Annie DiTiberio, LCSW


Family Support & Consultation

Supporting Families in Navigating the Mental Health System

I have encountered countless family members in my work that have a loved one with a mental health problem, who are trying to figure out how to connect them to services and resources. Not providing an avenue for support for these family members leaves them alone while struggling to traverse a system that is complicated and difficult.  I am willing to partner with families in this journey. This means that I am willing to meet with any members of your family, even if it is to discuss how to handle a mental health issue in your family and the primary client is not present*. I can meet with you to help you learn to navigate the mental health system, or to strategize how to get your loved one into treatment or the support he or she needs.  If someone in your family was recently diagnosed, I can meet with you to provide you with some education, and some idea of how to move forward.  These meetings can be single sessions, or can be ongoing support.  My work in the field has illuminated how often families can be left outside the office doors, wondering what they can do to help.  I invite you in, to be a part of the discussion, and am happy to team with you in whatever way might be helpful.

*If I am treating your loved one individually, they must approve my meeting with you without them present.

Ways I Might Offer Your Family Support:

  • helping loved ones differentiate what is a symptom of the illness versus a behavior 
  • identifying ways family members can influence care and positive change in their loved one by holding expectations, keeping boundaries, and decreasing codependency
  • providing psychoeducation about levels of care, private vs. public insurance and the support that comes from them, navigating family financial support vs. public support programs
  • identifying and connecting families to resources and support either for themselves of their loved ones

Annie DiTiberio, LCSW