Family Therapy and Counseling – Counselors and Therapists in Columbia, MD
The best way to describe family therapy is as a kind of psychological counseling (psychotherapy). It is something that can help family members improve communication and resolve conflicts within the home. Not all families need a trained family councilor, of course, but there is a growing number who do. Life never used to be as fast-paced or as complicated as it is today. The modern lifestyle has certainly contributed toward a lot of the disharmony in today’s homes.
Family members can be in a constant slanging match with each other, so much so that they have forgotten how to behave in any other way. When kids run riot, parents let off steam by joining in with the chaos, then, before you know it there’s World War III in the home. The saddest thing of all is that no one enjoys living like this yet no one seems able to stop it.
How Family Counseling Works
Family counseling works by including all family members into the discussions whenever possible. The actual treatment is usually a specific plan that’s unique to you and the needs of your family. This is why an assessment period is so important. The family therapist will want to identify any physical, emotional or psychological issues in any of the family members. Some of these may include:
- Addictions (alcohol or drugs)
- Behavioral disorders like ADHD
- Anxiety / Depression
- Adolescent behaviors
- Divorce or legal separations that might be affecting home life
- Eating disorders
They may be others too, which is why an assessment can be so important. If the family and therapist already know the root cause(s) of the problems, then the counselor can put together a plan of action sooner.
The role of a qualified family therapist is straight forward in theory. They have to:
- Facilitate the flow of communication by asking questions
- Empower the family to work toward shared goals and aspirations
- Form a trusting partnerships with the family to help resolve delicate issues
For more information on how we may be able to help you and your family, call Columbia, MD family therapists today to make an appointment.