Blended family counseling from our therapists at Thriveworks in Chesterfield, VA helps families who have come together through marriage work through changes, accept differences, ease tension, and form bonds. It enables parents to set boundaries and expectations around finances, parenting, and other areas. In addition, it offers all family members a safe space to voice their thoughts and feelings.
Blended family counseling will likely involve attending sessions as a group, but it might also involve individual sessions with each family member. It works by encouraging the group to share any emotions or concerns or challenges they might be experiencing, as relates to the family, and then offering tailored solutions.
Blended family counseling from one of our providers at Thriveworks in Chesterfield, VA be short- or long-term, lasting for weeks, months, or years. The length is dependent on the family's areas of concerns, whether they're more immediate or they're more complex. Together with your therapist, you can determine how long you should plan on attending therapy for best results.
Counseling for Blended Families – Therapists and Counselors in Chesterfield
Blended families represent a beautiful new step in life, but they can also present their unique challenges. All families have problems, disagreements, and trials, but a blended family presents a different set of issues that a traditional family may not have to experience. Blended families often result from divorce. This presents an emotional roller coaster that is challenging to process. Many people who are divorced have never fully recovered from the emotional and psychological pain that the experience of divorce creates. When entering into a new marriage and family, many of the issues of the past relationship can come back up, causing anxiety and stress.
Children also can have difficulty with a new blended family
The new couple may not agree on discipline or parenting styles, and former husbands or wives may have a lot of influence on these decisions. It can take time to develop a relationship between a stepparent and stepchild. The stepparent needs to be intentional in creating the bond, and taking time to do so. It is important to not try to replace a parent, but rather should create a new and unique bond with the child. The age and gender of the child also will influence how they adapt to their new family as well.
Strife and stress in any family is best dealt with outside of an argument. Spending time working out how the new family dynamics will look is beneficial to preventing possible disagreements in the future. Counseling is not only good for the family, but also for the individual.
Why Choose Thriveworks Chesterfield?
At Thriveworks Chesterfield, we are ready to help you and your family create a new, healthy, blended existence. We have licensed and experienced professionals standing by. Call Thriveworks Counseling in Chesterfield, Virginia, today at 804-419-4122 or schedule your appointment online today.