Is your family going through a rough patch? Whether the issue itself, stems from a lack of understanding between those involved, sibling conflict, or developmental disagreements with a child, a difficult situation can have an effect on the entire family. Family counseling, or family therapy, can be helpful when problems arise and can help restore and improve communication. I have been trained in Adlerian Family Therapy as well as Internal Family Systems to help your family accomplish it's goals.
Some situations that may benefit from family counseling include:
- If a family is going through a loss.
- If a family member is suffering from substance abuse, or a mental illness
- Issues between parents (parenting issues or going through a divorce)
- If a teenager is experiencing emotional or behavior issues
- Sibling conflict
- or some type of abuse is happening within the family
How can family counseling help?
Family counseling can help open up a line of dialogue and communication and can help family members understand each other’s perspectives. This makes it easier to resolve disputes. During the counseling sessions, each member has the ability to learn ways of communicating better, as well as developing techniques to de-escalate arguments while making sure that everybody is getting heard. This can also help with parenting problems such as conflicting parenting styles, rule enforcement and remaining consistent with your child once the rules are established.
How is it accomplished?
Family therapy or counseling can be used in addition to individual treatment. The goal is to improve relationships and improve methods of communication and conflict resolution. Families are a unique ecosystem, and issues affecting one member of a family can reverberate and affect the whole unit. Additional benefits of this type of counseling are that in some instances, the sessions can heal emotional wounds in a short period of time. Very commonly, family therapy can make things feel worse in the first few sessions before it gets better, as all the emotional pain is uncovered and released. However, this period is usually short lived and it is the necessary struggle we sometimes need in order to grow and learn from one another.