Family Issues

Is Family Counseling Right For Us?

What will expert family counseling do for you and your family?  Families are as diverse in their makeup as the individuals who compose their fabric; but some patterns mesh less well than others. Conflict in families is normal and can even be healthy. But too often, conflict in families can be destructive, leading to feelings of isolation, hopelessness, anger and even rage.

High conflict families can adversely affect the mental, emotional and mental health of each member of the family

Here are eight issues commonly discussed in family therapy

Common Issues That Family Counseling & Therapy Can Address

  • Marital Conflict: Developing strategies to resolve conflict and taking a breather from life stressors to repair the romantic connection; reminding children that they are loved, and creating a safe space for children to articulate their complex emotions
  • Financial Disagreements & Hardship: Learn how to set spending limits, reach consensus about budgets, and learn to collaborate on high-stakes financial decisions
  • Disagreements Over Parenting Styles: Disagreements over parenting are common. Family therapy can help parents get on the same page. Establish effective routines for homework, bedtime, & chores, and infusing fun into the mix
  • Divorce & Blended Families: How to break the news of your separation to the kids and supporting children through the grieving process; reduction of chaos: how to reorganize everyday life and parent effectively when you live separately; learning how to navigate remarriage and the nuances of blending together two dissimilar family units
  • Parent vs. Adolescent Conflict: From the terrible twos to the teenage years: how to escape parenting without acquiring a body count; recognizing the warning signs that your child may be in crisis; striking a balance between empowering your adolescent to make their own decisions and instituting firm boundaries
  • Academic/Behavioral Problems: Learn how to spot the warning signs of ADHD, intellectual/developmental disabilities, dyslexia, and specific learning disorders; help your child to self-motivate vs. self-defeat in the classroom; and address problematic opposition from your child toward his educator
  • Core Values & Beliefs: Liberal vs. conservative, Christian vs. atheist, LGBTQ+ vs. rigid traditional beliefs — the list of potential discrepancies is endless! But divergent views don’t have to drive a wedge into your familial relationship. Learn how to achieve common ground without knocking each other down.
  • Mental Health & Chronic Illness: How to cope with and support a family member through a mental health concern (substance abuse, depression, eating disorders, mood disturbances, etc.), a chronic illness (when a family member receives a diagnosis of cancer, Alzheimer’s, cystic fibrosis, etc.), or another medical condition (stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury etc.)

How Can Family Counseling & Therapy Help Our Family?

Most family differences are reconcilable – although there are exceptions regarding forms of domestic abuse; or the physical and/or sexual abuse of children. We can help families recover after these situations also; but sometimes, for the safety of the family, separation from an abusive family member is necessary. However, under more ordinary circumstances, family therapy can be executed in joint (most common) or in separate, individual sessions. But regardless of the method of execution, the overarching goals of family counseling are similar. Your therapist will

  • Help you identify sources of conflict and communication breakdown & brainstorm strategies that are customized to improve your family’s interactions
  • Help you view your family as a cohesive unit, where the sum of the parts (members) is indistinguishable from the whole (family). Assessing your family in this manner can help you to avoid placing blame on any one family member for their actions and help you to focus on enhancing your family’s collective strengths
  • Assist each family member to modify their behavior as appropriate to reduce conflict
  • Employ supplemental therapies as recommended, for example: Marriage Counseling (for high conflict marital couples), Divorce Counseling (to aid the family unit in processing and reorganizing after spouses separate), Blended Families Counseling (to address issues related to blending families during remarriage), or Individual Counseling (to tackle issues such as substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, etc.)
  • Remind you how to appreciate each other once more and channel your energies toward the positives, such as reserving opportunities for quality time spent together!
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