Therapy for Adult Families

I meet with adult families in any arrangement: adult siblings dealing with moving a parent into assisted living, senior mom with an adult child wanting to sort out unresolved issues from years ago, or long-divorced senior parents and adult child(ren) discussing a life transition.

Having parents who are close to end of life, or in a transition to a different kind of care or living situation, can be complicated for adult children. Sometimes adult siblings need help with feelings of guilt, frustration and grief when their parents are moving through life transitions. Senior parents might also make use of family therapy in order to have a chance to make amends for relationship conflicts with their adult kids.

I am active, straightforward and curious with adult families. Everyone gets a chance to tell their side of the story, and we also move at the pace of trust. Each family member needs plenty of time to process or digest their own experience within the family, and each family member wants and needs to be heard.

“For some women, caretaking is purpose, it’s a career, it’s life; that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about how much of it women get saddled with without choosing it consciously. Most of us talk about being cared for at home in our final days, but if there isn’t a woman around to make sure it happens, who will do it?

- Louann Brizendine, MD, The Upgrade, 2022