Family Counseling, Therapy & Psychotherapy | Columbia, Missouri

Family Counseling

My focus is helping families impacted by Substance Use, Alcoholism, and Addiction.

As a therapist, I help families impacted by Substance Use and Addiction can gain valuable information, education, skills, tools, and resources; providing families with the ability to reconnect and live free from drugs and alcohol. I seek to reduce the harm of addiction on both the substance abuser and his or her family. 


Our family relationships can be deeply meaningful and rewarding. Relationships enrich our lives in profound ways. These relationships can also be sources of stress. Families often seek the support of psychotherapist for many reasons.


Most attend counseling to resolve ongoing tension, conflict or disrupt dysfunctional behaviors or patterns. Although the conflict or patterns may have been started by one family member, it's continued to be supported by the whole family whether the family is aware or not.


When it comes to treating Substance Use and Addiction, it's best to have the support and involvement of the whole family system! 


What are some common reasons families seek counseling with me?


  • History of Substance Use or Addiction in the Family
  • Chronic Relapse
  • Stressful Life Transitions or adjustment to changes in the family.
    • Related to a loss, separation, divorce, remarriage, relocation, financial or employment stress.  (And often as it relates to substance use or alcohol).
  • Aging parents or ill family members 
    • Particularly those who have family members suffering from Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia.


What are some common things we might discuss or work on in Family Therapy?


  • Education and understanding of the nature of addiction and how it affects behavior
  • Becoming aware of family dynamics and discussing family roles
  • Disrupting dysfunctional patterns and creating healthy changes
  • Identifying ways to improve communication
  • Sharing thoughts, feelings, and needs
  • Setting Boundaries
  • Rebuild trust
  • Learning self-care


How do I know if your the right counselor for us? How does my family get started with counseling? 


I value the importance of identifying ways to support each family member. I provide families with the information, tools, and support as they learn a better way of loving and living.


It's important to find a counselor right for you and your family. Find out if I'm a good fit for you by scheduling a free phone consultation. You can also schedule your First Session and see how we fit during our time together. I look forward to speaking with you.


Contact me today by calling (573) 505-0071 or email elizabeth@hockercounseling.com

Family Therapy | Substance Use & Addiction Treatment for the Family System | Columbia, Missouri

Family Therapy | Substance Use & Addiction Treatment for the Family System | Columbia, Missouri