Medical Family Therapy

iStock-691524138.jpgMedical family therapists take a holistic approach with individuals, couples, and families faced with challenging health issues. Integrated behavioral health increases the likelihood of a longterm successful result for individuals and their families. When medical and mental health intersect, patient health outcomes improve. This is especially true for individuals who also experienced trauma. Research shows that trauma and health are intertwined across the lifespan. Health and trauma must be concurrently addressed to facilitate healing.

Trauma

Trauma encompasses many different human experiences, including sexual / physical abuse, death of a loved one, divorce, chronic / acute illness, and others. After living through trauma, individuals can experience symptoms in their minds, bodies, spirits, and relationships. Often, trauma leaves individuals stuck in unhelpful patterns and creates barriers to fulfilling personal goals and relationships.

Therapists assist individuals in healing from traumatic events. Individuals often share a renewed sense of confidence, freedom, peace, and connection that results from trauma-informed therapy. I specialize in supporting children, adults, couples, and families in healing from:

  • Child abuse
  • Medical trauma
  • Medically unexplained symptoms, such as:
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Chronic musculoskeletal pain
    • Gastrointestinal discomfort
    • Non-epileptic seizures
    • Pelvic pain
    • Stomach pain
  • Mood disorders / depression
  • Personality disorders
  • PTSD / anxiety / OCD
  • Sexual abuse / assault

Treatment Approach

The first session will include a comprehensive evaluation to determine the client’s biological, psychological, social, spiritual, and cultural background and the impact of trauma on identity and relationships. This evaluation and conversation with the client will inform the development of a treatment plan.

Because trauma is stored in our brains and bodies, I rely on several frameworks to support clients in their healing. I draw on somatic, experiential, cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, and family systems clinical frameworks. Additionally I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR; level 1), a treatment approach that reduces trauma symptoms more quickly than conventional talk therapy.

I partner with the client and their family members to determine a comfortable ending point for treatment. Individuals are always welcome to return to therapy at a later time. Please contact me to schedule an intake session.