Cassidy is visiting her childhood home for the winter holiday. She loves seeing her family, and winter is her favorite time of year. She and her parents spend days decorating the house with ornaments, knickknacks, and trinkets.
While her parents are at work, Cassidy relaxes around the house, enjoying her time off from college. But one day, she hears a loud bang coming from the back of the house. Someone is trying to break in. Cassidy is quick on her feet and calls the police. She barricades the door and hides in her closet. The police arrive after fifteen terrifying minutes spent alone in the dark.
When her parents rush home after hearing about the attempted burglary, Cassidy is shaken but safe. The family repairs the damage to the house and tries to continue preparing for the upcoming holiday season.
But ever since the break-in, Cassidy refuses to be alone in the house and has trouble sleeping. Every unexpected noise or movement makes her jumpy, and she feels the same panic and worry she felt during the attempted burglary. When she does finally sleep, she’s plagued by nightmares.
After several rough nights and jumpy days, her parents decide to seek outside help. They phone Thriveworks Counseling and schedule an appointment.
Within two days, the family visits with a licensed provider who diagnoses Cassidy with post-traumatic stress disorder. He creates a treatment plan with coping techniques for Cassidy and coaches her parents on how to be supportive as their daughter works through the trauma she’s just experienced. When it’s time to return to school, Cassidy continues her treatment online through video conferencing. Within months, she’s feeling back to her old self.
The experience of one family member can have profound effects on the wellness of the entire family system. That’s why it’s so important to take care of the individual needs of each family member as well as the needs of the entire unit.
When stress, trauma, or other complications arise, a mental health professional can provide support that helps you repair, mitigate, or cope. If you or your relatives are experiencing a mental, emotional, or behavioral health challenge, consider contacting our providers at Thriveworks in Elk Grove, CA. Together, we can work to create a solution that serves the whole family.
Is Therapy Right for My Family?
Trauma and stress are not the only reasons people pursue family therapy. Every family has different pain points and every situation requires a nuanced treatment.
Some of the most common reasons family systems seek out the help of a licensed professional include:
- Financial strains
- Child behavioral problems
- Mental illnesses and disorders
- Substance and physical abuse
- Major life transitions
- Trust issues
- Sibling bickering
- Separation and divorce
- Communication problems
- Grief counseling
A mental health professional can address these and other challenges in a thoughtful way that includes input from the entire family. The families that visit our office in Elk Grove, CA come to us with both short-term and long-term issues. Regardless of your reason for scheduling an appointment, we’re here to provide quality support.
What Happens During Family Therapy?
Therapy sessions differ based on the needs of the individual family but every family can expect compassionate care from our trained staff.
Your therapist, counselor, or other mental health professional will begin your session by introducing themselves and getting to know each member of your family. After both sides have asked questions and become familiar, you can expect your provider to:
- Diagnose. Your provider will learn more about the reason you’ve reached out and work to diagnose your family’s particular concern.
- Treat. As you continue your sessions, your provider will guide you through a treatment plan that works for the entire family. It will include custom goals and a variety of treatment methods such as talk therapy and self-care recommendations.
- Prevent. Your therapist or counselor will provide tips that can help prevent or reduce future problems. This may include coping techniques for children and adults.
If you would like to get started with a family therapist, please contact us at Thriveworks in Elk Grove, CA.
Make a Family Counseling Appointment With Thriveworks in Elk Grove, CA
Every family has its conflicts. It’s a normal part of working together as a unit. If you need help resolving trauma, dealing with grief, or managing another concern, please reach out to a Thriveworks team member for assistance.
Our offices have extended opening and closing hours, and we offer weekend and evening counseling sessions. New clients can often book a same- or next-day appointment to be seen by a provider. Additionally, we offer a flexible cancellation policy and accept many different types of insurance.
To begin your family’s wellness journey, please reach out to us at Thriveworks in Elk Grove, CA.