Family Counseling2024-05-17T16:43:38+00:00

Are you feeling overwhelmed, out of options, and unsure how to move forward because of a difficult issue happening in your family?

family sitting together in field on sunny dayDo you feel alone, scared, and unsure where to turn – like no one understands your particular situation?

Perhaps you and your family seem to get stuck in unhelpful patterns of communication and have lost your sense of family connection, but are unsure how to get back to the way things used to be.

Has the arguing has gotten worse, and it seems like you cannot get on the same page?  Does it seem like you’ve forgotten how to talk to each other, let alone treat each other nicely?

Perhaps you are struggling to navigate a blended family and feel torn between your biological children, your partner and his/her children?  Maybe this has turned out to be more complex than you thought it would be.  Are you wanting you and your partner to work better as a team?  Maybe you wish your respective children could get along better.

Have you found that recent transitions/stressors (e.g., a recent move, medical diagnosis, a teen graduating from high school, loss of a job, birth of a baby) seem to be piling up, and it’s getting harder to manage everyday life?

Does someone in your family struggle with an addiction, and you are unsure how to help this person, and how to support your family?  Perhaps you are realizing that the impact of addiction extends beyond the individual and you see the effect it is having on your family.

baby looking up at parentMaybe you and your partner have recently had a baby.  Do you find yourself struggling with the transition from being a couple to being a ‘threesome’?  Maybe you feel alone in this and don’t know how to ask for help, or maybe you and your partner feel out of options as to how to ease this transition.   Maybe one or both of you are feeling overwhelmed by the added responsibilities and are not sure what to do.

Has your family experienced a recent death, and despite loved ones good intentions/support, your family continues to struggle with the grief/loss?  Perhaps it you feel alone or a burden, find each family member grieving differently, and are unsure how to navigate this together as a family?

Has someone in your family experienced trauma/abuse and you feel so overwhelmed in how to help?  Perhaps you are the person who has endured some kind of abuse and you are not sure how to manage, deal with, heal from, and move forward from this abuse?

Are you and your partner trying to navigate a separation or divorce?  Are you finding it more stressful than you imagined and wish you could find a way of moving through this transition that involved less arguing and less pain?  Maybe you are finding it difficult to remain neutral when co-parenting with your ex-partner and are worried that it is affecting your children negatively?

These and many other issues are part of the landscape of raising a family, and it can be difficult to understand how to navigate these seasons in your life.  It can be painful, overwhelming, scary, and lonely.  However, things can get better!  If you are feeling overwhelmed and out of options, I can help you.  Family therapy can be a form of support that is tailored to your situation to meet your needs in navigating these difficulties.

It can be hard to ask for help, and you might feel alone in your situation, like nobody else will understand, or judged by your family and friends.  The truth is, all families struggle throughout their journey together through life and families go through what you are going through.  You aren’t alone in this, I have worked with families who have struggled with these same issues, and I can support you in identifying a way of managing your situation that is tailored to your family and your unique situation.

You may have some reservations about pursuing family therapy.  Maybe you went to family therapy in the past and all you did was argue.  You can do that at home!  When I am working with a family in counseling, I strive to create an environment that feels safe.  I want family members to feel safe/open in share their feelings and their inner world in a respectful way, with the trust that other family members will receive what they are saying with acceptance and the intention to understand.  Once this occurs, that all family members feel heard and validated, often families are able to move toward solutions, healing, and deeper understanding.

Maybe not everyone in your family is open to coming to therapy, and you wonder whether family therapy will still be useful.  It is not uncommon that someone is unwilling or unable to come to family counseling.  Sometimes, it can still be helpful to meet with a family counselor and identify ways to create change in the absence of the participation of this person.  What could happen is that over time, this person may become more curious about what happens in family therapy and/or more open to being a part of family counseling.

Not convinced that family therapy can be as helpful as individual therapy.  This, of course, depends on many different factors.  And, the people who are involved in family counseling will depend on the topics/issues you wish to work through.  Family therapy can be useful when you are hoping to change patterns in your family – communication, connection, routines/rituals, relationship dynamics; or when you are hoping to work through a difficult circumstance, that has affected more than one person in the family, together in a healthy way – the death of a loved one, blending families, recent stressors/transitions (to name a few).  Ultimately, you can talk with me ahead of time about your situation and your family, and I can tell you what I would recommend, given your situation.


As I have alluded to above, family counseling can look different for different families and different situations.  Here is a broad overview of what family counseling could look like with me:

We will discuss ahead of time who would be most appropriate to attend the first session.  I sometimes suggest having parents come in first and sometimes will encourage everyone to come.  In the first session, I will want to understand more deeply what is bringing you to family counseling, what each person’s perspective on the issue is, and what your see as your strengths as a family and as individuals.  I will also want to get a sense of your goals for family therapy – how will we know we are done with family therapy?

After this first session, who attends subsequent sessions will depend on your goals for family therapy, and what are hopes are for that particular session.  My overarching approach to working with families involves supporting you in expressing yourself, supporting family members in hearing and validating one another, and supporting healthy repair/healing and problem-solving.  I often use a variety of experiential approaches that encourage family members to try new ways of interacting with each other in session, such as new ways of talking to each other, use of play/art, and sometimes getting up and moving around!  We will continually reviewing progress toward your goals for therapy and as progress is made, we will likely begin meeting less often and then determine the most appropriate time to have our last session.  After this, some families will call me as needed, some will re-engage in a counseling period if something else comes up, and some may not see the need to contact me for further counseling in the future.  These options are totally up to your preference and your unique situation.

“I had the pleasure of working with Aleisha for several years as her clinical supervisor. Aleisha has always been dedicated to high quality clinical work with children, families and couples. Her warm, compassionate and knowledgeable approach creates positive results in the lives she touches. Aleisha approaches every situation as unique and helps people discover a path toward the life they desire. I would highly recommend Aleisha as a therapist for people seeking more balance and joy in their relationships and lives.” – Lisa W., MA, LPC, LAC

Of the many family therapists that practice in the Denver Metro area, you might be asking yourself what makes me unique.  I have been given feedback by others that I have supported families in experiencing each other in new ways, have created an environment that feels safe, and have supported the healing, empowerment, and change that comes with any difficult season in a family’s life.

If any of this information intrigued you, I invite you to give me a call.  I am here to support you and your family!  Please call me at 303-727-0291 or contact me here for a free 15-min consultation.

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