Reunification Therapy

The Creative Therapy Center provides reunification therapy services to children and their families. Reunification therapy is not an evaluation or a process that will result in any recommendations. Reunification therapy is a process by which families can build healthy and connected relationships in the midst of difficult transitions, particularly in situations in which one parent has not had regular contact with the child(ren). The hope of reunification therapy is that it will result in the re-establishing of the parent/child relationship.

At The Creative Therapy Center we use a specific model of reunification therapy which we have found to be most effective with families that have prolonged conflicts and complicated clinical issues, which are common in families seeking reunification therapy. The Child-Centered Reunification Therapy model was developed by Nicole Baker. Both parents are required to participate in the reunification process, as both affect the outcome of the process for the child(ren).

The Creative Therapy Center uses a model of reunification therapy that requires the collaboration of two therapists; one who meets with the children, and one who meets with the parents. This team approach allows the children to have a place to discuss their family situation with a person who is not also in the role of therapist for either parent. This allows the children’s therapist to focus on their needs and feelings without being lobbied by either parent. The therapist who works with the parents is able to receive information about the children’s needs and concerns, and to use this information to help the parents best manage the difficulties that the children are facing. Sometimes, this takes the form of coaching or advising. At other times, parents have feelings or issues of their own that affect the reunification process. Filial Play Therapy is used in the reunification process with the child(ren) and parents.

Please contact Nicole at 763-274-0510 for more information.

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