The number of situations associated with parenting and families is endless, whether the issue stems from a lack of understanding between those involved, sibling conflict, a child with developmental disabilities, and/or trauma (such as domestic violence, or alcohol and drug abuse); difficult situations 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:
- Sibling conflict
- Grief and loss
- Substance abuse
- Issues between parents (parenting issues or going through a divorce)
- If a teenager is experiencing behavior issues such as anger outbursts
How can counseling help?
Family counseling can help open up a line of dialogue and communication and can help family members understand each other’s perspectives. This makes it easier to resolve disputes. 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 heard. This can also help with parenting problems such as conflicting parenting styles, rule enforcement and remaining consistent with your child once the rules are established; setting clear boundaries and communicating effectively as a parental unit can set a good example for your children and/or your spouse.
How is it accomplished?
Family therapy can also be used in addition to individual treatment; the goal is to improve relationships through communication and conflict resolution. Families are a unique ecosystem, and issues affecting one member of a family can reverberate and affect the whole unit; family members can develop acceptance and learn skills to repair these important relationships.