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Families experience difficulties for a variety of reasons.  Transitions such a moving, adding new family members, children getting older or caring for an aging parent can stress the family bonds and diminish vital communication.  IDEALS for Families and Communities provides family counseling using the Relationship Enhancement® (RE) model, which teaches skills that allow family members to understand one another, communicate more effectively, and solve problems.  RE Family Therapy tends to be  a small number of sessions. Family members are guided by the therapist to use skills as they need them, so serious issues may be resolved quickly and thoroughly.

IDEALS for Families and Communities also provides counseling for step-families.  RE family therapy for step-families usually begins with couple work, then expands to include children (and sometimes former spouses or extended family). Because each step-family situation is unique, plans for resolving each family’s issues are made individually.