In the context of high conflict separation or divorce and for any number of reasons a child can lose contact with a parent, or otherwise experience a rupture or strain in the relationship with parent. Sometimes the loss can seem senseless to one parent, and to another can be seen as a response to real harm or neglect. In addition, many parents attempt to use the litigation process to resolve the ordeal associated with the loss of a parent-child relationship, either to restore the relationship that was lost or to protect a child believed to be at risk.
Family Reconciliation is an important service, to not only to help restore “healthy” parent-child relationships while managing “risk”, but to set a foundation to support the ongoing relationship and minimize the potential for future disruption.
Family Reconciliation is an alternative way to address this issue outside of litigation in a more effective way. It does this through bridging the benefits of court direction/oversight and psychotherapeutic support in a way that neither could do as well alone.
NW Family Psychology has several skilled providers in SW Washington and the Portland, Oregon area who provide this service, and do so through working with the entire family system.
Family Reconciliation is a “full family” therapeutic approach to address parent-child relationship breakdown. To address the problem at this level each member of the family can make a contribution to meeting the objectives of restoring and protecting (healthy relationships). In some cases, other family (grandparents, cousins, step-parents, siblings) may be asked to participate.
Family Reconciliation is a multimodal therapeutic approach to address the reasons behind parent-child relationships problems.
This includes a tailored therapeutic approach working with any combination of family members, psychoeducation about high conflict dynamics, experiential approaches to rebuild relationships, and individual work to address the risk and maintenance factors to ruptured relationships.
Due to the difficulties involved in intervening effectively this therapy is court ordered. Therapy cannot begin without the proper order in place to support the process.
The objective of the family intervention is to support your family to overcome the ordeal that keeps you “stuck.”
If your family would benefit from this service please give us a call for information on what is needed to start.
Michael Altig, MA, LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health counselor in the state of Washington (LH 6087). He has a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from Chapman University. Michael has been providing child and family therapy services to the people of Vancouver, Clark County, and the Portland area since 1996.
Landon Poppleton, PhD, JD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Oregon (1999) and Washington (PY 60041144). Since 2001 he has worked with adults, families, and children in divorce and separation. He is trained in the “scientist-practitioner model,” where his assessment and clinical practice is informed by social science research. In his practice he provides empirically based psychological assessment, bilateral custody evaluations, mediation, parenting coordination, and reunification counseling.