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.
Nedra Voorhies, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
6366 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Suite 201-A, Mechanicsville, Virginia 23111
Family life can be a source of strength for individuals in a postmodern culture. However, most families experience challenges at some point whether it is coping with the birth of a child, an empty nest, unemployment, the heartbreak of an affair, or caring for an elderly parent. Family therapy can help you make difficult decisions together in an atmosphere of trust and collaboration.
Kimberly Johnson, LMFT,LPC,RPT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
550 Southlake Blvd. , North Chesterfield , Virginia 23236
Kimberly works with children/adolescents in the context of their family. Family is a system in which each member has a role to play and rules to respect. Members of the system are expected to respond to each other in a certain way according to their role, which is determined by relationship agreements. Within the boundaries of the system, patterns develop as certain family member's behavior is caused by and causes other family member's behaviors in predictable ways. Maintaining the same pattern of behaviors within a system may lead to balance in the family system, but also to dysfunction. Kimberly helps her patients improve the relationships within the family which are causing sickness.