Systemic family therapy
Systemic family therapy focuses on the multiple systems that each individual is a part of, and how those systems impact the person's experiences interacting with the world, as well as how the world interacts with them. Your teenage daughter is a part of your immediate family, your extended family, a member of her friend group, a resident of the village of Oak Park, a student at Oak Park River Forest High School, and a teammate on the lacrosse team. On a larger scale, she is a part of the systems that she culturally identifies with - her age, race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. All of these dynamic and shifting systems make up who she is, how she relates to others, and how others relate to her. Systemic therapy is successful because the therapist is in tune with the impacts and pressures from these various dimensions of identity.
Rather than isolating an individual in a therapy office and disregarding the rest of their world, Empower Family Therapy greatly values the depth and richness of systems, and harnesses their influence to create long-lasting change.
strength-based & solution-focused
Empower Family Therapy encourages families to maintain appropriate focus on their strengths and their abilities to reach their desired goals. We are committed to creating and reinforcing hope in the midst of problems. Your therapist will assist you in identifying your strengths, and coach you through shifting your problem-focused outlook to one that has more room for hope and opportunity. Some people spend years in therapy reliving the problematic past without ever moving towards the future. Empower Family Therapy is dedicated towards identifying strengths, and finding solutions, to create change.
Empower Family Therapy is a welcoming community, we believe that everything in therapy is related to culture. We are aware that your culture impacts the way you view the world, the way the world views you, and your experience in seeking therapy. We invite our families into the discussion of culture in the first session, and every subsequent session, in a diligent effort to provide the best care.We look forward to providing quality therapy services to you regardless of your race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, class, or culture. We value the inherent right of every individual to desire happiness and health, regardless of their background or challenges. Empower Family Therapy utilizes a person-centered, culturally systemic model to effectively incorporate cultural factors into treatment.