This answer often looks different to each family that starts family therapy. However, some signs that your family might need to consider family counseling include frequent fights or misunderstandings, constant tension, experiencing loss, behavioral issues, marital issues, divorce, and blended family issues, among others.
In family therapy, therapists will often start by asking questions and assessing individual and family dynamics. From there, they may employ therapeutic techniques such as structured family therapy, CBT, strategic family therapy, and more depending on the present concerns and conflicts. From there, a therapist will work to open lines of communication between family members and facilitate emotional healing and growth.
Your parents never listen to you when you talk about your needs and goals. Your sibling is always getting into some kind of trouble, leaving you to suffer the consequences. Your grandparents are close-minded and judge you every time you visit them. Maybe you were raised by your aunt and your mom never bothers to reach out to you even though she only lives an hour away.
Family issues, no matter how big or small they may seem, are hard. Getting into arguments and fights aren’t fun, let alone with those who are supposed to be nearest and dearest to your heart. Many people seek out their family’s support in tough times. Some people don’t have that. Instead, their tough times are because of their family. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t heal.
Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just… start.” – Unknown
Learning to work through our difficult emotions that are caused by our family members can be hard. Thankfully, dedicated licensed family and marriage therapists at Thriveworks Counseling in Glen Burnie can help. They can offer assistance and support you as you work through your difficult feelings, resolve arguments, and reconnect with your family members. If there is something that is standing in your way of living a happier and healthier life, consider reaching out for help. We can help you and your loved ones tackle challenges and see eye to eye. Just give us a call.
But I Don’t Know If Family Therapy Can Help…
If you’re on the fence about whether or not you and your relatives should start family therapy, consider these few questions:
- Do you feel like you’ve done everything you can to resolve arguments and move past your problems?
- Do you feel like no matter how hard you try, your family members don’t listen to what you’re saying?
- Is there a specific challenge that has been particularly rough for everyone involved?
- If nothing changes, do you fear losing those closest to you?
If you answered yes to some, or all, of these questions, family therapy is the best option to save your relationships. Here at Thriveworks Counseling, we see families just like yours for so many different reasons. Here’s a list of common reasons why people choose to work with us:
- Parenting issues
- Behavioral issues in children
- Lack of trust
- Communication problems
- Major life changes like moving or divorce
- Grief and loss
- Financial strain
- Substance abuse
- Mental illness such as anxiety or depression
The list could go on, so don’t worry if the specific challenge you are facing was not outlined above. There is no quick fix for any of these issues, but therapy may give you and your family members the guidance and support you need to get through them. When families are willing to work together, they can break harmful cycles of arguing and learn healthier ways to connect.
What to Expect in Family Therapy
Deciding to seek treatment is a tough but brave choice. It’s not always easy to admit that there’s a problem. Here at our office, our goal is to provide a safe, open, and honest space for you and your loved ones to talk freely about the problems and concerns you are having. When you start working with one of our trusted therapists, they will first assess each individual family member for their specific needs and goals. Doing so allows your therapist to create a custom plan of treatment that focuses on the cracks in your relationships. Maybe the problem is on an individual level and everyone needs to learn how to work around it. Or maybe it’s on a group level and you’re not sure how to cope with the issue.
Family therapy is often short-term meaning you and your loved ones could be finished in as little as nine sessions. As we have touched on before, we understand that each family is different, and so are their needs. If you need a little more time to get through, don’t worry. That’s completely normal. Our goal is to help you all live happier and we will take as long as it needs to get there.
Ready to Get Started? Call Thriveworks in Glen Burnie to Talk to a Family Therapist
Not all problems can be fixed overnight. When it gets too hard to handle, that’s when we can step in to lend a helping hand. You and your loved ones don’t need to live like this forever and you certainly don’t want to lose the relationships you have. If you’re ready to get started to make meaningful changes to your family unit, give us a call and one of our scheduling specialists can help you get started. We have flexible scheduling and can get you in as soon as tomorrow. We look forward to helping you thrive!