Family Counseling

Will family counseling work for your family?

Family therapy may be challenging for every family member. There may be long-standing problems of a lack of communication and trust, anger and resentment, and unhealthy family dynamics. The path may be difficult, but the outcomes can be significant.

Family Counseling

Will family counseling work for your family?

Family therapy may be challenging for every family member. There may be long-standing problems of a lack of communication and trust, anger and resentment, and unhealthy family dynamics. The path may be difficult, but the outcomes can be significant.

Family Counseling

Will family counseling work for your family?

Family therapy may be challenging for every family member. There may be long-standing problems of a lack of communication and trust, anger and resentment, and unhealthy family dynamics. The path may be difficult, but the outcomes can be significant.
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Family Counseling

Family therapy is talk therapy that focuses on improving relationships among family members. It can feel intimidating at first, especially if a great deal of conflict is occurring within your family. Choosing to attend therapy takes a great deal of vulnerability and openness to allow someone into your family, such as a therapist. This is no small decision.

You can expect your therapist to ask you many questions during the first few sessions. The therapist will look at how to understand your family within a system.

After initially assessing the family dynamics, the therapist will formulate some key strategies and effective tools to address the concerns specific to your family. You can expect the therapist to involve themselves by observing your family, questioning, inferencing, and providing input and meaning to the potential functions and/or reasons behind certain behaviors.

Here are some common problems that families come to counseling for

  • Family Conflict
  • Death and grief
  • Adjusting to a new life change or a medical problem
  • Relationship conflicts within the family
  • Strained relationships between family members
  • Stress
  • Anger
  • Communication problems
  • Trauma (physical or emotional)
  • Divorce and/or Co-Parenting
  • Coping with sudden changes, such as unemployment, moving, or incarceration.
  • Child and Adolescent
  • Depression/Anxiety/Suicide
  • School issues
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Teen Issues (Social Media, Peer Relationships, Performance Anxiety)
  • Blended Family and Stepfamily Issues
FAQ

Common Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Family Therapy
With the help of your therapist, you and your family need to identify several goals and how you want your family members to interact after therapy is completed. It's essential to stay open to new ways of thinking and behaving, even if uncomfortable.
It's a good idea to tell your children what to expect in family therapy. Let them know it is a safe space to share their feelings and emotions. Take responsibility if you have criticized or shut them down in the past, and let them know that you will be working on not doing this anymore. Don't expect them to open up automatically once you successfully listen to them empathetically.

They may be guarded and have to see over time that you will not criticize or chastise them for their comments.
Yes. Clients often have more than one therapist when participating in individual therapy and family therapy. Clients are encouraged to authorize all therapists to consult one another to ensure continuity of care.