Is your family going through difficult times? Whether the issue itself stems from a lack of understanding between those involved, developmental disagreements with a child, a challenging situation, or unhealthy boundaries, it can have an effect on the entire family. Family counseling can be helpful when problems arise and can help restore and improve communication.
Some situations that may benefit from family counseling include:
- setting boundaries with adult children/parents
- processing a traumatic incident or loss
- a family member with substance abuse or getting treatment
- Issues between parents (parenting styles, separation, or divorce)
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. 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.
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 system, 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.