“Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big because, to them, all of it has always been big stuff.”
– Catherine M. Wallace
Take the journey together – not separately.
The idea is that, hopefully, we all continue to grow and evolve throughout our lives, and sometimes when each of us is on our specific journey, it can throw the family system out of whack. That journey can bring about new challenges and make daily communication tough to navigate.
I am constantly in awe of the parents that drive to my office and drop their child off for therapy while they sit out in the car and wait – navigating busy schedules and extracurricular activities to keep their child well. I admire their dedication and compassion.
By taking a holistic approach, there may be times when a family session is more beneficial for the young person and the parent(s). It can be super productive to hear about each family member’s experience, problem-solve, and make a plan together to move forward.
Why is Family Support so important?
LGBTQ+ teens are 6X more likely to experience symptoms of depression than their straight counterparts.
Family units are essential when supporting children and young people. Only 1 in 3 LGBTQ youth finds their home to be LGBTQ-affirming. Family sessions are so helpful in creating a shared understanding of one another, increasing communication skills, and providing unique opportunities for shared education and coping skill-building.
While the dominant narrative can be loss, rejection, and harm – other narratives, such as resilience, courage, and unique ways of creating and forming community and family bonds, are also true.
Family connectedness, family acceptance, safe schools, caring adults, and positive role models are all protective factors!
Family involvement can change the trajectory of a young person’s journey.
Let’s normalize happiness and acceptance!
Email me today to set up a family session.
YOU can be the parent(s) that doesn’t look away and embraces vulnerability and authenticity while modeling that behavior in your parenting and relationships.