Marriage and Family Therapy

Family relationships have a powerful impact on our overall health and wellbeing, and when the family system breaks down, everyone can suffer.  At Oasis, we understand the complexities faced by families today. Our highly qualified and experienced family therapy providers help each family member examine their personal role within the dynamic, encouraging each member of the family to explore their abilities to contribute to a positive resolution. In addition to family therapy, we offer a continuum of resources and treatment for families which include child education, adolescent coaching, support groups, and intensive therapy to help each family member face adversity with strength and peace. Although families often feel out of control when it comes to dealing with a crisis, there are many ways that each person can support each other. Here are a few important ways families can take part in treatment:

Providing Information
Parents and other family members often provide history and information that allows for a truly holistic treatment approach. Each unit of the family is viewed as an important part of the family therapy treatment “team” and we encourage everyone to take part in sessions and groups.

Education
The most basic level of family therapy intervention is to help families understand the complexity of issues through psycho-education. Education is provided through therapy groups, support groups and individual therapy and coaching. Through education, family members can learn to support, while still taking care of themselves.

Communication Coaching
It can often feel like you and your loved one are speaking a completely different language! While this is often the case, family members are provided with education, coaching and skill building in the areas of assertive communication, boundary setting, and effective relationship development. Furthermore, family members can learn to be aware of unproductive patterns of interaction.

Structural Family Systems Therapy
Every family is dynamic in nature, and so is family therapy.  Our team carefully determines the structure of family therapy based on the system and the needs of each member. We have therapists that will join with the family as an educator, family coach, or counselor, depending on the level of intervention required. At certain times, the whole family or a sub-system within the family may find themselves participating in the session. This type of family therapy takes a multi-faceted approach, incorporating supportive and educational interventions.