Court Ordered Therapy:
Dependency or Family Law Court

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What is Court Ordered Therapy?

Sometimes parents go through a divorce or separation, experience a season of difficulty with financial resources, drug addiction, aggression, conflict, or even abusive behavior.  When these lead to legal consequences, parents or children are often mandated by the court to attend some form of psychotherapy.

Court ordered therapy is a legal decision made by the judge to address the individual and familial issues that contributed to the difficult situation.  Some families interpret court ordered therapy as a punishment; however, this is an opportunity for positive change.  Families can feel caught in ruts for a variety of reasons.

Here at Family Connections Therapy, we offer treatment for individuals and families looking to get out of those ruts.  Specifically, we provide therapy for clients who are ordered through Dependency and Family Law Court.  Check out these articles offered by Hunter Law Group here in California to learn more about how these court systems work.

Why Does the Judge Want Us to Go to Therapy?

Some families feel embarrassed, frustrated, or confused about attending therapy based on a judge’s final ruling.  However, the decision to order treatment is made with the intent of providing healing and preventing future difficulties.

Take a moment to consider what led to your family being brought into court.  Are you and your partner going through a divorce?  Is anyone dealing with immense stress or lack of support?  Have there been traumatic events within the family?  Does your family often fight or argue?

Problems such as these rarely happen out of nowhere, as families typically develop these difficulties over time.

Although legal intervention can sometimes act as a wakeup call for families to change patterns that have developed over time, parents and children often lack the support and knowledgeneeded to repair relationships, change habits, and work better as a team in the future.  When the problem remains unaddressed, often families find obstacles worsening over time.

Families that find themselves in a rut that leads to court involvement often experience symptoms such as:

  • Breakdowns in communication among family members
  • Abusive behavior
  • Isolation and lack of support
  • Dependence on alcohol or drugs
  • Unhealthy venting or angry outbursts
  • Child or partner neglect

Our team at Family Connections Therapy knows how devastating it can be to deal with these situations – and we want to help.  We offer therapy services specifically tailored to individuals and families who are mandated by the court to attend treatment.  We provide shame-free, blame-free counseling that focuses on the most relevant issues, identifies solutions, and sets the groundwork for changes that last.

How Will Court Ordered Therapy Help?

Court ordered therapy is an opportunity for change.  You can make the most of this experience by utilizing the professional support offered by a licensed therapist.  As you and your family engage in therapy, you will learn how to:

  • Communicate your needs effectively
  • Cope with stress and worry
  • Make changes to unhealthy habits
  • Be open and vulnerable with one another
  • Set healthy boundaries
  • Rely on one another for support
  • Manage difficult emotions
  • Help children communicate their needs or concerns
  • Plan for upcoming family changes (i.e. divorce, remarriage, separation, etc.)
  • Restore feelings of safety and security

Family therapists are specifically trained to identify the patterns and communication styles that contribute to family problems.  As you meet with your therapist, you will begin to see how to overcome these old habits – as a team.

How Can Family Connections Therapy Help?

You do not have to do this alone.  If you or your family has been ordered by the court to attend therapy, and you are invested in making changes that last, let us help.  Our team of highly-trained professionals is dedicated to helping our community seek wellness through evidence-based, efficient therapy services.  Contact us today to learn more about our counseling services, or to sign up for your first session!

Our counseling sessions are completely confidential and held right here in the privacy of our San Diego office.  The first session is dedicated to getting to know the story of what happened and how the court experience impacted everyone involved.  From there, we will begin the process of renewal and healing through openness, encouragement, and problem-solving.

Although we may only be required to meet for a certain number of sessions by the court, our doors will always be open to anyone who wishes to continue meeting thereafter.

Sometimes the issues may go beyond the family, which is why Family Connections Therapy also offers individual psychotherapy and couples therapy.  We also offer Play Therapy services to help younger children work through the difficulties of going through the legal system.  To learn more about those services, check out our Services tab above! We believe that, with enough commitment and care, any family can find healing.

Take this opportunity to start fresh and find solutions that actually work.  Contact us today, and begin the journey toward wellness.

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