Family Therapy and Counseling – Therapists and Counselors in Houston, TX
People often say that stable families are the bedrock of mainstream society, and perhaps they are. Turmoil in the home doesn’t always spill out into personal life, though sometimes it can. Family instability and mayhem is not always anyone’s fault. It can come about by all kinds of conditions and events; things that can affect the best of us at the worst of times. The proverb: “There but for the grace of God go I” springs to mind.
People who have an unhappy home life are usually unhappy in other areas of their life too. They may put on a brave face, but deep down they’re not having a lot of fun. In situations where a household cannot settle their differences, perhaps family counseling can help. Family therapists have been working with troubled families for generations, and with good results in many cases.
Types of Family Therapy
Family counseling is a division of psychiatric therapy. It’s one of a number of approaches that works close with families and couples in intimate relationships. The systemic model is the most widely performed for addressing family issues, but therapists do use other models too. What model is right depends on the situation and the therapist.
A lot of family problems materialize as a result of disruptive behavior of an individual or a group. What a family therapist does is step back to look for the root cause of the problem. For example:
- When is this person or those people most likely to be disruptive?
- What or who is making them act the way they do?
- When did this all start and what events played a part in it?
There are many other questions, but this gives you some idea of the path a therapist follows. Regarding the second point above, there could be underlying physical or mental conditions which trigger disruptive behaviors. Some of these could be:
- Addictive behaviors (alcohol and drug abuse)
- ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Behavioral disorders (delinquency problems)
- Schizophrenia and other psychotic conditions
- Various eating disorders
These are just a few examples but you can see how potentially complex family issues can be. If you think you may need some help with your own family, call our Houston, TX therapy counselors today to make an initial appointment.