Welcome to the Institute for Healthy Families
Restoring hope in the hurting home
Restoring hope in the hurting home
As a Judeo-Christian organization, IHF believes that the family is the foundation for healthy individuals, relationships, communities, and places of worship. While IHF is non-sectarian, we believe that God reveals His truth in both the Bible and Creation and that we can use this wisdom to help facilitate healing. IHF believes that through this synthesis of science and faith, we can help our clients form and maintain healthy families that will be able to help their children become the best versions of themselves and fulfill God’s will for their lives.
We offer customized treatment modalities based upon evidence-based research that helps clients and their families accomplish their therapeutic goals. We have a heavy emphasis on family systems, fostering healthy attachments, and healing emotional and relational wounds based upon either attachment disorders or childhood trauma. Healthy families are essential in helping individuals heal. Long term healing, growth, and recovery is accomplished when each person in the family recognizes how he or she participates in the family system and is able to develop both as an individual and as a member of the family.
For some, the word trauma is almost traumatic. We tend to think of a disaster or terrible event in our lives, and many of us did not suffer such. However, there are many small traumas that happen to each of us, beginning in the womb. When we have a healthy family system, we learn how to respond to these little traumas. Recent developments in neurobiology indicate that our brain begins mapping responses to our environment from a very young age. If our family system is not healthy, we learn ineffective ways of coping, and our brains are wired to react, rather than respond.
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Clients come to IHF for relief from their unwanted same-sex attractions, gender identity questions, and difficulties forming and maintaining healthy and effective relationships with others. Our treatment focus begins with your self-expression of who you want to be and builds on your strengths to help you accomplish your therapeutic goals. We use evidence-based research with a focus on trauma-informed care to help you resolve childhood wounds that may keep you from becoming the best version of yourself.
Our experience shows that when individuals are in therapy, their overall well-being and treatment goals are best met when their parents and families participate in some kind of therapy. We have a family-systems dynamic approach combined with an awareness of the importance of helping parents become leaders in their home for providing healthy and effective demonstrations of love and acceptance. Individual clients, especially the young, find that seeing their parents work on their relationship means that change may take place in their primary care givers, providing a foundation for family healing.
Wounds and pain do not happen in a vacuum. Our evidence-based family healing and family counseling is ordered to supporting how love is demonstrated in the home. We never ascribe blame to anyone, but help every member of the family identify how he or she interacts with others. We work on what healthy boundaries look like, how to demonstrate love and affection for each varied personality type, and provide effective ways of fostering healthy attachments with everyone in the family.