Every family is a unique group, with individuals who are interconnected and interdependent. When everything is going smoothly, there’s balance and harmony. However, because a family is a very fluid and dynamic group, it’s easy for things to fall out of balance. Events such as financial hardship, divorce or the death of a love one can strain family relationships. Mental health concerns like depression, substance abuse, chronic illness and eating disorders can affect the whole family, and so can everyday happenings like communication problems, interpersonal conflict or behavior problems.
The role of family counseling is to promote awareness, understanding and collaboration among family members to resolve problems. Your counselor will guide your family to uncover the core issues, and then help family members learn how to more effectively manage themselves and interact in ways that are healthier and more productive.
The number of family members who attend each session can vary, depending on therapy goals. Your counselor may also recommend individual sessions for some family members to supplement the family sessions. How your sessions are structured depends upon your needs, however the goal is the same—to improve communications and behaviors and create a healthy sense of balance.
Areas covered include, but are not limited to: