Is family therapy right for your family?
Every family has problems and not every family problem requires therapy to solve – let’s just get that out there now! That said, some problems may be quite severe and the family unit may suffer from poor communication and/or strategies for disrupting unhealthy or dangerous activity. For example, is your or teen child struggling in school or demonstrating inappropriate or dangerous behaviors? Are you struggling to communicate with an adult sibling? Is a poor relationship with one or both of your parents or even distant relatives creating problems for you? Are relationships within your family unit or activities taken by members of your family causing severe anxiety or stress (e.g. such as in the case of substance abuse or verbal or physical abuse)?
These are some of the conditions under which you may want to consider family therapy.
Every family goes through rough patches.
It’s incredible what we put each other through, isn’t it? But look around closely, and you’ll find most people in one way or another are struggling with some sort of challenge with one or more members of their family. The challenges facing families can also be incredibly varied – misbehaving children, loved ones abusing drugs, parents communicating poorly, siblings being overly competitive and judgmental – the list goes on and on.
Fundamentally, communication, trust, and strategies for disrupting destructive behavior are the cornerstones of a healthy family dynamic.
Family therapy can help your family dynamic improve significantly.
Your family can heal.
We say life is short, but in the middle of a family trauma, it can feel admittedly quite long. It’s much better to have a supportive and loving family than one in which the family unit’s dynamics create stress, anxiety, anger, fear, or despair for the loved ones in the family. Again, every family has problems, but some are worse than others and deserve the direct intervention of a family therapist. As I’ve told countless families over the years, believe it or not – you can get through it. Your family can heal. Please call or email me today and we can talk about what’s bothering you.