St. Louis Center for Family Development provides outpatient therapy for adults, couples, families, adolescents and children.
Your therapist works in partnership with you from the first meeting, where she or he gets to know you, what is important to you, and what you want to be different about your life. We listen to your values and goals for therapy.
The Foundation of Our Therapy
We base all of our therapy on some assumptions that make our approach unique. We believe that each person is doing the best that she or he can at that moment, while at the same time, wanting to improve. People do not always cause their own problems but their own hard work will be the necessary factor to solve them.
The Heart of What We Do
Much of our work revolves around emotion regulation. When emotions are positive, we tend to function well. We get thrown off track, however, when problematic emotions influence us to make choices we eventually regret – choices that are misaligned with our values. Sometimes emotions become overwhelming or interfere with everyday life. In therapy you learn the role emotions play, how they work and skills to manage your emotions more effectively.
People tend to improve as a result of therapy in three ways:
- Therapy eases or resolves the problems that you focus on.
- It improves your ability to relate well to others, be productive at work, and cope with everyday stress.
- It enhances your personal growth. People who engage in therapy find they have more confidence and self-esteem, a clearer understanding of themselves, and enjoy life more.
The length of time that people stay in therapy depends upon goals and the issues they want to address. Most empirically-supported therapies work fairly quickly. With some treatments it can be a matter of months and with others you can expect to spend a year working intensively with your therapist.
For more information click on the sidebar links to learn more about some the mental health issues we treat. If you do not see what you are looking for, please call or contact us for more information.