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Is Your Family Going Through A Season Of Disconnection?

Have you and your loved ones been feeling frustrated, angry, and overwhelmed?

Does it seem like you just don’t see, hear, or understand each other?

Are all your interactions colored by resentment and misunderstanding?

​Maybe you’re a parent who’s struggling to get along with your children. Now that they’re older, perhaps differences have emerged between you and them and you no longer see eye to eye on important issues. Maybe they’re dealing with problems in school, avoiding responsibilities, or engaging in unhealthy habits, but they won’t listen to you if you offer advice or correction.​

On the other hand, perhaps you’re an adult child who’s realized that your values aren’t the same as your parents’ values, and it’s leading to tension within the family unit. Or maybe you’re in a blended family and you’re finding that merging your ways of life together is harder than you imagined. No matter what the source of your family conflict is, you’re probably wondering if it’s time for your family to come together and seek therapy.

Perhaps Family Conflict Has You Living In Damage Control Mode

When day-to-day struggles begin to permeate the family system, they can create ongoing tension, frustration, and dissatisfaction.

 

You and your family might feel like you’re walking on eggshells with each other—the littlest things blow up and lead to shouting matches. Maybe you are struggling to adjust to major life transitions, such as divorce, blending families together, or kids going off to college. Some days, it may feel like your main priority is simply doing damage control.

 

If this is how you feel, we encourage you to connect with us. At Elevation Behavioral Therapy, our mission is to help you and your loved ones address your familial challenges skillfully, calmly, and effectively. As long as your children are 13 and up, you are welcome to pursue our family counseling services so that you can create more cohesion within your family unit.

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Even The Closest Families Experience Strained Relationships

Family life is messy by default. Every family member has different stressors, traumas, expectations, and desires, so every family will at some point experience relational strain. Sometimes family dysfunction has its roots in mental health diagnoses or substance abuse issues, as these individual problems can ripple outward and have adverse effects on the whole family. Other times, families clash because of generational differences between parents and children.

In our highly individualistic, success-crazed culture, many families deal with unrealistic expectations regarding financial, scholastic, and relational pressures. Kids often face intense pressure to get into good schools, make lots of money, and find the right partner. These issues can be challenging for families to navigate, as adult children are often afraid of letting their parents down. Having an unbiased third party can help families reevaluate their goals and expectations.

Most Families Are Too Immersed In Their Challenges To Solve Them Alone

Oftentimes, families try to work through conflict on their own. While this is admirable, it’s not always realistic. After all, many families are simply too close to the problem and too entrenched in their patterns to find a solution. They usually end up trying to fix problems by relying on the same skills they’ve always known instead of trying new things. What they need is an unbiased, experienced, kind-hearted, and professional third party who can provide a fresh perspective and help them create new relational patterns. 

At Elevation Behavioral Therapy, our therapists aim to fulfill that role in your life. We have years of experience working with families and would love to partner with you and your loved ones on this journey of healing and restoration.

Therapy Can Help You And Your Family Live Together In Harmony

We pride ourselves on our ability to develop direct, meaningful relationships with our family clients. We excel at joining with families, meeting them where they are on their journey, and creating a nonjudgmental space for all.

 

With our help and support, we are confident that you will feel valued, empowered, and capable of creating the meaningful changes you are looking for within your family. Most importantly, we can help you develop the tools to have the conversations that truly matter. 

In our model of family therapy, we seek to treat the whole family system. We believe that no one person is the “identified patient” or “problem,” since everyone contributes to the family dynamic. Our mission is to give all the family members present a space to freely voice their concerns and experience compassion and understanding.

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What To Expect In Family Counseling Sessions

How we structure family therapy sessions largely depends on how many members are involved. Any constellation of family members is welcome—we only ask that any kids involved be 13-and-up so that we can address issues on an in-depth level. Our practice also welcomes separated and divorced couples in family therapy, and we don’t require that separated or divorced partners be present in the same room for sessions. We only ask that they have some coordination of care so that they can engage in therapy peacefully and constructively.

In the beginning, we’ll generally have a session with the whole family system so that we can understand the main challenges. Then we’ll have an individual session with each of you separately so that we can get to know you on a personal level. These one-on-one sessions are especially helpful for those who may feel like the family target, ensuring that every member is seen, heard, and respected. Once the individual sessions are done, we’ll resume meeting as a collective for the remainder of therapy.

Have any questions? Send us a message!

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Tailoring Our Approach To Family Therapy

Our practice draws from a range of approaches to help families strengthen their relationships. We lean heavily on Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy, which operates on the idea that each person is made up of a family of “parts,” and that understanding these parts allows families to live as a more cohesive unit. We also utilize Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help your family improve your interpersonal skills, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to challenge the negative thought patterns that contribute to familial distress. 

From time to time, our therapists may even bring in art, music, and experiential techniques like role play if your family feels that would be beneficial. Ultimately, we are here for you and your needs and will tailor therapy to the goals of the whole family. We want you and your loved ones to overcome your challenges and develop stronger, more connected bonds with each other.

You May Have Some Questions And Concerns About Family Therapy…

  • Do you accept my insurance?
    In order to provide the highest quality therapy, our practice is not directly in-network with insurance, however, we work with a company called Mentaya Health, that will submit clients out-of-network claims for them. When you are eligible for reimbursement for sessions, you will directly receive a check in the mail from your insurance provider. We are also happy to provide you with a superbill, which you may submit to your insurance company directly for reimbursement. A superbill serves as a “receipt” of therapy sessions, and is very commonly accepted. We can answer any questions you may have in regards to Mentaya Health, or superbills.
  • I’m confused about my insurance coverage. Can you help answer my questions?
    We are happy to answer any questions about Mentaya submitting claims. You can also use our Mentaya Health widget above to verify your out-of-network therapy benefits within seconds. Since each client’s health insurance coverage is different based on your individual plan, it is easiest for clients to directly reach out to their insurance provider with questions regarding coverage. We find most phone calls for this take less than 10 minutes. Many insurance companies also offer the option to live chat with a representative, if you prefer not to call.
  • Can I use my FSA or HSA card to pay for therapy?
    Absolutely! You’re able to use either an FSA or HSA card to pay for therapy services.
  • Do you offer an initial free consultation?
    Yes! Elevation offers a free 20 minute initial consultation. Click here to schedule
  • Do you offer online scheduling?
    Our practice offers online scheduling for all new and current clients. This means you can book, cancel or reschedule appointments all through our website. Click here to schedule an appointment or free initial consultation.
  • Do you have evening appointments?
    Absolutely. We offer evening & night appointments, as well as daytime appointments, to accommodate clients varying scheduling needs.
  • How often can I meet with my therapist, and are longer session lengths available?
    Our practice is very flexible in how often you are able to meet with your therapist. We can accommodate clients having sessions multiple times a week, once a week, every other week, etc. The traditional session length of time is 50 minutes, however, we also offer sessions for 75 minutes, or longer. Longer sessions are very beneficial when doing EMDR and ERP therapy, as well as for clients who feel 50 minutes is not enough time to meet.
  • Where are therapy sessions offered?
    We offer therapy sessions in person at our Cherry Creek, Denver office, via teletherapy (video) and ERP for OCD is also offered in your home or the community. Whenever weather permits, we also offer walk and talk therapy, where your therapist can meet you at a local park or somewhere outdoors, and you can do your session while walking.
  • What is the cost of therapy? How does this compare to the cost of therapy in Denver?
    Our therapy sessions are $155-200 per 50 minute session, based on the individual therapist. Private practice therapy in Denver with licensed therapists costs $140-$275 per session. All of our therapists are very experienced and considered specialists in their designated areas of practice.
  • What is your cancellation and no show policy?
    There is no charge for therapy appointments canceled with more than 24 hours notice. Appointments that are canceled with less than 24 hours or no showed will be charged the normal session rate of $155-200, based on your individual therapist’s rate.

You And Your Family Deserve A Space Where You Can All Feel Heard

Our practice is committed to providing that space and fostering an environment where collaboration and compassion are paramount. To connect with one of our licensed family counselors, we welcome you to schedule a free phone consultation or first appointment using our online booking link.​ You can also email us at support@elevationbehavioraltherapy.com or call or text us at (720) 295-6566 to connect further.

A brighter, more harmonious future awaits you and your loved ones. 

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