Many of our patients come to Mars & Venus for comprehensive psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. The evaluation process involves careful assessment of developmental and biological determinants of psychiatric and psychological symptoms as well as the family system. The evaluation then leads to formulation of a treatment plan in collaboration with the family as well as the school when appropriate. That is why, in addition to adult psychotherapy, young adult (17-22 years old) psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology, our psychiatry office is also happy to provide family counseling services in Teaneck for our patients.
Our approach is eclectic and pragmatic, integrating different treatment modalities including individual and family therapy, as well as careful psychopharmacological intervention. Everyone in the family has a valuable perspective to offer. Without each person’s perspective, important information may be missing. Therefore, all members of the family or household are encouraged to attend the consultation. The purpose of family consultation is to empower families to make decisions, negotiate changes, adapt, and cope. A consultation can also assist a family to define their vision or goals. Mars & Venus provides a unique and safe environment where a child can explore difficult feelings and relieve distress. Through the therapeutic relationship, a child begins to understand his or her feelings, learns new ways of coping, and improves their self-esteem. Using family counseling services in Teaneck, we can help parents understand their child’s emotional and behavioral issues as well as helping parents develop strategies for addressing these concerns. Our family consultation services are focused on assisting the families to proactively plan for changes, or problem-solve regarding a specific situation. Major changes or unexpected situations can test a family’s ability to adapt or cope. Families may need to significantly reorganize roles and routines, or may simply need information about resources to help them adapt. In these circumstances, a family can benefit from consulting a professional for information and assistance.
We will work collaboratively towards your family’s goal. Decisions as to future action following the consultation are up to you. You may need family consultation when dealing with an illness, or expecting a change in the family system. Mars & Venus also recommends and provides family therapy in conjunction with any of our other services, as this ensures the family system of individuals in psychotherapy are as supportive as possible. Please call our office or consult our website for further information regarding family counseling services in Teaneck, or to schedule an appointment.