New Family and Couples Program

By Molly Bobek, LCSW

Relationships are a tremendously powerful vehicle for change. Family relationships in particular offer history, meaning, and opportunities for powerful motivation. When we consider how family relationships are impacted by substance use issues, however, we are often pulled towards problem saturated narratives of “codependence”, enabling, and toxicity. In substance abuse treatment, these narratives all too often mean family members are encouraged to be in treatment separately, to differentiate from one another, and to adopt pathologizing descriptions of themselves and their families.

As someone who has worked in both the family therapy community and the substance abuse treatment community, I feel strongly about the need to reimagine family relationships and substance use issues. Family therapy aims to clarify all relationships, and provide healing and repair in relationships when family members choose to do so. Some of family therapy’s values include the value of multiple perspectives, the dismantling of either/or thinking, and the importance of curiosity and avoiding judgment. These values are uniquely compatible with The Center for Optimal Living’s Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Approach. The IHRP focus on a psychobiosocial approach to understanding substance use considers the meaning of behaviors in their multiple contexts. In providing individuals with the opportunity for compassionate support in achieving individualized goals, this approach is truly relational. I am so pleased to be a part of the Center’s new offerings of family therapy, couples’ therapy, a family workshop, and a family group.

I am offering a special Introductory Workshop for Families at The Center for Optimal Living on April 3, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Find out more details and register here.

We are excited to announce that Molly Bobek has joined our team to take the lead in expanding our services for families and couples! Molly is a clinical social worker, specializing in therapy with couples and families. Molly received her degree in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work, and completed the Clinical Externship in Family Therapy at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She brings to her role over 10 years of experience in the substance use treatment field, including counseling in a residential program, treating adolescents and their families in community mental health centers, and providing individual, couple, family and group therapy in an outpatient substance use treatment center.

Molly is deeply committed to the belief that clarity, meaning, and motivation can be found in the healing power of relationships.  Please contact Molly Bobek at 212.213.8905 x116 or at

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