…Lord, accumulate distress upon us, but interweave our art with deep bursts of laughter.
— James Joyce
Klein-Kraepelin Group helps clients with a variety of clinical issues, not limited to relational difficulties, premarital counseling needs, marital difficulties, depression, anxiety, and ADHD. We offer Pre-marital, Marital and Couples/Relationship Therapy. Our theoretical framework for conceptualizing these relational sessions are based on our knowledge of Structural Family Therapy, Bowenian Family Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
Structural Family Therapy: is a method of psychotherapy developed by Salvador Minuchin which addresses problems in functioning within a family.
Structural Family Therapists work to improve the separation between couples, children, parents, and other family members. They also aim to strengthen subsystems. Making slight changes to the structure can improve happiness and functioning. Structural family therapists aim to be equal and collaborative in their work. They perceive families as unique and special, and they don’t try to enforce rules on them that don’t work. Instead, they aim to present viable suggestions for change.
The main goals include establishing clear boundaries and shifting the hierarchical structure. Structural family therapists work to improve the separation between couples, children, parents, and other family members. They also aim to strengthen subsystems.
Making slight changes to the structure can improve happiness and functioning. As family members learn to adapt to new boundaries, they gain more respect for one another.
Bowenian Family Therapy: is a method of psychotherapy developed by American Psychiatrist, Murray Bowen. This theory postulates that an individual is best understood within the context of his/her family relationships. It does not assign blame on either the individual or the family but attempts to change the faulty pattern in which the family members have been interacting.
Bowenian family therapy aims to balance forces of togetherness and individuality to create health and success within the family unit and for each family member. You can undergo this kind of therapy alone or with your family members.
Self-differentiation is very basic to the Bowenian theory. It is an individual’s ability to separate his/her intellectual and emotional functioning while maintaining autonomy from the emotional issues of others and is able to function on the basis of reasoned principles.
Two basic goals which govern Bowenian therapy, regardless of the nature of the clinical problem, are (1) the reduction of anxiety and relief from symptoms and (2) an increase in each member’s level of differentiation
Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT) developed by Sue Johnson is attachment based and conceptualizes the negative, rigid interaction patterns and absorbing negative affect that typify distress in couple relationships in terms of emotional disconnection and insecure attachment. Change in EFT is presumed to occur, not from insight, catharsis, or improved skills per se, but from the formulation and expression of new emotional experience that transforms the nature of the interactional drama, particularly as it pertains to attachment needs and emotions.
Better emotional functioning: EFT provides a language for healthy dependency between partners and looks at key moves and moments that define an adult love relationship. The primary goal of the model is to expand and re-organize the emotional responses of the couple.