Emotion Coaching is BACK!
Since 2016 this program has been has been helping parents discover how to connect with their children by understanding their emotional experience. Inevitably (spoiler) parents discover that it is their own inner world that needs attention in order to more effectively parent their kids. The bigger the emotions the bigger the payoff with this course! Appropriate for all ages.
*emotion coaching techniques may also be applied to partners/spouses ;)
Full day weekend sessions 9-5
$350 per person
$300 per couple
Fully insurance reimbursable
INTENSIVE PROGRAM FAQS
How is this different than "regular" therapy?
Traditionally family therapy is offered in 50 minute sessions weekly, biweekly, or on an as needed basis. This program allows for greater consistency than most courses of therapy and provides clear expectations and structure from the beginning. As a result families are able to focus on desired outcomes for several months rather than losing focus after a session or two because things improve initially or life gets in the way. Committing to this plan makes families likely to complete a greater number of sessions leading to better outcomes in most cases. Similar to medication psychological interventions have a dosing effect, a higher dose tends to lead to a larger treatment effect if you continue to take the medication as prescribed.
Why are sessions longer?
With several family members participating it is important that each one feels heard. Typically some members will speak more than others and often conflicts will emerge in session, a longer session ensures that no one person will dominate the allotted time. Within two hours intense emotions can be effectively processed in the moment without being prematurely interrupted by the end of session or sending the family home in a state of distress.
How do I know if my family could benefit from an intensive program?
Unless your family is dealing with one specific problem or event you will likely benefit from a more intensive program. All families are complex and it takes time to unravel what is really going on beneath the superficial level. Generally by the time you are considering family therapy, especially if all members are willing to attend, the problems have been going on for several years and conflict is high. If problems emerged over several years an expectation that they can be resolved with a few hourly sessions is unrealistic. As with most things in life, you get what you give. Families who commit to and embrace the process will have better results than those who are skeptical or hesitant. Ultimately there are no guarantees with any form of psychotherapy. It is more useful to trust the process than to focus on the outcomes.
What happens if one family member refuses to participate or quits the program?
No one can be forced to attend or to participate, nor would it be useful to do so. In the case of children and teens, parents will often insist that they attend and they will reluctantly comply. When this happens most youth will eventually choose to participate. We can work with anyone who shows up but there will be no expectation for them to talk unless they want. If a child or teen cannot be persuaded to attend the parents can still engage in family work without them. Sometimes knowing that they are being left out is enough to convince a youth to participate once they realize the work is going ahead with or without them. As for adults, each can make their own decision and it is up to the rest of the members to decide at that point whether it is worth continuing on without them.
What if we start and don't think it's working?
It is important that families invest in the intervention for a reasonable amount of time before determining it is not working. It can take a few weeks before all participants become comfortable with the process and feel safe enough to open up fully. It is also common for things to get worse before they get better and this may even be a positive because it means change is happening! Change is always uncomfortable, this is what we want. It can be difficult to stay the course in the midst of discouragement or chaos but often it can be very worthwhile in the long run. When a family is resolved to discontinuing the program they simply need to provide 2 weeks notice so that their reserved spot may be filled by another family. It should be noted that these families will not be allowed to return to the same therapist for at least six months and depending on the circumstances it may be advised that they seek out a new therapist should they wish to resume family work.
Do you offer regular or traditional sessions for families?
Unplanned sessions with an indeterminate length of treatment are not available at LifeCentre. We have a firm belief that the best results are possible only with structure, consistency, and commitment. As such participation in the Family Therapy Intensive is the only modality to engage in family work within this practice. Therapeutic relationship is a large factor in predicting treatment response, an intensive approach enhances the ability of the therapist to connect with clients. The therapist is investing significant time and energy into working with your family and this program allows the therapist to commit more fully to the process.
What if I'm not sure if this is right for me and my family?
Participating in a 3 month program is a big commitment, that is why an initial 30 minute consultation is required prior to registration. This ensures that your family is a good fit for the program. Scheduling will also be considered at this point and other recommendations will be made if an intensive intervention is not what is currently needed.
Dr. Susie McAfee
12-Week Family Therapy Intensive
Fall Program starts at the end of September.
Registration deadline is September 10th,
Spaces are limited.