Virginia Center for Family Relations, LPC & LMFT
Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
100 B Mactanly Place, Staunton, Virginia 24401
How is Family Therapy different from other types of therapy? Family Therapy helps individuals and families overcome dysfunctional or destructive patterns. This is done by making some changes in the family as a whole system. That means each family member has his or her way of interacting with each other. Some are healthy, while other family patterns are very unhealthy and cause a tremendous amount of pain. Additionally, each family member has a role he or she plays in the way the family communicates and interacts with one another. A Family Therapist is trained in approaching counseling with individuals and families by looking at the family “system”. The counselor, in speaking with the family, makes an assessment of the family patterns, then a plan...(view profile to read more)
LuAnn Keener-Mikenas, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
311 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504
I work with parents together and individually to help them understand family structure and dynamics and to make healthy changes in parenting techniques, such as setting boundaries, practicing consistency, using choices and consequences appropriately, and practicing loving detachment. I observe parents and children together and teach effective communication skills. I use art and play therapy with children to encourage emotional expression and processing and to practice relationship skills in the clinical setting. Neuro-Integration and Emotional Freedom Technique support emotional integration, regulation, and coping.