*Of course it goes without saying, the safety of each person is my first responsibility. In issues of safety (including severe mental illness, substance abuse and physical or verbal abuse) I will certainly use my discretion to keep a safe and supportive atmosphere as appropriate.
More traditional talk therapy focuses on the self, even to the exclusion of the larger community. I don't believe that a healthy individual exists in a vacuum. It is beautiful, but it is not enough that you feel heard and gain insight in my office. Your growth and healing should also mean you connect to a larger "family" beyond my office walls. Whether that is your biological family, or a family of choice, the community you choose to surround yourself with is the ultimate benefactor of your healing. Because I believe these things you will find I have some unique philosophies of family therapy*: