Families can experience tremendous stress during difficult developmental transitions. The shift into adolescence, young adulthood, and eventually adulthood can be quite challenging for any family. Teenagers and young adults often communicate their struggles through behaviors such as cutting, addiction, anger difficulties, and eating disorders rather than using words. We encourage talking rather than acting and we work to understand family patterns that may be contributing to problems.
Divorce, step-family dynamics, and significant life events can cause a tremendous amount of stress for families. At the Collective, we collaboratively explore dysfunctional family repetitions in order to create systemic shifts. These shifts can result in healthier interactions and more effective communication patterns. We explore family dynamics from a systems perspective with the idea that if one family member begins to change for the better, the whole system becomes healthier.