Family Transitions

The end of summer is the time when adolescents who graduated from high school look forward to college or a job and when college seniors celebrate the completion of their studies and prepare for their entrance into the world of work or graduate school. Of course, it is also the time when millions of…

Teenagers in Trouble: A Family Therapy Perspective

The first weeks of January mark the half year point in the school calendar. They become for some parents times of increasing apprehension triggered by their teenagers’ school performance.
Observations at home, reports from school and impressions about friends may lead to tense discussions between…

Therapy for Couples: The Relationship is the Focus

Polly has been restless since her youngest daughter left for college. She has had trouble sleeping and finds she has less patience with her husband Ken. Brandon and Yvonne received news last week that their fifth attempt at in vitro fertilization has failed. Mick lost his job last summer as an industry…

About the Indispensability of Hope

How often have I heard people in my office say, “I have lost all hope” or “We have given up hope” as a way of summarizing their experience at this moment: “We have no more energy to go forward”. People feel trapped, unable to move on, frightened by what inevitably seems to happen – to them, to a loved…