Family Counseling

Neil D. Brown, LCSW's professional practice specializes in Family Therapy with a highly effective therapeutic approach that focuses on the family as an interactive and dynamic system.

COVID UPDATE:  Mental Health Services are essential services. Neil is only seeing clients virtually using Zoom Video Conferencing.
Contact Neil to schedule your appointment. He is here to help you through this unprecedented health crisis.

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Counseling & Relationship Coaching

Whether you’re a parent who is struggling with a child or adolescent’s emotional or behavioral issues, relationship issues as a couple, or personal issues, Neil will help you identify and resolve the barriers to your goals, in person or by video, using the most effective approach for you.

Often families are receiving services from several providers and Neil will collaborate with your other providers and programs to enable you to get the maximum support and value for you and your family. Contact Neil to explore working directly with him.

All-Day Intensive

Weekly or biweekly therapy is a common model for psychotherapy, but many couples and families benefit greatly from an all day, intensive therapy experience. All-day intensives bring your family or you and your partner together in Santa Cruz, California, to acquire the skills needed to break out of destructive relationship patterns and get a fresh start.

This model can be especially ideal for families with teens and young adults who are completing residential treatment programs and is designed to reduce the risks of re-engaging old patterns when they return home. It is also effective for any family or couple wanting to create a re-set in their dynamics.

Prior to your scheduled date, we’ll meet by phone or video conference to get an initial understanding of your issues and needs. A customized curriculum will be designed especially for you. We’ll meet for 90 minutes on the eve of your all day intensive, followed by a full day together with Neil assisted by an amazing co-therapist. Connect with Neil for more info or to schedule.

A family ready for Neil Brown's all day intensive therapy session

Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle

Training for Parents of Teens and Young Adults

Adolescence is a game changer for most parents. Many can benefit from training in adolescent development, family dynamics, and in learning how to avoid and end debilitating control battles.

Neil’s acclaimed book, Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle, gives parents insight into the patterns he sees everyday with clients - and a practical process for how to transform them.

Young adulthood is the last stage of adolescence where the brain is still maturing into adulthood and where adult behaviors are still shaping. If you’ve got a young adult in your household, take heart, you can also benefit enormously from learning and applying the understandings and skills presented in Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle and furthered in Empowered Parents, Empowered Teens.