SUFFOLK FAMILY THERAPY
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PC
Sometimes painful life events can damage your ability to have healthy relationships, and a fulfilling life. You don’t have to be crippled by anxiety, anger, fear, shame, and intrusive negative thoughts. These symptoms can destroy relationships and isolate you, limiting your ability to feel safe and calm in any environment. Our goal is to help you move past these events, reclaim your life, and feel happy again.
Here at Suffolk Family Therapy, we help frustrated parents regain confidence in parenting and build a better understanding of their children and themselves.
Young adults often feel like they are thrown into the world. From one moment to the next they go from having life taken care of for them to endless paths, decisions and choices.
Children & Teens
Just like you, children and teens experience a range of emotions: joy, frustration, anger, grief, sadness, insecurity and more. The environment surrounding the child has an impact on these emotions.
Trauma can take many forms whether it be: witnessing/experiencing domestic violence,
sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, community violence or tragic loss of a
loved one- to name a few.
EMDR Therapy is a progressive psychotherapy tool used to enable people to heal from past trauma.
Does Any Of This Sound Familiar?
Our mission at Suffolk Family Therapy LCSW P.C. is to provide exceptional care for children, adolescents, adults, and families with mental health and behavioral concerns. We treat children, adolescents, adults, and families struggling with a range of issues including: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, ADHD, social issues and family challenges.
Sometimes we convince ourselves that taking time to recharge is a luxury we can’t afford. However that is not true. Whether we can proactively allot an hour a day for ourselves or we have an unplanned ten minute gap between two meetings, we have time to take for ourselves.
deep meditations in a forest somewhere. These are both wonderful practices but may not resonate with everyone. Mindfulness is the practice of doing one thing, with your full attention, at a time. When we allow ourselves to focus solely on one thing and permit ourselves to be in the present moment, we give ourselves the opportunity to be fully engaged in the here and now moment rather than having one foot in the present and the other in whatever our mind is thinking about. This can sound challenging at first but with effort, we can give ourselves the tools to enhance our concentration, decrease our stress and fully attune to what is going on around us.
We all give and receive love differently. This makes connecting with a partner, friend or family member with a different love language challenging if we do not realize what our different love languages are. In 1992, Gary Chapman wrote The Five Love Languages: How To Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, where he outlines each form that we can give or receive love and affection from meaningful people in our lives. You can have more than one love language and most likely identify with each, however we all express love primarily through one of the five languages of love below. By understanding our love language and that of those around us, we can begin to develop a map of how to enhance or maintain our connection to important people in our lives.
A traumatic event is an occurrence that overwhelms our stress response system. When we endure trauma from someone close to us we can develop a trauma bond, especially when we experience trauma repeatedly by an attachment figure. A trauma bond occurs when the abused develops sympathy or affection towards their abuser. This can happen over any time period and rarely, if ever, develops into a healthy relationship. A trauma bond can cause the abused to experience guilt, confusion and self-judgment when analyzing their feelings towards their abuser, however this type of bond, while unhealthy, can originate from a protective place in the abused person.