Reunification Therapy Seeks to Establish Parent-Child Relationship

Irvine, California

Irvine, California

 

For more than two decades, Dr. Miriam Galindo has worked with children and families. She shares a private practice in Irvine, California, with her husband. With her primary focus on counseling children and families involved in high-conflict divorce cases, Dr. Miriam Galindo also offers reunification therapy and co-parenting services.

Reunification therapy is becoming more common high-conflict divorce cases. This form of therapy becomes necessary when one parent does not see a child for a specific time. This process attempts to recognize a relationship between a child and a parent while identifying specific aspects that have impacted the parent-child relationship. The goal is to ascertain the specific factors that contribute to the estranged relationship so both parties can work on communication and trust.

The therapist typically begins reunification therapy sessions by meeting with each parent separately to go over court orders pertaining to custody and parenting. When a case involves conflict, the therapist must assess parents’ resistance on pertinent parenting issues.

Focusing on the process of divorce, the impact upon the child, and the long-term benefit of having a relationship with both parents, the therapist also interviews each child individually. From there, each child meets with the noncustodial parent. The goal is to develop a pathway that enables the noncustodial parent and child to spend time together outside of therapy and reestablish their relationship.

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Family Therapists Organization Raises Awareness on Mental Health

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California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
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A licensed clinical psychologist and social worker, Dr. Miriam Galindo works in private practice in Irvine, California. In her practice, she offers co-parenting counseling for individuals involved in court cases concerning high-conflict divorces. Dr. Miriam Galindo maintains membership with the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

As an independent professional organization consisting of about 32,000 members, CAMFT represents the interests of licensed family and marriage therapists. Begun in 1964, CAMFT strives to advance the profession, maintain a high standard of ethics, and advocate for its members.

In May 2016, CAMFT encouraged California residents to pay attention to mental health issues. Since May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, CAMFT wanted to raise awareness about mental health issues and how communities could offer relief. According to the organization, approximately one in five adults experience mental health issues, whether it is depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, among others. CAMFT reminds individuals that they can help with addiction and recovery as well as stress disorders and trauma.

Approaches to Family Systems Therapy

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Family Systems Therapy
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A diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Social Workers, Dr. Miriam Galindo is a licensed psychologist and clinical social worker based in Irvine, California. In this capacity, Dr. Miriam Galindo offers a wide range of family therapy services.

Established by the psychoanalyst Murray Bowen, family systems therapy operates based on the theory that familial relationships have a major impact on the development of the individual. Below are three common approaches to family systems therapy.

Strategic family therapy: Strategic family therapy looks at the problem-solving patterns of families outside of the therapeutic setting, often requiring families to redefine challenging scenarios. Unlike other types of family systems therapy, strategic family therapists believe that intensive analysis is not necessary to realize rapid change.

Structural family therapy: While strategic family therapy looks to interactions outside therapy, structural family therapy examines behaviors and patterns within the therapy context. Structural family therapists also analyze subsystems within the family unit.

Intergenerational family therapy: In many cases, individual behavior can be influenced by the beliefs and patterns of previous generations. By acknowledging multigenerational behaviors, families can normalize their problems and correct problem behaviors.

Be Careful What You Post: Social Media Content in Family Court

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Dr. Miriam Galindo
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As a social worker, Miriam Galindo helps families in Santa Ana, California, make decisions in the best interests of their children. In addition to directing a group home for children in need, Miriam Galindo is experienced with family court services and custody proceedings in the state of California.

It is no secret that most adults who use the internet participate in some form of social media. Many users are aware of the implications their postings can have on their careers, but few realize just how damning social media can be during divorce proceedings and custody disputes. As long as the posts in question were not obtained illegally, anything an individual chooses to post on social media can be used as admissible evidence against him or her in family court. Even if your profile is set to private, content shared by mutual friends without consent can become problematic down the line.

This creates a problem for many users who share information indiscriminately in times of family conflict. Everything from ill-advised comments about an ex to photographs of inappropriate conduct in front of children can cause problems in divorce and custody battles.

National Wildlife Federation: Inspiring a New Generation of Conservation

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Licensed clinical psychologist, social worker, and registered child play therapist Dr. Miriam Galindo, Psy.D., has worked with at-risk children and families for over 20 years. Miriam Galindo operates a private practice in Irvine, California, where she provides counseling for child and family reunification, and co-parenting counseling for cases involving high-conflict divorce. She is a proud supporter of National Wildlife Federation.

The mission of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is to be a voice for wildlife, dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitat and inspiring the future generation of conservationists. To that end, NWF provides many fun ways for kids and families to get involved in wildlife conservation.

Butterfly Heroes is a recent campaign designed to help raise awareness and provide a habitat for the Monarch butterfly. With over one-third of Monarch habitats destroyed by agricultural and farming practices, and a population decline of over 90 percent, NWF asked kids and families to step up and take the Butterfly Pledge. Families could submit a photo to share along with their pledge, and in return received free Butterfly Garden Starter Packets in the mail.

To get your family involved in the work of NWF, visit www.nwf.org/kids.

The Individualized Education Program

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Individualized Education Programs
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Dr. Miriam Galindo is a private practitioner of child and family psychology at Irvine, California. She previously served as social worker with Olive Crest, where she worked with abused and neglected children between ages 4 and 12. In this role, she advocated for Individualized Education Programs at schools.

Individualized Education Programs (IEP) are mandated by a federal law called Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA requires that schools create an IEP for each child who receives special education services. The IEP includes information about the child including a statement of the child’s present level of performance, an annual educational goal, the different supports and services required, and the accommodations and modifications needed to make education easier.

There are two requirements that need to be satisfied before a student can receive special education services. First, an evaluation must be requested by parents, teachers, counselors, or doctors working with the child. A psychologist may perform the necessary evaluations, which may include classroom observation. After the evaluation process, a decision is made by the IEP team, which consists of parents and school officials.

Common Questions about Play Therapy

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Play Therapy
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Dr. Miriam Galindo received widespread recognition in 2014 when she recommended against the filming of a reality television star’s children. With more than 25 years of experience in the field of psychology, Dr. Miriam Galindo has obtained several post-graduate credentials, including that of a registered Child Play Therapist.

Dedicated to encouraging and exploring the therapeutic power of playing, play therapy was developed in the early 1900s and is currently used in the mental health community to both communicate with and treat children. The following are some commonly posed questions about play therapy:

1. Who is play therapy for?

Therapists prescribe play therapy for children who may be facing difficulties in the home or in social situations, such as with friends or at school. Play therapy can also help children who are struggling to come to terms with an emotional issue. Patients are usually between the ages of 3 and 12. However, teens and adults can benefit as well.

2. How long does it take?

Mental health providers often hold weekly play-therapy sessions that are between 30 minutes and one hour long. Research has shown that, on average, it takes 20 sessions to produce significant results.

3. What activities do people do in play therapy?

People participate in a variety of activities in a play-therapy session, depending on the needs of the patient and the therapist’s assessment. Some of these activities include drama (such as role playing), art and music, dancing, and creative visualization.