Our family affects who we are and who we become, both for the better and for worse. We learn our vocabulary, our habits, our customs and rituals, and how to view and observe the world around us from our family of origin. We also learn how to love, and how to interact with others from these first important relationships. All families deal with some sort of challenge at one time or another, yet most are able to retain or regain a sense of functionality and happiness. I work with struggling families to do this – to develop or maintain healthy, functional relationships with one another. Oftentimes, I provide family therapy in addition to work with an adolescent or couple to help reinforce the therapeutic goals. Together, we collaborate to improve communication and reduce conflict, which has resulted in such benefits as increased honesty, trust, and support between family members; forgiveness; improved problem solving; deeper empathy; and reduced conflict.