At Lifeskills, we understand that when a loved one is suffering from an addiction or a mental illness, family members can find themselves at a loss for direction. It’s not uncommon for families to feel overwhelmed with making decisions. Finding the right kind of help for their loved one can also be stressful. Family members arrive at our program seeking guidance, hope, and peace.

Our Therapeutic Approach

As influenced by Bowenian Family Therapy, we view the family as a system. In this system, every member has a cause and effect on the other. When mental illness or addiction is present, it can disrupt the cohesion in the family system. It can also devastate the lives of individual members, often creating unhealthy family dynamics.

Some family members take on the responsibility of keeping their loved one healthy at the expense of their own well-being. Others may experience guilt, shame, or fear which can lead to depression and anxiety. It can be difficult for families to break unhealthy patterns even after the family member with the behavioral health disorder moves into recovery.

At Lifeskills, all of our family therapists are licensed clinicians with vast experience and specialties. This experience includes addiction and chronic relapse, trauma and grief, co-occurring disorders and chronic illnesses, and marriage and family issues. Our therapeutic approaches are varied and tailored to each family system.

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Through our Family Support Program (STEER), we guide family members in the process of treatment and provide them with Support, Training, Empowerment, Education and ultimately lead them to Recovery. Upon admission, therapists begin working with the family and provide regularly scheduled sessions to help them work through past hurts and resentments as well as new dynamics and challenges.

We use interventions and concepts to educate families that include a comprehensive family assessment, the completion of a family diagram also known as a “Genogram,” assistance in recognizing triangles and anxiety within their system, training on effective communication skills, and when necessary, implementing therapeutic communication guidelines. Our family support program model is set up to couple with recommended ancillary supports to provide a comprehensive recovery program for families.

Family Support Program model

Family Support Program Breakdown

  • Weekly family support program session initially with only the family to help them process feelings, develop healthy boundaries and provide education. The therapist will begin to work into therapy with the client as appropriate.
  • A weekly telephonic family support group that is part psychoeducational and part open discussion. Various members of the clinical and administrative team attend as guest speakers on topics of their area of specialty or interest.
  • A therapeutic family weekend program with your loved one which includes family processing exercises and a full day of workshops on topics such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, trauma Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Dynamics, and a presentation by our Medical Director on mental illness and addiction.
  • As needed family restructuring on site to provide in the moment interventions to overcome barriers for the family and or client. Families attend group sessions, meet with the treatment team and participate in intensive family therapy sessions.
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Healing Starts at Lifeskills South Florida

In addition to our family support program, Lifeskills South Florida offers an array of mental health treatment services to help people struggling with mental health disorders and substance use disorders. Some of the conditions we treat include: Logo
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