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family counseling services |Naples, FL|online

Whether or not we like to admit it, we are all impacted by the environments we grew up in.

  • Is there tension in your family that you don’t know how to resolve?
  • Do you find yourself repeating patterns from your family even when you try not to?
  • Are you looking for a way to break generational cycles and create healthier dynamics?
  • Are you estranged from a family member and wondering if things should change?

Even if you have a strong relationship with your parents, no family resolves every issue perfectly. It’s natural to walk away with scars and confusion as generations shift. As families grow and change, members may seek clarity or healing regarding past dynamics or family history.

Family counseling services guide the family system to grow and adjust to support its members. I support adult family members (e.g. adult child and mother or father) as well as adult individuals related to family of origin issues (e.g. individual family therapy).

Often, family counseling is the most transformative version of “couples therapy” we can do for our own healing and mental health journey.


It’s impossible not to be impacted by the family you grew up with in one way or another. Your environment when you were developing lays the foundation for how you see and interact with the world as an adult.

To make matters more complex, change in families is constant. As individuals in the family change, the system needs to constantly readjust to support each of its members, who have different needs at different stages. It’s near impossible to get it right 100% of the time.

Whether your family is overcoming a transition, trying to resolve a big conflict, or you want to learn more about yourself, being open to new patterns and communicating differently are huge factors in overcoming family challenges.

Freedom comes when you uncover the lessons you learned in childhood and stop responding to your present as if you were still living in your original family system.

In family therapy counseling, I’ll help you look at family patterns that have transcended through generations and those that are alive today. Even the patterns that are so deeply engrained they are hard to recognize can loosen their grip once you start to understand them more clearly.

From this place of understanding, we can invite new, more functional patterns into your life. Family therapy counseling also creates understanding and healing between family members.

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In family therapy counseling, I help members of families navigate life transitions, family secrets, conflict, and crisis events (infidelity, grief, illness).

Through family and individual therapy, I also support individuals in working to understand how their family system shaped who they are and how they can break maladaptive patterns.

You’ll be guided through that process and challenged to see how family patterns are being created and maintained, and how to create new and healthy patterns that serve your family.

I use family therapy methods rooted in emotion-focused therapy and attachment theory.

We’ll create a customized treatment plan based on your specific goals of therapy. In general, family therapy techniques involve:

  • We’ll get clear on your individual goals for family systems therapy
  • Increase awareness of patterns between or absorbed from family of origin
  • Reframe family distress
  • Improve communication between family members (where appropriate)
  • Create new patterns to move forward with a healthier dynamic

As we move through the family therapy methods, we will continue to assess whether therapy is meeting your goals and adjust the family therapy techniques as needed.


If you are looking to heal a relationship with a family member, it is beneficial if you both can attend sessions to participate in interactive family therapy techniques. For example, we frequently work with adult parent/chid dyads who have unresolved issues and pain from the past.

Using similar family therapy methods, we support individuals in this work on their own, as well. This guides them to be able to see how learned patterns of behavior while they were part of their family system that they carried with them into adulthood.

With this insight, individuals can understand themselves much more deeply and consciously create new, effective ways of being.

Family dynamics are extremely complex, and hard to untangle when you are an active member inside the system. When we try to figure everything out on our own, we oftentimes get stuck.

Just like we would not try to manage physical health all on our own, we aren’t meant to be able to navigate the complexity of the human mind without the guidance of trusted mental health professionals.

When you are experiencing family dynamics that significantly impact your functioning in life, therapy will not only teach you about the steps to heal and move forward, but how to implement the skills in your real life, and support you through setbacks you experience along the way.

Anyone who has had any close relationship in their life can attest to the fact that the health of our relationships bleed out everywhere in our life- our ability to focus at work, our own mental health, stress, physical health, quality of parenting, and our overall satisfaction with life.

Please refer to my Rates & FAQ page for up-to-date information on my current rates.

Yes, it does. Empirical research shows that generally, clinical therapeutic techniques are as impactive when administered in a virtual format as when they occur in a face-to-face format.

Many of my clients enjoy extra benefits to online work, including:

  • More privacy
  • Convenience and lower time commitment
  • Communication patterns learned may translate more easily outside therapy

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For best results using the family therapy methods in my framework, attend therapy from the same location as your family members, if possible.


Here is what you can expect from the intake process for family counseling services:

  • Fill out the form below to contact me and set up an intro call to answer your questions
  • If we’re a good fit, I’ll onboard you and we will schedule our first session
  • You’ll log in to my online platform, create a profile, and complete intake paperwork
  • The day of session, you will log into the system a few minutes before the designated start time, and we will begin

Sue Johnson, Love Sense

If you struggle with understanding and relating to your family members and live in Florida, our family counseling services can guide you in finding understanding, healing, and connection. Contact me to get started.