When Your Family Needs Family Therapy
Every family faces challenges, but there are times when those challenges and the tension that comes with them can create negative patterns within the family. When those negative patterns progress, they can spiral, leaving families without the ability to see a resolution. Choosing to seek help when things get tough is a brave decision. Each family is different, which means there can be a lot of different reasons for seeking therapy, but family therapy is often beneficial to families who are experiencing:
Even the friendliest of divorces can bring emotional or psychological problems for adults and children alike. Family therapy can help family members express their feelings and emotions in a constructive environment. It also allows them to figure out a positive way to move forward.
Families who have experienced the death of a loved one — especially if it was sudden or traumatic — often benefit from working through their grief in a structured counseling setting. Although grief is an individual emotion, when family members are each experiencing grief over the same loved one, it can be beneficial to share their thoughts and feelings in a safe space. Often, families find that giving a voice to their grief allows them to process their emotions and find comfort in those closest to them.
3. Health Issues
Families often benefit from counseling when one of the family members is dealing with serious health issues, including terminal illness or a mental health diagnosis, such as depression. Group therapy is designed to help family members process their emotions, as well as define their roles and expectations for providing care and support to their loved one.
4. Cross-Generational Families
Families that have multiple generations living under one roof benefit from guided therapy to better understand the cross-generational issues and conflicts that arise from living together. Family therapy can help to establish expectations and boundaries that ease family tensions and improve the ability to live harmoniously together.
5. Blended Families
Bringing two families together can be challenging. Children may be used to only their parents’ style of parenting, and there will be an adjustment period as everyone settles into the new family routine. There are many stressors and conflicts that can arise between stepparents and stepsiblings as they adapt to this new family structure. Family counseling services can help each family member ease into this transition before it begins. It can also empower blended families to identify solutions as parents and children adapt to their new normal.
6. Parenting Problems
Having children and understanding how to parent are two different things. The truth is, parenting does not come naturally to most. Your family counseling sessions can address any issues parents may be encountering within their families. Counselors can equip parents with the guidance and support they need to provide a stable, loving and healthy childhood experience for their kids. Treatment will be specific to your family’s situation.