Providing health and healing for relationships
in the Greater Boston area
Therapists at South Shore Family have years of experience providing quality couple and family therapy to relationships in need of hope and comfort. Meet our team:
Therapists at South Shore Family provide individual and group supervision for therapists seeking licensure and wanting to learn more about couples and family therapy:
Forms of Therapy
Our therapists will provide assistance through couples, family, and individual therapy, with goals of reducing anxiety, improving self-worth, and increasing effective communication.
Is your relationship in crisis? We offer weekend-long intensive therapy, packaging three 90-minute sessions together, for couples looking to get their relationship back on track.
South Shore Family offers a number of group meetings around common interests and issues, with goals of improving trust and developing positive relationships.
Schedule an Appointment
You can schedule an appointment by clicking Book Now at the top of the page, when you visit our therapists' bio pages, or by clicking on the following link:
Entitlement is a very subtle thing if not noticed or challenged in everyday situations. It also relates, I think, to systems problems in the medical and mental health model.
Problems of mental health and medical health will get better in the United States only when we as citizens wrest control of a medical model from a system dominated by the economic concerns of a pharmaceutical and health insurance system whose first concern is the profit of themselves and their shareholders.
We need to redefine what masculinity means. The traditional views on masculinity no longer works for a lot of men (specifically young men).
More importantly, we need to have more conversations that define masculinity as a plethora of options: stoic and vulnerable, dominant and submissive, confrontational and peaceful. All of these characteristics are important parts of the male experience.
The situation with the Catholic Church reminds us of the damaging ways that systems (macro, such as religious institutions, or micro, such as families) prevent survivors from seeking healing when they choose to protect perpetrators (and the system itself) from embarrassment, salvage the status quo by keeping secrets, and create fear through threats of retribution for breaking said secrets.
Victims of childhood (or any other kind of) sexual abuse can only begin to heal when their story is acknowledged, when they no longer feel burdened by carrying the secret.
The sexual double standard affects the way that young men and women talk about sexuality.
Women are far more likely to be on the receiving end of embarrassment and shame than men. After all, men gain social status for their sexual exploits. Women are more likely to be emblazoned with a capital A (or, in 2016, a capital S, for slut) for theirs.
The sexual double standard follows women and men into long-term committed relationships. Learn more about how, and how we can break the power of these social messages around sexuality:
An estimated one in every five eating disorders belongs to males. The ideal male body in the Huffington Post article is marketed to boys and men in almost every superhero or action movie, sporting event, men's health magazine, and (most) celebrity sightings. (And this week, the Olympics.) Stereotypically masculine traits--strong, stoic, fixer, outdoorsy--ooze out of many of these spreads.
Women have more intense body image challenges, but companies such as Dove and Aerie are beginning to deconstruct these themes on a national level. Let's think about how to start conversations for men.
One of the significant challenges of our generation is the collision between the technological revolution and the larger cultural narrative of "Safety First". It's less risky to stay at home with mom and dad than to live on our own and develop our own domestic and financial decisions. It's less risky to build relationships through texting and social media than to rely on face-to-face interactions.
We millennials come by our anxiety honestly, and it has the power to significantly effect relationships by encouraging avoidance, the lack of clarity in our interpersonal and sexual needs, and distorting realistic expectations.
We are dedicated to providing quality sex education to families of adolescents and young adults in the greater Boston area. There's a really good chance that should you send your adolescent or family to SSFHC, our therapists will be exploring the role of sexuality and relationships in your teenager's and family's development.
But what does that mean? What are our goals, and what does success look like?
We recognize that talking about sexuality with your teenagers may be challenging, but we hope to discuss some, if not all, of the following topics:
We all have antagonists in our stories. Naysayers. The other woman (or man). Perpetrators of abuse.
We notice that these antagonists very seldom have names; rather, they’re referred to as “him”, “her”, “that woman/man”, “the babysitter” (or other qualifying descriptor). I ask clients the names of these antagonistic characters, and often face resistance to get an actual name.
Which leads us to the Theory of Voldemort:
One of the most common complaints we get during our intake calls is the following: “My partner doesn’t communicate with me.”
Which is interesting, for one, because we’re always communicating. I could be silently sitting in the corner of the room with my back turned to you, and I’m communicating that I’m upset, or that I don’t want to talk to you.
More importantly, this sentiment gives us an early clue to what might be happening in your relationship.
Think of the last argument that you had with your partner.
If you have children, where were they during your dispute? Did you turn them away? Did you notice them joining the fray at any point? Did you even notice them?
Our couples therapists can help you and your partner develop more effective ways of handling conflict–respectful, organized methods that leave you feeling more refreshed and valued and your children less anxious and more secure.