Family Therapy and Counseling
Family therapy is a type of psychotherapy that works with families and couples to nurture change and development, usually through the ways family members interact. Family therapy is also referred to as couple and family therapy, marriage and family therapy, family systems therapy, and family counseling.
In most cases, family therapy is provided by licensed marriage and family therapists or counselors, psychologists, or clinical social worker. Sessions may include all family members, extended family members, or just a few individuals. This type of therapy is usually short-term, but the specific length and treatment plan will depend on your specific situation and needs.
What is family counseling for?
Families are made up of individuals, each with their own opinions, needs, and flaws. As a result, every family experiences periods of conflict or tension. When left unresolved, these issues can grow and worsen, leading to stress, anxiety, or depression for one or more family members.
There are many reasons why family therapy or counseling may be recommended, such as:
● Anger and conflict between parents, children, or other family members
● Experiencing grief and loss
● Coping with serious health issues, either physical or psychological
● Substance abuse
● Marital difficulties
● Financial struggles
● Significant changes in family dynamics, such as adoption or remarriage
● Contemplating separation or divorce
● Navigating custody concerns
Therapy sessions can teach family members helpful skills to strengthen connections, prepare for significant changes, get through difficult periods, resolve conflict, and improve communication. Family therapy will help you understand how your family functions, identify the strong and weak points of your family system, and set goals for your family and how to work toward them.
Family counseling may be used on its own, but it can also be combined with other types of mindcare or specialized treatment. A combined approach is especially helpful for complex issues such as addiction and eating disorders.
In some cases, families can benefit from counseling and therapy before issues arise. This is especially helpful if the family is already preparing for a significant change, such as:
● Moving to a different country or part of the country
● Birth or adoption of a new child into the family
● Changing jobs or schools
What happens in family counseling?
Many family therapists may prefer to see all members of a family together at the first session. However, counselors are also aware that scheduling issues and other difficulties may arise. Sometimes the counselor will just see both parents without their children, or one child with one parent, or another combination of family members. Depending on the family’s concerns, the counselor may have individual sessions with teens.
During your family therapy sessions, you and your family will work with your counselor to:
● Talk about the good and bad parts of your family relationships
● Determine and understand sources of conflict
● Learn to identify problems without blaming each other
● Develop better, more open communication
● Improve problem-solving skills
● Learn to discuss problems and differences calmly and rationally
The therapist will listen to each person at the session to understand their needs, communication styles, and problems within the family. Family therapists may ask parents to change some parts of their parenting or communicating, but this does not mean the therapist is siding with the child against the parents. Instead, a counselor will try to work collaboratively with the parents, children, and other family members as a team.
Like other forms of psychotherapy, your counselor may give you or other members of your family “homework” to practice what you learned during the session. This may include communication exercises or specific activities. In the next session, he or she may ask how this homework went and how to improve or repeat your results.
How can we get started with family counseling?
Resolving family issues can take some time, but improving your relationships and family dynamics is also vital to your emotional well-being and mindcare.
At MindPath Care Centers, we offer experienced, compassionate family and relationship counseling services to anyone in need. Our specialists can help you navigate your concerns with clarity and compassion. MindPath will help you address the stress of these concerns and better manage the emotional impact as you move forward in your life.
Get started today by looking through our list of family counselors and contacting the specialist who best fits your needs.
MindPath Care Centers accepts most insurance plans. Contact your specific insurance provider to learn what may be covered under your plan.
If your family is struggling with conflict or uncertainty, we are ready to help.
We at MindPath Care Centers believe that each person has a right to compassionate, comprehensive, personalized care. Since 1994, your empowerment has been our priority. We are committed to providing the resources and knowledge you need to thrive.
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