HELPING FAMILIES BECOME HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER.
Are you struggling as a parent? Is one of your children experiencing difficulties that are affecting the others? Is conflict with a spouse creating stress for your children? Are there extended family members in your household with whom you are at odds?
Families in conflict or crisis can gain a great deal by seeing a qualified therapist. Sometimes clients know they need family therapy at the outset. Other times, they begin individual therapy, and through this work discover that family therapy is called for, either instead of or in addition to one-on-one therapy.
And often when a child is in therapy, additional family therapy is needed to get everyone "on the same page" and in alignment with overall goals.
What is a marriage and family therapist?
A licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) is a relationship specialist who helps couples and families reduce conflict and achieve more satisfying relationships. Marriage and family therapy is rooted in the idea that mental illness and family problems are best treated in a family context.
Trained in psychotherapy and family systems, LMFTs focus on understanding clients' symptoms and interaction patterns within the family environment. An LMFT has a minimum of a master's degree and two years of clinical experience. LMFTs can independently diagnose and treat clients with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Our family therapy clients see Angie O'Shea, MA, LMFT. A highly skilled licensed marriage and family therapist, Angie helps Minnesota families recognize unhealthy patterns and take steps toward better communication and more productive ways of resolving conflicts.
Family therapy can be structured in whatever way best suits your family's needs. Most clients find that the work they do in family therapy has lasting impact. The insights gained continue to strengthen family relationships and the skills learned are tools that can be used whenever stressful situations arise.