Family Systems

Family systems theory is a therapeutic philosophy based on the belief that people cannot be understood in isolation from one another, but rather as a part of their family. Family systems theory looks at each family as unique and evolving. A family systems approach to therapy always considers the entire family. If any member of the family has a problem, it is viewed as a symptom of as issue in the family group. Family systems therapy helps families to identify the ways their own family functions and to focus on and develop their strengths as a whole.

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River Grow (she/her)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

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Kimberly Noall, MS, MFT (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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Hannah Green (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

Even if you come to therapy as an individual, I will always have family systems in mind. We are all shaped by the people we grow up with- their identities, choices, values, and the roles we play in the family.

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Rebel Heart Therapy

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Alana R. Ogilvie (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT, CST

As a marriage and family therapist my primary training and expertise is in family systems and working with relationship dynamics.

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Tehya Rice (they/them)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

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Carol Walnum, Certified Jungian Analyst, MA (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, Certified Jungian Analyst

No human is an island wrote poet John Donne. Family systems use that concept, knowing we are all affected by the patterns and cultures of our family of origin. Often my clients discover family ways of being that no longer serve them and their current life. We work to explore this discovery and how to change without guilt and shame. We work to handle current, difficult family of origin issues.

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Terri Mishler, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Understanding the individual is part of a system in their families, relationships, social networks and workplace enables them to understand the changes they need to make, and how to make those changes in the context of the systems they experience.

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Carl Jensen

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC

I have several years experience working with families. Although I don't see families today, I can work with individuals experiencing problems with their family dynamics. I have training in Structural family therapy.

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David Hanna

Licensed Professional Counselor

We all have a family and that family can be the source of great joy... and great frustration. Understanding how to build successful family relationships is a struggle for most of us. My training is specifically in family systems counseling from Bastyr University and my ongoing training and professional growth is always related to better understanding family systems.

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Erin Berk, LPC (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA,ATR,LPC

Each person in a family impacts each other. Family Therapy is not only for people with small children. I specialize in helping adult members of families to improve their communication and resolve conflicts. The goal is to teach family members skills to work through their long standing dysfunctional patterns, to deepen their family connections.

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Mitch Bacon, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Family shapes who you become. Each generation influences the next. Family Systems Therapy offers an opportunity to rediscover the healing benefits of being in healthy contact with the people we love. I provide a safe space for mindfully interacting person to person, creating the structure for new growth to occur. I am adept at bringing a family together through humor, creativity, and openness

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Rachel Kendall (she/ her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, R-6458

The premise of the family system is that it is the origin of where our world view forms and also how inherently 'safe' we feel. We also form attachments early on that can influence the type of relationships we have later on in life. Based on the values a family wants to have, I can help them re-establish connection, beginning with understanding their family/ system of origin.

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Kelly Sullivan (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

L4631

People that surrounded us during our childhood and youth influence our perceptions and relationships as do our early romantic relationships. I think of the current challenges a person faces within a framework of their past in order to help them consider different ways to be in the present.

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Sasha Rosenfels, MA, LMFT (She/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

We will utilize Family Systems approach in order to identify patterns of interactions and work to implement new, more helpful ways of communicating and interacting.

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Jenna Washburn (she / her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA: Mental Health Counseling - Specialization in Addictions

Family Systems is all about recognizing how a person impacts and is impacted by the systems within which they interact - starting with their family of origin and extending into larger societal systems.

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Brittany Boney, LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Family Systems forms the foundation of my therapeutic approach. Family Systems is relevant even if you are attending therapy as an individual, because it means I am considering how your systems have impacted your development.

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Lindsay Bong, M.A. (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

We often have long standing patterns in our ways of relating to others. By looking at the roles we have assumed in our lives and the roles of those around us, we can better understand ourselves and our relationships.

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Brandt Hueser

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Working in home-based mental health for over 10 years has provided me the training and experience to help families resolve conflict. I believe the stories that families and individuals carry with them serve as a blueprint for decision making and patterns throughout life. Changing these patterns is an important part in reaching family and individual goals.

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Polly Harrison (she/her)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

None of us exists in a vacuum. We're embedded in systems large and small, and each of us in a family system. Often within these are our most precious and painful relationships- people who know how to push our buttons, patterns we can't seem to break. Family systems examines the push and pull of all members, acknowledging that every action is a reaction and that with awareness choice is possible.

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Richard Marshall

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

M.A., LMFT

Since I began practicing, I have used my graduate level training in family systems theory in order to help individuals and families identify and interrupt unhelpful recurring patterns of behavior and bring about lasting, positive systemic change. Additionally, family systems-informed therapy can help clients heal from damaging inter-generational trauma.

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Kelley O'Gorman (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MFT

When we look into your family system we are given the information that created your world view. You learned to be you - from your family of origin. This helps us find where the glitches may have been & then we can work on healing.

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Zachary Newman, LPC, LMFT

Licensed Professional Counselor

M.A., LPC, LMFT

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Tracy Bryce Farmer, LCSW, PC (she/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, CADC

Everyone starts from the same reality: we are impacted by our original family systems. These original relationships play out again and again in our current lives. If we don't like aspects of our original family system, we can study them and the patterns they have created. I will empower you to make changes in your relational and professional functioning that will improve your daily life.

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Anchor Within Counseling

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

MSW, LCSW

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Judy Marantz-Herzberg (she/her)

Social Worker

LCSW and LSSW (Licensed School Social Worker)

Even when we grow independent, we never really leave behind the shaping influences of family. I help clients consider these influences, and their effects on adult life and relationships. When working with adolescents, I aim to increase connections and communication with family members, often involving them in counseling sessions.

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Kathleen Thompson (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CRC

For over 100 years the field of Psychology has made the patient/client feel like they were the problem. What would it mean if you realized that the role you took on as a child is still impacting you today. Many people do not realize that when it comes to family dynamics we actually had few choices in how to act or be. By examining your family system we can discover the authentic you.

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Heather Sherman

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

This was also a focus in my training as a social worker; understanding the family is crucial to understanding the individual.

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Kathy Hardie-Williams M.Ed MS NCC LPC LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

M.Ed MS NCC LPC LMFT

The way we are perceived by our family members is the mirror in which we see ourselves. Individuals cannot be understood in isolation from one another, but rather as a part of their family, as the family is an emotional unit. Families are systems of interconnected and interdependent individuals, none of whom can be understood in isolation from the system. I believe that is the the dynamic in our family of origin and early attachment that lays the foundation for navigating our relationships.

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Courtney Burns

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I believe that when working with a child one must also work with the family in order for actual change to occur. I have experience partnering with families in a variety of settings to facilitate change within the family system.

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Danielle Thompson

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

My background from school, and working has been in Family Systems. I deal with improving family functioning.

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Restore Therapy + Psychiatry

Ruth has primarily worked with children and families in clinical social work practice in Children's Hospitals across the country for five years. She understands that defining the unique role family systems play gets us closer to understanding how the individual can take control of their behavior within the family system.

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Chad Ernest, MS, LPC (He/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

I utilize a Family Systems approach in working with families. I take this a step further and help families to look at the environments around them as well as the supports in these environments. Working to help families see how their survival in a system impacts how they raise their children and how the choices they make can change the way they live for the better.

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Leslie Yeargers

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

Families take on a life and dynamic of their own. Sometimes a family can be deeply impacted by outside stressors or when a member is struggling. Through deep listening, I help you sort out what's going on in your family and assist in helping you develop resilience and deeper connection.

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Liz La Torella (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

As an LMFT, my framework for family therapy is rooted in Family Systems Theory. My entire graduate coursework was taught from this lens. I approach presenting problems by examining the systems that the individual is a part of. I don't believe that change happens in isolation but that in family work there is a shared responsibility for all participants active in therapy to be part of the solution.

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Heather Vliet (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

None of us stand alone -- we are formed and shaped by the interactions we have within our families. To understand the struggles of the individual, it is important to understand and often include important family relationships. My work with families honors all the different ways that people come together to care and nurture one another!

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Christine Bethel (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

No man is an island unto himself. Each person I work with is impacted by the various systems and relationships in their lives. This broad perspective allows me deeper understanding and insight into the challenges and solutions each client brings with them.

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