Family counseling benefits and what are they? can be a useful tool for almost any reason or situation your family is facing. Rough times affect many families in very detrimental ways. Members become overwhelmed. This causes anxiety and stress. The family unit becomes offset and out of balance. Issues may relate to separation, divorce, career changes and financial hardships, health problems, death in a family and many more. Working with a trained mental health professional can provide the family with a safe environment. The entire family benefits from counseling. Even if only one of the family members are the target of therapy all can benefit because all are affected directly.
A father loses his job and the family due to financial loss must move to another city to look for work. Now all are affected and each member has their own internal process. Fear, anxiety, resentment, frustration, depression, etc are some of the feelings that start to show up. Dad becomes short tempered, the kids are upset that they are suddenly ripped out of their school and mom is trying to keep the peace but silently resentful at her husband.
Communicating is key. It is important for each member to express his or her voice. Self esteem thrives when a person feels acknowledged. My job as your therapist is to help with the communication. To clear it up and put it in a way that does not shame or blame each other. Rather focuses on allowing each individual the right to discuss their internal process with each other. The goal is to learn healthier ways to talk to one another.
Therapy with the family together allows for open flow of communication. Family members should be validated. Each has their own needs and wants when it comes to change in the family. A young girl may need for her parents to not fix but rather listen to her struggle with the change. This ties in well with learning effective communication skills. Family counseling provides a safe place in which everyone, including your children, can express their wants and needs. When everyone feels heard and validated everyone will see tremendous growth.
As your therapist I jump right in and become one of the members. I am able to understand quickly the flow of communication and stay an outside observer. This way I can easily identify when their is a break down in communication. I can utilize role play and other effective interventions and methods to get the flow of communication working in the right direction.
Yes therapy can and does work if only one or a few members attend. When the entire family is in session, counseling moves much faster. I can catch everything that goes on instead of working with only one or two family members. If I work with only a few then it is their job to learn the new concept and bring it back home to the family to practice.
Nothing brings me more joy than to work with the entire family in session. It moves at such a fast pace because each are able to really take a close up look at how they each interact with each other. I can literally jump right in and stop a system and together change it on the spot. When a member sees for the first time the relief that they feel when they finally understand a concept they feel like a thousand pounds has been removed. Give it a try and see your family get back on track. Family counseling benefits are endless.
Call today and gain the awareness and insight that will bring lasting and effective change to your family.