Family Counseling and Parenting

Family Counseling and Parenting

Helping your family feel closer and more enjoyable

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Parenting is not an exact science

Mistakes are OK!

Parenting is challenging enough. From the “trying threes” to those baffling teenage years, there are challenges to be managed. Remember, it is your child’s first time being at whatever age they are, and it is your first time parenting them at that age, so you will both make mistakes! We are here to help you navigate these challenging waters so that mistakes are teaching opportunities.

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Strengths-Based Parenting & Family Counseling

Recognize the unique traits of each family member

In Strengths-Based Family Therapy, we start by taking an inventory of each family member’s unique strengths and qualities. This helps us understand what each person brings to the table and how they can contribute to the family’s overall success. From there we help you leverage this strengths to create a plan for your family’s happiness.

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Understanding Families

Why we lash out at those we love

Families often gather after long and tiring days of school and work, which can make them irritable and prone to snapping at minor annoyances. Unfortunately, loved ones may bear the brunt of this stress-induced behavior. It is crucial to remember that stressed-out behavior is not an accurate reflection of one’s personality, and it is vital not to take it personally.

A black family with a baby and 5 year old sit for a portrait on a sofa. Families all have their own unique joys and stressors.

Mindfulness-Based Family & Parenting Therapy

Improve communication. Reduce conflict

Family conflict is common and we know how to untangle it. Mindfulness is a critical component of family and parenting counseling, as it helps family members become more self-aware, recognize their triggers, and respond more effectively to stressors. With over 20 years of family counseling experience, we are prepared to help you restore the balance in your home.

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Talking to kids about tragedy

How to Help Your Children Cope with Tragedies and Scary News Stories As a parent, you may feel the need to protect your children from the darkness in the world. It's wise to limit their exposure, especially to scary-sounding news stories on…
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Why do I hate my parents?!

Why Do Teens Often Feel Resentful Toward Their Parents? As a teenager, it's normal to feel irritated, annoyed, angry, or even resentful towards your parents. They can be overprotective, and suspicious and may not understand that you're not…

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Jonathan F. Anderson, LPC-s has worked in the helping profession since he started college in 1990. After completing his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas, Austin in 1994, he attended the highly-regarded University of Minnesota to earn his Master’s degree in 1997. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is recognized as a Board Approved Supervisor by the State of Texas Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Jonathan has completed Level-2 of the Gottman Method of Couples Counseling, and in 1998 received training by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation in Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management & Debriefing. To learn more about Jonathan’s practice, click here: Jonathan F. Anderson, LPC-s.

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