La Family Therapy’s treatment approach stems from the belief that most parents deeply love their children and often know when their parenting style is not working. Despite this intuition, parents frequently struggle to adjust their behavior accordingly and develop new strategies.
I have discovered that many parents feel trapped in an almost knee-jerk reaction style of parenting: they either feel stuck simply repeating what their own parents did or, if they disliked their own childhood experience, do simply the opposite hoping for different results. Unfortunately neither approach creates a truly happy and well-adjusted child.
The quintessential element missing in both approaches is a parenting style that responds, reacts and adjusts to who the child is and what she communicates about her needs. Without realizing it, parents are often deeply engulfed in powerful emotions about their own childhood that have been triggered precisely because they love their children so much. While consciously struggling to be a better parent than one’s own, parents find themselves unconsciously re-enacting their own unmet needs and unresolved conflicts. This is one of the main reasons so many mental health problems “magically” repeat themselves from generation to generation.
LA Family Therapy’s treatment improves parents’ understanding of their children’s’ needs and helps them to respond to those needs. It restores teenagers’ ability to communicate and correct troubled behaviors, (Drug use, constant defiance, school trouble, etc.). In other words, LA Family Therapy helps teenagers to stop acting out and communicate their needs to parents who are now better able to respond to them.
To set up a parent consultation or family session, email me at ngeipert[at]lafamilytherapy.com or call me at 310-601-6071.