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What is Family Counseling?
Family counseling helps members of your family system to improve communication and resolve conflicts – it’s what Marriage and Family Therapists do best! MFTs are trained specifically to look at how families are functioning, how they are communicating, which members are participating, which members are “staying out of it”. As a Family Counselor, my job is to interrupt how the family is currently communicating and attempting to solve problems, to identify behavioral patterns that are not serving the family well, and to teach family members how to feel safe expressing their needs, how to be present and listen fully to one another, and how to overcome family gridlock.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I will want to include all family members or just those who are able or willing to participate in the counseling process. Families attend counseling for many different reasons. Sometimes there is abuse going on in the family, and certain members come forward looking for help. Many times a family will call me because “there’s something wrong with <insert family member’s name here> and we just don’t know what else to do!” What the family doesn’t realize is that the “black sheep” or the “identified patient” who the family thinks needs “fixing”, is truly just the symptom bearer of a more systemic problem that families can uncover and resolve in family counseling. Other times, families come to therapy together because of a loss suffered and the family is looking for grief counseling. Healing from loss together as a family is very potent and powerful.
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Is Family Counseling Right for Me?
The decision to go to Family Counseling can be a tough one, especially when you don’t know how long you may end up being in counseling for. Family counseling can last as short as 8 sessions or could take 20 or more sessions depending on what problems are brought into counseling and how willing the family is to do the work needed to make progress. Your treatment plan will depend on your family’s unique situation. I will teach you the skills needed to deepen emotional connections and overcome stress. Some people run away from their family problems. Some people are emotionally cut-off from their family. Families are forever. Isn’t it time to do things differently?
To find a Family Counselor who you feel comfortable with, you’re going to want to ask questions over the phone to get a sense of the counselor’s personality. Not every therapist is necessarily skilled at relationship counseling. You’ll want to find someone who has training specifically in doing family work. If you’re looking for a child counselor or a teen counselor be sure and ask if the counselor has experience working with children and/or adolescents. Put yourself first, by putting your family first. Human beings have always depended on groups for support. Your family was the first group you were dependent on. Change is possible. Change is real. There is hope. Call or message me today, and let’s talk about what you’re thinking and feeling, and how you’d like things to be different in your family.