One of the most difficult challenges that a therapist can face is when a child or teen is brought to treatment and their parents are engaged in a bitter or difficult divorce.
Everywhere we turn, there seems to be another book or article on trauma treatment with the individual child. But there are three missing core pieces.
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It takes a village to raise a child is an old African proverb.
Trauma treatment is more challenging when the entire family is treated, not just the child. A central reason for this is based on our research on what we term as interactional trauma within Chapter 2 of Treating the Traumatized Child: A Step-by-Step Family Systems Approach. Interactional trauma takes place when there is constant bickering, yelling,…
Kill the spider describes what can happen when our client’s minds believe the lies perpetuated by a traumatic event. The result can be the stronghold of shame and require shame therapy. Cobwebs are the metaphor for the child’s trauma symptoms (i.e., depression, aggression, addiction, anger, self-harm) that medicate the stronghold of shame – the spider. Trauma…
Today, many adolescent boys feel emotionally abandoned. In Helping Young Boys Expand Their Emotional Language, Chris Lyford shares how we have redefined what it means to be female, but how we have left boys behind. Too many teenage boys and their parents are trapped in an outdated model of masculinity. Our boys cannot shed this…
FST Techniques blend the many approaches to family systems therapy.
Therapy cases can get labeled as “stuck” or “impossible” with clients mistakenly seen as unmotivated or resistant.
Ever see the famous ending scene in the 1996 movie “Jerry McGuire”?
Great therapy is both process and content.
How do you integrate this knowledge to move from treating the traumatized child to treating the traumatized family?
As COVID-19 continues, stress and anxiety are on the rise.
In working with mental health professionals around the world, they often tell me they are seeing increased anxiety in their clients.
Children and adolescents with oppositional and defiant behavior (ODD) are often referred to treatment because of extreme emotional or behavior problems.
We’ve all been there. We make progress with traumatized clients and their families and then the forward momentum stops.
Mental health is a vast profession with hundreds of specializations and numerous types of clients.
We’ve all worked with difficult parents.
“Contrary to popular belief, trauma can be healed… without long hours of therapy; without painful reliving of memories; and without a continuing reliance on medication.”
As mental health professionals, we know traumatized families often are stuck in negative thinking.
“The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” First coined by the philosopher Aristotle, this idiom embodies the spirit of the FST approach.
You know family relationships are complicated.
Mental health professionals tell me it can be difficult to translate traditional talk therapy to online therapy.