Reunification

& Co~Parenting Therapy

Returning Team Family

to their own EPICness!

Empowered ~ Positive ~ Inspired ~ Confident


Reunification therapy facilitates therapeutic healing so that a new relationship between parent and child can grow. It is crucial for reunification therapy to be child-focused. In an ideal scenario, adults involved can and should work together as a team to prioritize the child(ren)’s well-being. This therapeutic intervention is an effective tool in changing family dynamics, establishing a bond between estranged parents and their kids, and creating a new co-parenting relationship.

 

Choosing me for Reunification Counseling offers you the opportunity to embark on a transformative journey towards healing and reunification within your family. Here's why you should consider seeing me for Reunification Counseling:
1. Expertise in Family Dynamics: I specialize in understanding the complexities of family dynamics and the unique challenges faced during periods of separation or strained relationships. With my extensive knowledge and experience in high conflict with expressive family drama, I can guide you through the process of rebuilding trust, fostering communication, and nurturing healthy connections within your family.
2. Compassionate and Non-Judgmental Approach: I provide a safe and non-judgmental space where family members can express their feelings, concerns, and perspectives without fear of criticism. I approach Reunification Counseling with empathy and compassion, ensuring that everyone's voices are heard and respected throughout the healing process.
3. Tailored Strategies and Interventions: Every family is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to Reunification Counseling. I will work closely with you to develop personalized strategies and interventions that address the specific needs and dynamics of your family. Together, we will navigate the path towards reunification while considering the unique circumstances and challenges involved.

4. Effective Communication Skills: Rebuilding healthy communication is a vital aspect of reunification. I will help you develop effective communication skills, teaching you techniques to express emotions, listen actively, and resolve conflicts in a constructive manner. These skills will empower you to navigate difficult conversations and create a supportive environment for healing and growth.
5. Holistic Approach: Reunification is not just about resolving immediate conflicts; it is also about promoting long-term harmony and well-being within the family. I take a holistic approach that considers the emotional, psychological, and practical aspects of reunification. By addressing all dimensions, we can work towards sustainable and positive change within your family system.
6. Commitment to Success: I am dedicated to your family's success in the reunification process. I will be there to support and guide you every step of the way, providing encouragement, resources, and professional expertise. I am committed to helping you navigate the challenges, overcome obstacles, and ultimately achieve a stronger and healthier family unit.


Choosing me for Reunification Counseling means embarking on a transformative journey towards healing, rebuilding relationships, and creating a harmonious family environment. Together, we can navigate the complexities, nurture connection, and work towards a brighter future for your family.

 


How is reunification therapy helpful for estranged relationships?

When a parent has left (regardless of the circumstances or reasons) a child may feel confused, hurt and experience symptoms of trauma.

In order for any estranged relationship to heal, the underlying feelings need to be identified and acknowledged. In other words, it takes a while for a child to trust a therapist enough to say “I feel sad that mom left. I feel like she left me, and that I did something wrong” or “I feel mad that dad left. I think he doesn’t love me enough to stick around” and/or anything else that may come up for that child. Once a child’s feelings and thoughts are identified in individual therapy, they can begin to work through them with their parent. If these feelings are not addressed, it is impossible to move forward. Most all of  our relationships we have a need to feel heard, understood, and have our feelings validated by the person who wronged us in order to move forward. This is the process of reunification therapy. By understanding and admitting to their feelings, children can begin to communicate them. Kids need to communicate these difficult feelings to the parent who left in order to heal.

The estranged parent needs to listen and be open and non-defensive for a period of time before telling their side of the story. After some time, it can be helpful to hear parental stories, in order for the child to develop understanding and empathy.

The ultimate goal is for both the parent and the child to feel heard and seen, and to create a new bond starting from a place of honesty, compassion, and empathy from the onset of reunification therapy.


How does reunification therapy work?

When a child and parent are separated, for whatever reason, a child will experience their own trauma. This is because kids are so self-focused and cannot hold perspective in the same way adults can (their frontal cortex, which is in charge of planning, oversight, future oriented tasks, and perspective is not developed). Even if a parent has good reasons for leaving, a child simply cannot understand them the same way an adult might. Therefore it is important that reunification therapy take place to ensure that the bond between child and parent can be repaired after it’s felt to have been severed. It is an important way for children to feel heard and get back on the right track with their estranged parent.

Reunification-Cost and Duration

Typically it takes 9-18 months for a family to complete all four phases in reunification therapy (depending on the severity of the case); the time taken for each phase may vary depending on how much needs to be processed and explored. Many times I am able to use medical insurance for some sessions. Other sessions are billed at my hourly rate of $225.00.  Unlike other forms of therapy where client pay their co-pay at the end of each session, I  charge a retainer (usually 10 sessions at once) of which each parent pays the same amount of retainer.


I believe in the power of family members to heal their own wounds and also want to feel lovingly connected to their "family".

I am a catalyst as I assist folks in intimate relationships while  transitioning  to a more healthy and sustainable family life. I will support you in uncovering your hidden strengths and talents, and I will encourage family members and/or partners to discover new pathways to solution resolution.

I am fiecely committed to uniting family members in the best healthy relationship each team member can attain, knowing that we all want acceptance of who are and how we show up. Let's Begin....