Counseling Services > Families


A family is an interconnected group. If one member of a family is experiencing problems, other family members may be impacted. Common family issues include substance abuse, adolescent acting out, depression or anxiety of one or more members of the family system, death of a family member, and inadequate parenting skills. Because the family is a relational group, it is important that the family therapist be trained in and have experience with family systems therapy.

The primary goal of family therapy is to help family members improve communication. Additional goals include solving family problems, understanding and handling special family situations, and creating a better functioning home environment. Addressing family issues in a safe and therapeutic environment helps the family increase effective communication and move forward with positive solutions to family problems.

Adolescents can be opposed to the idea of therapy, but when given the chance to see what therapy is like, they are often grateful that their parents gave them the opportunity. Counseling with adolescents involves processing emotions, discussing short and long term goals, and working with the family to make sure everyone's needs are being addressed in a healthy way.

If you are worried about your adolescent, contact either Lindy Burton at 801-581-0422 Ext. 2, or Stephanie Bank at 801-581-0422 Ext. 4. We can help with suggestions on how to present therapy to your teenager.

Our therapists who specialize in helping families:
Mark Burton, PhD
Lindy Burton, LCSW
Brigg Noyes, PhD
Angela Jette-Swanson, PhD
Stephanie Bank, LCSW