Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible - the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.
We are born to bond, designed as social beings to develop, maintain and benefit from our connections with others for optimal biological, psychological, social and spiritual functioning.
to feel at home
Our original family is our first community - where we interact, learn and rehearse the roles and rules of connection. Norms of partnership, and expressions of love and care are developed that are then carried forward and applied to other relationships, including ones with co-workers, friends , spouses and children.
A family that has been impacted by addiction or other high-stress events is prone to predictable, painful interactions that, over time, can erode a family's sense of unity. Norms of connection that worked in other contexts no longer apply. Families suffer in confusion and isolation as a deeply-rooted drive to connect and care for one another chronically faces the dueling need for self-protection.
Here is where
a family workshop
Sometimes the very thing that a family in crisis needs is the opposite of what seems natural to many families - to invite someone from outside the family system to come in and help. This is especially important in cases where a family is attempting to cope with a member's emergent addiction to drugs and alcohol and is following the impulse to hold their struggle secretly tucked away within the family.
Michelle is an experienced marriage and family therapist who has facilitated family programs within a myriad of residential and outpatient treatment centers. She has helped many families to better understand the underpinnings of addiction, its impact on relationships, and how to more effectively protect the essence of connection within its midst.
Michelle has designed a one and two-day workshop that can accentuate any efforts a family is making to eradicate the negative affects of addiction and to strengthen family bonds.