Individual Therapy from a Family Perspective

Individual Therapy from a Family Perspective

How is Bowen Theory Coaching different from all other family therapies?

And why should you care?

As paradoxical as it may sound, the majority of family therapists have an individualistic orientation, while Bowen Theory coaches and therapists help individuals from a family relationship perspective. So Family Therapy with One Motivated Family Member is not an oxymoron. Who knew?

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Psychiatric Diagnosis May Be Bad for Your Child’s Health

Psychiatric Diagnosis May Be Bad for Your Child’s Health

I recently participated in my first annual Bowen Family Theory Symposium, which just happened to be its 50th anniversary. I was fortunate to make the “real life” acquaintance of a fellow FIW alum and colleague from “Down Under”, Jenny Brown, Director of The Family Systems Institute in Neutral Bay, Australia and author of Growing Yourself Up: How to Bring Your Best To All of Life’s Relationships. She presented a paper entitled; “Reciprocity Between Parents and Their Child’s Mental Health Treatment Program,” the title of which does not do justice to her preliminary findings that there appears to be a negative correlation between efforts to diagnose and fix the child, and the child’s emotional well-being.

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – The Hidden Life of Family Secrets

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – The Hidden Life of Family Secrets

What is life like growing up in a family where one of the most firmly adhered to rules is “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”? What do you do with significant information when you are inhibited from sharing it, the road block being either in yourself, in your family relationships, or in larger societal constraints? How is a secret different from healthy privacy, a safe and secure “Room of One’s Own”? When is a secret not a secret?

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The Family Focused Approach to Bipolar Disorder

The Family Focused Approach to Bipolar Disorder

I cannot imagine leading a normal life without both taking lithium and having had the benefits of psychotherapy…. Ineffably, psychotherapy heals. Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph. D. — An Unquiet Mind Many group discussions in response to a prior post, Bipolar Disorder and the Family, included requests for more detail concerning…

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The Unbalanced System

The Unbalanced System

Paying Attention to Power Differentials in Systemic Therapy In discussing the process of a smart divorce and post-divorce family reorganization, several people have raised the issue of how to proceed if there are large, seemingly insurmountable imbalances of power, control and hierarchical privilege. In situations of domestic violence, rape &…

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Family Resilience

Family Resilience

Life might not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we might as well dance. Loss is inevitable. None of us escapes “The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.” How do we best help families and communities heal from trauma and loss as they respond to persistent…

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The Practice of Psychiatric Family Therapy

The Practice of Psychiatric Family Therapy

As profiled in a March 2011 New York Times article Talk Doesn’t Pay, So Psychiatry Turns Instead to Drug Therapy published in the Money & Policy section, much of 21st century psychiatry has fallen victim to “biological reductionism”. The hoped for integrative concept of the “biopsychosocial psychiatrist” is unfortunately honored more…

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Systemic Thinking for “Individual Diagnoses”

Systemic Thinking for “Individual Diagnoses”

In response to several prior blog posts, many have questioned the necessity of systemic family therapy for dysregulation that on the surface appears to be centered in the individual. For example, one commentator asked, “What difference does it make to think systems about an individual diagnosis such as this?” in…

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Helping Parents of Children With Chronic Health Conditions

Helping Parents of Children With Chronic Health Conditions

As reported in the Summer 2012 issue of FOCUS, The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry, approximately one-quarter of children and adolescents in the United States have a chronic health condition including trauma, disability and potential life-shortening illness. These include physical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, leukemia and sickle cell…

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Alcoholism and the Family “A Systemic Approach”

Alcoholism and the Family “A Systemic Approach”

The total cost to American society of excessive alcohol consumption including lost productivity, healthcare costs, “drunk driving accidents” and the criminal justice system was nearly $224 billion in 2006. Alcohol-related deaths number almost 80,000 people per year and 2.3 million years of potential life are lost annually. Nearly one third…

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Bowen Family Systems Coaching


Bowen Family Systems Coaching with Ronald B Cohen, MD is the treatment of choice for complicated relationship problems and intergenerational conflicts. Include the whole family in resolving and improving what is going on right NOW! When the entire family works to make the difficult journey together, the results are almost magical.
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Why Ronald B Cohen, MD?


If you are experiencing family relationship problems and distress, don’t treat all therapists alike. Look for a Family Therapist who has had specific training, is comfortable with emotional intensity and will offer clear direction to help resolve identified problems. Ronald B. Cohen, MD works with the whole family in a manner that can save you time and be more cost effective than equal doses of individual therapy.
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For Mental Health Professionals


I offer both individual coaching and a consultation group to help facilitate the acquisition and further development of knowledge and expertise in Bowen Family Systems Theory and Coaching for the enhancement of clinical efficacy, productivity and satisfaction. If this is something you want to do professionally, and especially if you have not had significant training and experience in working with family dynamics and relationships, then experiential learning by doing is the best way to go.
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