Adults, Couples, and Families
Adults, Couples, and Families
At My Family Psychologist, we work systemically, meaning that we understand the impact mental health issues can have on Adults, couples, and families. We offer individual and couple’s therapy, along with solution focused family therapy to help you make sense of, family dynamics, sibling rivalry, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, and trauma for example. We also offer a full legal service for families, specialising in mediation and contact disputes, and marital and sexual difficulties.
Romantic love is biochemically indistinguishable from having a severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Source, Harvard Institute for Neuroscience, 2018.
Marriage counselling helps couples to recognise and resolve conflicts in order to help improve their relationships. Through marriage counselling, couples can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding and strengthening their relationships or going their separate ways.
In couples counselling, the aim is to gain new perspectives about each other and the way they relate and learning new ways of being together. Couples counselling includes “skills work” to help them actually do something different, as well as helping to explore feelings and thoughts with partners.
Family-based Behavioral Treatment
In Family-Based Behavioural Treatment, parents are encouraged to change their own behaviour in order to set a positive example to their children in order to change their behaviours in the long run. An important component of this type of therapy is training parents in child management and problem-solving skills. This treatment has been proven to be effective by research for obesity or overweight issues in children, as well as for treating anorexia in adolescents.
Solution-Focused Therapy is an approach to psychotherapy which is based on solution-building rather than problem-solving. It predominantly explores current resources and future hopes. This method takes the approach that you know what you need to do to improve your own life and, with the appropriate coaching and questioning, are capable of finding the best solutions.
In family therapy, a therapist may work with the family as a group and sometimes with subgroups or individuals. Family therapists are very interested in the family’s goals and strengths. They see the family as key to a child’s recovery from mental health, substance use, and behavioural problems. Family therapy puts emphasis on the importance of communication and understanding. In therapy, families explore and identify positive patterns and behaviours, and those which may contribute to distress.
Attachment- Based Approach
An attachment-based approach can be used in individual, family, couple, and group therapy, with both children and adults, to helps clients mend or recover from fractured family relationships. Those who may benefit from attachment-based therapy include adoptees, children in foster care, children of depressed mothers, and victims of trauma, such as children of divorce or children who have been sexually abused or otherwise mistreated, particularly at the hands of a caregiver. Attachment-based family therapy (ABFT) has been shown to be helpful in treating adolescents who are depressed and/or thinking about suicide.
In Crisis? If you feel you or someone else is at imminent risk there are a number of services and organisations who can help:Go to your local A&E
Call The Police
Contact your local NHS Crisis Team
Contact your local Single Point of Access; this is a relatively new service available in most Trusts aimed to streamline referrals
If you need to talk to someone, there are a number of charitable organisations who can help:
Text THEMIX to 85258 – talking support for young people
Call The Samaritans on 116123 or email email@example.com
Visit www.thecalmzone.net – The Campaign Against Living Miserably, specifically aimed at men under 45.
Call Family Lives on 0808 800 2222 – support for families and parenting.
Childline – 0800 1111.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse you can contact Refuge on their 24 hour helpline 0808 2000247.
Anxiety UK recommends the apple technique in triggering situations:
Acknowledge the uncertainty as it comes to mind.
Pause – Don’t react as you normally do. Don’t react at all. Just pause and breath.
Pull back – Tell yourself this is just the worry talking, and this apparent need for certainty is not helpful and not necessary. It is only a thought or feeling. Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are not statements or facts.
Let go – Let go of the thought or feeling. It will pass. You don’t have to respond to them. You might imagine them floating away in a bubble or cloud.
Explore – Explore the present moment, because right now, in this moment, all is well. Notice your breathing and the sensations of your breathing. Notice the ground beneath you. Look around and notice what you see, what you hear, what you can touch, what you can smell. Right now. Then shift your focus of attention to something else – on what you need to do, on what you were doing before you noticed the worry, or do something else – mindfully with your full attention.
Psychology Services Designed For You
Tailored to Your Needs
All our services are unique to your situation.
If you require specific psychology input, we will be there to provide you with whatever you need.
We are adaptable and that means that working with My Family Psychologist will always meet and exceed your requirements, even if they change over time.