Family Therapy for Behavioral Problems
My name is Derrick Javan Hoard, and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. My job is to assist you in changing your Child’s behavior by utilizing the influence of the role that you play as a parent. The most important thing you have control over is the process that you use to raise your children. The outcome is dependent upon the choices they decide to make in the future. You are not responsible for your child's eventual choices. You are responsible for providing them with a stable environment that supports the development of a well-adjusted and productive member of the larger family we call society.
Switching from Outcome to Process
I know that you love your child very much. We are all doing the best we can with what we know and our society has conditioned us to see asking for help as a failure. It is no more a failure than asking someone for directions when we have become lost. I will show you how to make sure that the systems and processes you have in place maximize the potential for behavioral change. The style of therapy I am using is based on Structural Family Therapy bolstered with experiential evidence. I use a three-session format. Most client's see a significant reduction in the severity of symptoms after two sessions. The third session is to create a relapse prevention plan and further sessions are only needed if we are working through multiple problem issues.
Three-Session Solution Format
Session 1: From diagnosing the person to diagnosing the problem: interactions and identifying attempted solutions.
During this session we will gain historical information surrounding the problem. When it began, who it most affects, and what are the situations in which the problem becomes apparent. We will also identify everything that has been tried. That way I don't give a solution you have already used. We will also set minimal goals that indicate change and I will give a homework assignment.
Session 2: Receiving specific directives to follow for a change
During this session you will provide the results of the homework assignemnt. I will analyze the results and provide you with specific things to say and specific things to do. I will also ask you to stop saying certain things and stop doing certain things. This forms the crux of the process and it is important that you follow the suggestions precisely as given.
Session 3: Tracking the change and creating a relapse prevention plan
During this session you will provide the results of the specific thing to say and the specific thing to do. There will be a change and it will indicate movement towards or movement away from our goal. If it is movement towards then we will create a plan that continues that strategy. If it is movement away we will attempt a different strategy. Continued movement away from our goal may indicate a need for an individual and family approach.