When you think back on your childhood, do you look back fondly? Your answer will rely largely on the state of your family. If your family had a healthy dynamic, you likely look back fondly (at least, mostly). If, on the other hand, your family dynamic was unhealthy or wrought with conflict, you probably look back with sadness or other negative emotions.
The families that we are born into, or those that we find, impact us in more ways than we can count: they impact our thoughts and our beliefs; they affect how we talk as well as how we listen; they influence our habits, our values, our religious inclinations; and they affect how we approach relationships with others. Our history and our interactions with our family members can work together to create a happy, healthy life for many years to come. Or, these relationships can cause us mental and emotional pain.
“Family and friendships are two of the greatest facilitators of happiness.” –John C. Maxwell
Fortunately, even in times of distress, family therapy can help to ease this pain and help you build happy relationships with your family members. Depending on what you’re going through, this might sound impossible. While you do not have to revive these relationships if you do not wish, doing so can prove beneficial, as a family is one of the greatest facilitators of happiness (when our relationships are healthy). The family therapists and psychologists at Thriveworks Counseling in Brookline, MA want to help you develop healthy relationships with your loved ones. They can help you work through conflict and find that universal love for one another again. To schedule family therapy, just call our office at (617) 934-1974.
How Does Family Therapy Work? Who Does It Help?
Family therapy is an approach to therapy that focuses on helping families work through interpersonal conflicts and improve overall health of the unit. Common challenges that arise between family members—parenting, children, siblings, and others—include miscommunication, disagreements, mental illness (such as addiction), divorce, and problems in parenting.
Here at Thriveworks, we strongly believe that everyone can benefit, in some way, from working with a counselor or therapist. If you’re at odds with your loved ones or these relationships could be improved, family therapy might be the right type of therapy for you—especially if you are encountering one of the following:
- Mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD
- The loss of a family member or another close loved one
- Divorce, separation, or breakup
- Behavior issues with children and teens
- Financial stress
- Parenting struggles
- Major life changes such as a big move
The family therapists at Thriveworks Brookline are here and happy to help your family work through the above, as well as other challenges. They will welcome you into a non-judgmental, safe space to talk.
How Are Family Therapists Qualified to Help?
The family therapists at Thriveworks in Brookline are licensed, qualified mental health professionals. They have put the time and the hard work into gaining unique skillsets, tools, and experience helping families to work through familial conflicts and improve relationships. Other mental health providers might also pull tools and techniques from family therapy to help their clients, if they have completed family therapy training.
In many cases, family therapy is short-term. Your family might have 10 sessions and then be done with treatment, as you’ve made enough progress. In other cases though of course, some families do need to spend a longer time in therapy. Don’t worry, your family therapist will assess your needs and create an individualized treatment plan just for you.
Schedule a Family Therapy Session at Thriveworks Counseling in Brookline, MA
Do you feel like your family could benefit from working with a therapist? To work through a familial conflict or otherwise? The family therapists at Thriveworks in Brookline, MA would be happy to meet with you. They are here to help you work through these conflicts and discuss other areas of improvement. When you’re ready to schedule your first family therapy session, just call our office at (617) 934-1974. Our scheduling team will get you all set up for your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon!