Family Counseling can be helpful not only to a family in crisis, but also for families who want to thrive. We love them. We hate them. We don’t get to choose them (well, only our spouses and partners) but we’re stuck with them for a lifetime. They’re our family …so why can’t we all get long? Whether it’s a simple case of sibling rivalry or deeper, more established dysfunctional family patterns, every family has its own unique sensitivities and dynamics. Counseling can help family members resolve conflict and improve communication, and can be useful in any situation that causes stress, anger, conflict or grief.
Signs of Family Problems
When family members don’t get along, the tension can have an effect on each family member’s mental and physical health, relationships and even his or her capacity to function on a daily basis. Some common signals of trouble are:
- Repeated family conflicts
- Mood swings
- Dramatic behavioral shifts
- Substance abuse
- Family issues
Every family will be challenged by some sort of problem, at some time. In addition to improving troubled relationships (or healthy ones), counseling can address specific issues such as:
- Addiction of a family member
- Death of a loved one
- Marital problems
- Conflict between parents and children
- Financial problems
- Chronic illness
- Mental illness of a family member
Family counseling can provide skills that will help families cope with future challenging situations.
Family therapy is often short-term and may include all family members or just those who are willing to participate. Each situation is different and requires a customized treatment plan.
Behavioral therapy – Family therapy sessions can teach skills to deepen connections and get through stressful times. Individual therapy may also be recommended for a family member, depending on the situation. (For example, if a member has an illness or addiction that requires individual or rehabilitative treatment.)
The most important thing to know about Family Counseling is that it won’t make an unpleasant situation go away or magically solve a conflict, but it can bring your family closer together by helping you better understand each other.
From life’s daily hurdles to a major crisis…we’ve helped our clients deal with all kinds of challenges. We’re here not only to help those who are struggling, but to also help healthy families thrive.
Counseling for Families