Athena Staik, Ph.D., LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
406 Chatham Square Office Park #102, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405
Free and open expression of thoughts and feelings is a hallmark of healthy family relationships. When members of a family feel safe to be themselves and express their thoughts and upsetting feelings, relationships flourish. Reactivity is common in family relationships. It simply says that your brain has activated your body's fight-flee-or-freeze system. A relational approach to healing family issues focuses on nurturing quality relationships in which there is natural giving, in which each member feels they can give from a place of love rather than fear, and non judgment allows them to openly express their uniqueness and grow in a supportive context.