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Back to Basics (tm)

Many family therapy techniques don’t teach you the basic skills of putting the client in charge of their own life. It’s time it did.


Teaching a parent how to be a better parent is one of the hardest tasks in the world.

Therapists who deal with child and adolescent behavioral problems know this. Day after day you’ll see parents who are clearly struggling and struggling and making almost no headway. You can tell them what they’re doing wrong — but trying to help them figure out better approaches and techniques for handling their children is often a case of the blind leading the blind.

That’s not because you didn’t pay attention to your training, either. The vast majority of child and adolescent behavioral techniques put heavy emphasis on what not to do, but very little on what parents should do. That means that parents often backslide into their old habits, because even if they don’t create the home environment they want, at least those techniques work — temporarily.

No therapist should have to feel like their work is a hopeless cause, and so many who work in child and adolescent behavioral problems do feel this way. That’s a fixable problem, because you are already a good therapist. You are simply lacking a tool that you hadn’t realized you would need.

You already know how to identify unhealthy behavior. What I can do is teach you how to identify the emotional issues that prevent a client from stopping unhealthy behavior, communicate those problems to the client in helpful way, and present viable alternatives.

And as a bonus, because I know how draining therapy can be for the therapist, I’ll also share my time-tested techniques for knowing how much to give, when to let go, and how to handle your own disappointment if a client refuses to change despite your very best efforts.

Uncertainty is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to be a part of your practice. Get the tools you need to be the best thing your clients ever did for themselves — and for their kids.

Reevah Simon

You got into this business because you wanted to help people. But sometimes the initial training you received simply falls short in that quest.

I created techniques to fill in the gaps and help therapists like you empower their clients to create real change in their lives.

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As a clinician, Back to Basics parenting and family therapy model have helped me to deal with child behavior, one of the most common reasons for referral in my practice as a school social worker. It was rewarding to make a difference in the lives and relationships of so many families. I felt like an effective social worker when I began using this approach and this was important for my professional resilience. As a parent I began using the Back to Basics(tm) model in raising my own daughter. It has made the sometimes stressful and confusing challenge of parenting manageable. I am personally and professionally grateful to have learned these essential skills.
Alejandra Acuna, LCSW, Ph.D. Candidate