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family counseling
in marietta, georgia

Being a parent is challenging. Parenting a teenager with today's life circumstances, their ever expanding access to technology, and their own typical developmental concerns, can feel almost impossible. Teenagers need parents that are connected, who know how to not only provide, but also protect and educate them as they face friendship challenges, feelings of fear and anxiety, school performance worries, and making meaning of their identity.

Maverick Marriage Therapy in Marietta, GA is passionate about empowering parents and teens to relationally connect, communicate, and establish healthy skills to improve their mental health and successfully transition to adulthood. 

As parents or co-parents, it can be difficult and overwhelming to determine whether your child’s behavior is typical for their developmental process or if there are greater concerns in your teen’s life. We help parents understand what is healthy during the differentiation process, which often includes teens creating distance from their parents and spending more time with their friends. We are also experienced in supporting families where something less typical is at play, for example,

a great mental health concern. We have the resources to help parents understand what they can do to help their child.

Teens looking at mobile device and the parents think that they should attend a family counseling session in marietta ga

Family counseling in Marietta, GA can be a great approach when there are important concerns impacting the family system. Sometimes these concerns could include difficult transitions academically or geographically, grieving the loss or death of a loved one, welcoming a new sibling, or blending family changes, including divorce and the introduction of step-parents.

 

At Maverick Marriage Therapy, we are experts at assisting all family members discover the roles, norms, and expectations that are impacting the system, while also encouraging healthy changes, facing these challenges, and remaining connected as family. Additionally, we are experienced in helping parents find healthy approaches to parenting a child that is struggling with mental health concerns, like depression or anxiety, disruptive behavior, and issues of conduct, which sometimes include attending residential or wilderness treatment. 

Common reasons teens and families utilize counseling: 

  • Understanding symptoms and gifts of ADD/ADHD

  • History of trauma, due to bullying 

  • Family conflict that remains unresolved 

  • Self-harming behaviors, including cutting or disordered eating habits

  • Divorce 

  • Blended Families 

  • Communication issues within teen and parent relationships

  • Peer pressure related to beliefs, substance abuse, or mental health concerns 

  • Post-hospitalization or residential treatment support 

  • Suicidal thoughts or concerns 

How can family counseling help?

Whether your child is anxious, refusing school, engaging in risk-taking behaviors, or being generally oppositional, Maverick Marriage Therapy is equipped to help you and your teen. We believe in the importance of the marital relationship and how it impacts the greater family system. We are passionate about empowering teens to develop healthier options to deal with their emotions, relationships, and  responsibilities. By utilizing a compassionate, yet direct approach within the family system, we are able to provide tools for parents and teens to communicate more effectively and improve their overall relationships. 

Family Counseling FAQ

What is Family Counseling?


Family therapy includes working within the family system, which could include parents, children, partners, grandparents, and siblings, to help everyone in the family understand and communicate effectively with one another.
   

How does Family Counseling work?


Family therapy requires multiple sessions with individuals in the system and sessions in which all members are present. Psychotherapy within the family system can improve interactions and communication between family members by supporting each person’s strengths and empowering them to process their needs in healthy ways. The therapist may encourage each member of the family to discuss their experiences, hopes, and challenges with clarifying their beliefs, values, needs, and assumptions. Therapists will establish boundaries and norms to interrupt dysfunctional patterns and behaviors, such as blaming each other, understanding how their words and behaviors impact others, and stop emotionally abusive language.
 

When is Family Counseling needed?
 

Family therapy can be helpful when families are feeling unsure of how to resolve conflict and move forward in their relationships. Feelings such as sadness or anger can emerge if dysfunctional family patterns dominate interactions. Changes in the family system like physical illness, mental health or substance abuse issues, moving, divorce, ageing, trauma, grief and loss, and new children can bring about new challenges and family therapy can be helpful.

How much does Family Counseling cost?


Cost is dependent on your therapist’s experience, session length, and whether you are in need of a sliding scale or not. Maverick Marriage Therapy does not accept insurance, but your therapist can provide a Superbill to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. Please contact your insurance company to discuss this possibility further.
 

How long does the Family Counseling process take?
 

Family therapy is a complex and highly specialized process. It could lask only a few sessions, or it may take several more for some families.

 

How do I know if Family Counseling is right for me?
 

Family therapy can be helpful when families are feeling unsure of how to resolve conflict and move forward in their relationships. Feelings such as sadness or anger can emerge if dysfunctional family patterns dominate interactions. Changes in the family system like physical illness, mental health or substance abuse issues, moving, divorce, ageing, trauma, grief and loss, and new children can bring about new challenges and family therapy can be helpful.

Marital, Couples, Individual, Family, & Teen Counseling in Marietta, Georgia & Teletherapy in Illinois

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