Benefits of Family Therapy

Miriam Galindo

California Clinical Psychologist and Social Worker

About Miriam Galindo

The recipient of the distinguished four-year scholarship award from Los Angeles Philanthropic Society, Dr. Miriam Galindo Psy.D earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude from Chapman University. She continued her education at California State University, Long Beach, where she earned a Master of Social Work with emphasis in children and families. Dr. Miriam Galindo then pursued her doctorate at Trinity College of Graduate Studies in Anaheim, California. Her dissertation focused on the intersection between our constitutionally-protected right to practice religion and the best interest standard in child custody decisions. At present, Dr. Galindo is licensed as a clinical psychologist and a clinical social worker. She is registered as a trained child play therapist and holds a post-graduate certificate in Paralegal Studies. In addition, she is on the approved panel of child custody experts for the Orange County Superior Court.

Dr. Miriam Galindo shares a private practice with her husband Dr. Jorge Galindo in Irvine, California. Drs. Galindo provide case management, co-parenting, and reunification therapy.

Over the course of her career as a child and family therapist, Miriam Galindo has worked with countless families throughout Orange County. Family therapists like Miriam Galindo bring together members of an immediate or extended family to address important issues or simply to better their communication skills. Because the family environment plays such as massive role in the development of children, family therapy can be a useful tool in understanding the role of family in one’s life and preparing together for major changes such as remarriage or divorce.

Participants in family therapy grow to understand the unique ways their family functions and identify strengths and weaknesses. Family therapy is also often used as a complementary treatment when one individual is undergoing treatment for an eating disorder or addiction. The support exhibited by family members in the therapy setting can have a powerful impact on the recovering individual, helping him or her develop vital intimate relationships with loved ones.

The DC: 0-3R

An expert family therapy psychologist, Dr. Miriam Galindo is trained in areas such domestic violence, threat assessment, child custody issues, and child abuse. Currently Dr. Miriam Galindo serves as a private practice psychologist and a resident psychologist at Families in Transition, where she applies her expertise in child psychology.

A branch of developmental psychology, child psychology is a form of therapy and study of disorders that afflict young adults and children. The field focuses primarily on the development and behavior of children, and was influenced by the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood manual.

Commonly referred to as the DC: 0-3R, the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood is a therapeutic manual that was originally published in 1994. The first system for diagnosing mental health disorders in very young children, the DC: 0-3R helps to evaluate, identify, and treat mental health disorders in this population. The book was most recently revised in 2005, and continues to influence the field today.

Family Issues Affect Each Individual

Miriam Galindo, Psy.D. graduated with her doctor of psychology in 2007 from Trinity College of Graduate Studies. Currently in private practice, Miriam Galindo, Psy.D. practices as a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed psychologist. One of her areas of focus is family therapy.

No family is perfect; each one has their own unique issues. When a family member is in a bad mood or having a horrible day, it negatively impacts other family members. It’s not just a bad mood that can affect others in a family, though. Per the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, alcoholism is among the leading causes of family problems.

According to All Psych journal, parental alcoholism can affect a child by leading to feelings of loneliness, low self-esteem, feelings of guilt, depression, and feelings of abandonment. Family therapy in these situations involves building effective and stronger relationships with family members and working on creating an environment in the home of sobriety and health.

Effects of Child Abuse

From 1993 until 2001, Miriam Galindo worked as a social worker at Olive Crest in Santa Ana, California. A licensed psychologist and social worker, Miriam Galindo has worked with at-risk children and their families for more than two decades and serves with the Orange County Superior Court as part of its approved panel of experts.

Child abuse has numerous effects on children due to the developing state of a child's brain. Many children who are abused or neglected develop psychological issues that persist well into adulthood, such as anxiety, depression, and hypervigilance. They can also have difficulty concentrating or sleeping. The particulars of the effects depend largely on how the child naturally deals with stress, as different coping mechanisms can lead to different issues.

Children do not need to be the targets of abuse themselves to struggle with the effects. Children from homes where domestic violence is common, including against a spouse or other sibling, can also develop anxiety and depression. Factors such as the frequency of the abuse and availability of support outside the home can further change how children develop and react.

Children Testifying in Court and California Custody Law

An Irvine, California-based psychologist, Dr. Miriam Galindo has maintained a respected private practice for the past decade. She offers support to families and children in high-conflict divorce situations and maintains child play therapist credentials. Dr. Miriam Galindo has undertaken extensive continuing education and training in areas such as child abuse assessment and child custody. She counts The Legal, Psychological, and Practical Considerations of Children Testifying in Family Court, a San Diego County Bar Association-sponsored event, among the courses she has completed.

Under Section 3042 of California’s Family Code, children may address the court on matters of visitation and custody if they are at least 14 years old. In cases where the court determines that such testimony is not in the child’s best interests, it must provide a public explanation for that finding. Moreover, it must offer an alternative pathway for understanding the child’s preferences, which can be articulated by qualified mediators, investigators, or evaluators.

Although parents can request that the child testify, this can have unintended consequences in making the child feel as if he or she must take a side in the parental dispute.

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