happening in the family. When this occurs, the difficulty is approached from a systems perspective meaning that specific individuals are not viewed as “the problem”. Families, even when in crisis, have many hidden strengths that can be mobilized to help them through difficult times. Whether resolving a crisis, dealing with a loss, or just trying to find a balance between individuality and togetherness, Family Therapy works to bring all members’ concerns forward in a respectful, solution focused manner.
Dr. Robin Shultz is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Robin has also received advanced training in Bowen Family Systems Therapy and incorporates Bowen coaching techniques into Family Therapy treatment when conducting Family Therapy with only one person present. For more information about Family Therapy or Bowen Coaching, contact us online or call Robin Shultz, DSW, LCSW, LMFT, CADC, CTRS at 630.828.6305.