Family Counseling

Our family therapy specialist, Heather Merrill, understands how complex family dynamics can be. Each person in a family has a unique role, personality, and individuality, yet they must function as a whole. Heather provides family therapy to children and their families in order to promote understanding and collaboration among members.

How Heather Helps Families

Skill Building

It’s natural for big feelings to come up in the midst of sibling rivalry, separation, divorce, remarriage, disability or illness, loss, or challenges at school. In family counseling, you can learn new ways to manage these feelings as a family so that every family member feels supported. Families can gain effective communication strategies, problem-solving skills, coping techniques, and calming skills.

Non-Judgmental Troubleshooting

Does your family have a pattern or issue that has been happening for a long time and/or feels like it is too large or complex to resolve?  Heather’s approach to family counseling is supportive and non-judgmental and  carves out a safe space to work through these challenges so that each person in the family can be heard and understood. With hard work, you can experience empathy in new ways and build a collaborative family team.

Parent Support & Coaching

Parents will feel encouraged, uplifted, and supported. Heather helps parents understand their strengths and coaches them through areas where they’re getting stuck.  Are you a parent struggling to adjust to your life with kids? Heather has special training  through the Gottman Institute in helping new parents adjust to parenthood.

Foster/Adoptive Family Support

Heather loves to help adoptive and foster families facilitate positive relationship interactions and bonding. She has experience helping families with children that have experienced abandonment, neglect, abuse, or trauma.

Blended Family Support

Blending a family is no easy task! Blended or step-families may seek the support of a family counselor to establish stronger family cohesion, restructure roles, explore the division of responsibilities, process boundaries, adjust to change, or increase the sense of peace and calm in the household.

Counseling for LGBTQ+ Families

Gender identity, sexual orientation, and romantic orientation are central to how we see ourselves both individually and in relation to others. Heather understands that some people may come to therapy to talk specifically about issues directly related to gender, romantic, and sexual identity. She supports families where one of more person identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community to explore these issues as well as facilitate open dialogue within the family.

"Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing."

Jim Rohn

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”

Jane Howard

“No one’s family is normal. Normalcy is a lie invented by advertising agencies to make the rest of us feel inferior.”

Calire LaZebnik
We’re ready when you are! Schedule an appointment with Heather Merrill, LMHC today!