Families First was based on the foundation of a consultation program for parents and families that was brought to life by John Sommers-Flanagan. These consultations provide individualized support to help families navigate obstacles within their family system. The foundation of our approach stems from the idea that all parents love their children. Our goal is to give families from any background access to practical help with any family issue in a confidential, solution-focused setting.
The model we use has a strong emphasis on person-centered or parent-centered principles. Specifically, the model is consistent with theoretical foundations of solution-focused counseling, including:
a consistent focus on parent strengths and solutions instead of problems
belief in the idea that clients often have problems because they have become stuck using ineffective solutions
the foundational belief that because change is constant and inevitable, small changes may be all that is needed to solve the so-called big problems
therapy is a collaborative, cooperative, and co-constructive conversation
The purpose of these consultations is focused on creating positive outcomes for families. Our consultation sessions facilitate an environment that help individuals consider their own emotional responses in relation to how they interact with their family. While in consultation, you will be informed on the consultation process, model affective attitudes, receive advice regarding behavior management and family communication, and receive a comprehensive summary of a plan resulting from your session.
Fee: $40 for a 1 hour session with an optional donation Please note: Consultations will be limited to four sessions per individual. However, if you feel that you need more therapeutic counseling, Families First will connect you with resources to give you the support you need.