Improving Relationships, Changing Lives

Strengthening Families


Families can be sources of strengths and stresses. When things are calm, cool, and collected, families tend to function well. When things get tense, families tend towards conflict and strain. To effectively manage these tensions and transitions, families need appropriate tools and support to help them identify strengths and get back on track. We are here to help during these times. Learn more


Many individuals struggle with a sense of identity and wrestle with the impact of negative and/or traumatic experiences in their families of origin, unintended transitions as well as contending with social expectations. Now more than ever, individuals are searching for ways to be empowered, define themselves with integrity, and live the lives they want. Our goal is to empower individuals to define who they want to be. Add your name to the growing list of well-defined individuals today. Learn more


Communities represent the centerpiece of societies. Indeed, the health and strength of societies is determined by the health of its communities. As communities become more diverse and resources become more scarce, anxiety rises and conflict often ensues. This shift often moves people away from each other, rather than towards each other. We use our understanding of systems theory to help communities heal these divides and learn how to cooperate and solve problems together. Learn more


Organizations, large and small, are often under constant pressure to manage a complex array of internal and external resources, challenges, and competing demands. Success or failure in pursuit of their missions and goals is often determined by how well these factors are managed. We use our proven understanding and practice of systems thinking to support organizations working through challenges and turning them into opportunities of growth and prosperity. Learn more

Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST)

Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) was created by Dr. Murray Bowen, a psychiatrist and veteran at Georgetown University. It is a theory about human behavior and development that views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the unit’s complex interactions. The theory consists of eight interlocking concepts to include: triangles; differentiation of self; nuclear family emotional system; family projection process; multigenerational transmission process; emotional cutoff; sibling position; societal emotional process. Anxiety is viewed as a key variable that impacts any system and its members. The goal is to help clients get more objective and observant of their family and/or other emotional systems (e.g., work, society, school, etc.) and their role in them. Thereby, growing their level of  differentiation of self (maturity) and the capacity to effectively balance emotions and thinking. The process leads clients to less reactivity in anxious circumstances and other people and better able to manage themselves.