Medical Family Therapy

Staci Lee Schnell, M.S.,C.S., LMFT provides Medical Family Therapy

When a member of a family is diagnosed with a major medical or psychological illness or disorder the entire family is affected. This can lead to many issues, challenges and stresses.  Dealing with an aging parent or an ill spouse or child can lead to significant family issues that therapy can address and help with.  Staci Lee Schnell, M.S.,C.S., LMFT has a Clincial Specialist Degree in Family Systems Health Care and provides counseling services to families dealing with medical and psychological disorders.

    Common Illnesses and Disorders:                                                                                                               

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Postpartum Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s and Colitis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • MS

Medical Family Therapy helps families adapting to chronic or life shortening illness as well as mental or physical disabilities and significantly enhances treatment for major and chronic illness.  Counseling is likely to be more affective for most disorders if significant and relevant family members are included in the therapy.

  Childhood Illness:

When the medical or psychological diagnosis is for a child, it not only affects the child who experiences the symptoms but also the child’s family. There may be signifcant impact on their parents and siblings.

Parental Impact:

Parents experience greater stress that goes beyond that found in normal child development. These difficulties take away their attention from other children in the family as well as their own marriage. Couples Counseling may also be necessary.

Sibling Impact:

Brothers and Sisters may express feelings of anger and frustration toward their diagnosed sibling.  They may feel somewhat left out or rejected by their parents since their parents seem to be pre-occupied with the diagnosed child.

Call Staci Lee Schnell, M.S., C.S., LMFT at 754-400-1211 for a free phone consultation.

Visit Counseling and Wellness Center of South Florida for more information.

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