Family Therapy2018-06-02T23:59:45-07:00


Each client seeking recovery has an individual path that involves unlearning and learning a variety of different patterns of behavior and thought. However, addiction does not affect one person in a vacuum. It typically affects those closest to the client and also those in the client’s environment. Families and loved ones are best supported through their own healing process. Typical family responses to addiction include, through a lack of experience or increased fear, enabling or taking the blame for a loved one’s addiction, adapting to the dysfunction of the loved one’s patterns, and/or developing poor coping skills based on inconsistent emotional responses. We engage the entire family and work to reconnect them with their loved one using clear and loving boundaries, healthy interpersonal communication skills, open dialogue, and a clear and accessible path to forgiveness and growth.



We propose that there is a unique and important need to address the suffering and damage that has been caused within and around a family dealing with addiction.

From our perspective, the goal of family therapy is not to change the experiences that have already occurred but to accept the damage from the past and accept that they have the ability to use slow gentle movements to reach change, growth, and reestablish love between the family members. The first movement that Good Heart works on with family members dealing with addiction is the acknowledgment that there has been suffering as a result of emotions, thoughts, and behaviors over many years. Next, we acknowledge that the suffering that has occurred within the family dynamics is usually a result of the attachment to the loved one’s safety security and wellness. Family members are invested, in a positive way, however, that investment gives forth room for pain. Our final movement of family therapy is to heal the family through the ability of each individual to use mindful compassion to battle the anxiety, anger, hopelessness, and fear they are currently experiencing. With this compassion comes kindness, the movement towards a better future all involved, and an easier ability to love.

Diane R. Gehart, LMFT
On using Buddhist acceptance techniques in family therapy in Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

“The goal is not to change our experience; rather it is to change our relationship to our experience. Thus, there is a gentle movement towards change, but affecting the problem is not the actual target… mindfulness helps us move toward compassion for self, other, and the human condition in the face on minor and major forms of suffering.”

Family Therapy

We provide various types of family therapy from in-person individual family therapy to multi-family group therapy and also distance group therapy for those who live in a different area than their loved one.

Family Communication

Upon client’s consent, Good Heart will provide family members with a weekly email or telephonic update on how their loved one is growing in recovery.

“The importance of family in regards to addiction and recovery is that the family has to be looked at as a unit, including the addict. The most important thing is for the addict to put themselves in the family members shoes, and vice versa; that creates empathy – it creates understanding – which ultimately leads to compassion.”

Lacee Dilmore, MA
Clinical Director

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Family Therapy
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