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As a core mental health discipline, we offer marriage and family therapy. Based on research and theory, family problems are best treated in a family context. Avalon Malibu’s staff is competently trained in psychotherapy and family systems.
We focus on understanding our client’s symptoms and patterns within their environment. Our staff primarily treats individuals, however, we also provide couples and families the option of group therapy. Our family therapists treat each client from a relationship perspective, incorporating the complete family system.
Family therapy is one of the most well-studied and effective therapeutic interventions. Family involvement in the treatment process consistently improves both individual and family functioning. We offer couples therapy as well, for those in romantic relationships that struggle with depression and insecurities. This therapy is particularly effective with families who are caring for elderly members or children with chronic illnesses. Compassion and empathy are vital in marriage and family therapy, as are strong listening, organizational, problem-solving and communication skills. Avalon Malibu therapists help our clients improve their ability to trust and share their innermost thoughts and feelings, as part of the healing process.
Because of their intimate connections, couples and families often face unique issues, so they search for help from marriage and family therapists. Our professional programs involve assessing, diagnosing and treating individuals, couples, and families in groups. We help them to achieve more adequate, satisfying and productive social lives.
Avalon Malibu therapists are psychotherapists and healing arts practitioners who help our clients with a particular focus on how family dynamics impact recovery and well-being.
The basic foundation of human interactions are the relationships we build and how we nurture them. Our relationships must be engaging, and we cannot survive on surface connections alone. Whether in the family, community, workplace or school setting, healthy relationships promote physical and emotional well-being.
These relationships we create develop understanding and empathy and facilitate lifelong learning. When we are a part of something strong, such as these relationships, we create a support system for life’s difficulties. The stronger our relationships become, the stronger we are and the more zest we have for our lives.
Not all therapists are the same. Contrary to popular belief, a large majority of counselors are not qualified to treat couples and families. It is essential that therapists who provide family therapy have the training and experience to work with multiple clients at one time in consultation.
When a client’s family is present during a session, they are likely to have conflicting and volatile opinions and ideas. If therapists are not prepared to intervene, they may appear to take sides, and cause a more problematic situation, alienating one or more clients. This can cause more harm than good, and result in a mediocre outcome at best.
Avalon Malibu’s licensed marriage and family therapists have spent their entire careers studying and working with families and couples and perfecting an approach that really works. Their expert guidance allows participants to experience respect; it also allows them to be listened to and helps them to know that their perspectives will be honored.
Empowering the once-polarized members of a couple or family will allow them to come together in a new and creative way. Our clients tell us that our approach really works. We are confident that our new clients will also agree.