If someone asked you to describe your family in a few words, what would they be? Would you use words likesupportive, uplifting, or fun-loving? Or would you use adjectives like disjointed, resentful, and chaotic? If your family falls more into the latter grouping of words, you should know you are not alone, and that help is available.
Family relationships are complicated and sometimes difficult to navigate. While your family may share some values or points of view, each individual has a distinct personality, life goals, and experiences. These variations can make it impossible to see eye-to-eye all the time.
It’s normal for families to disagree and have periods of highs and lows. But if the low points are becoming more frequent or your relationships are growing increasingly strained, family therapy can help you work out your differences.
The licensed mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Green Bay, WI are experienced and passionate about improving the bonds between family members. When you’re ready to repair and rebuild your family relationships, give us a call to set up your first family therapy appointment.
When Should I Consider Therapy for My Family?
Families seek counseling for various reasons. Family therapy can pull you from the depths of a crisis or guide you through a challenging transition. Whether you are hoping to restore peace within your household, repair broken trust, or something else entirely, family counseling can help you build toward a brighter future together.
Some common reasons families seek counseling with a therapist include:
- Strained relationships or estrangement
- Conflict resolution
- Divorce or separation
- Behavioral problems
- Breakdown in communication
- Substance abuse or addiction
- Loss of a loved one
- Blended families
Family therapy can be for every member of your family, from children to grandparents and everyone in between. There is no wrong time to begin counseling for your family — even if you get along great, family therapy at Thriveworks in Green Bay, WI can help you learn skills to maintain healthy relationships long term. As long as there is an aspect of your family dynamic that you’d like to work on and you’re committed to doing so, family therapy can help.
What Can My Family Expect From Family Counseling?
Whether your family members are at war with each other or you are in the midst of a major life change, family therapy can help you learn to communicate effectively and solve problems collaboratively.
Family therapy is largely focused on opening lines of communication between family members, helping you understand one another, and giving you tools to resolve issues that come up between you. You’ll also work on building trust and respect so you can feel safe and comfortable opening up to your loved ones, knowing they’ll be receptive and accepting of your feelings.
Your family’s counseling experience will be personalized, built around the specific issues you are facing. A family and marriage therapist may meet with each of you individually, getting to know your individual personalities and concerns, and learn how your family systems and roles affect your relationship.
Your family may also participate in group therapy sessions with your counselor or therapist. These sessions will give you the opportunity to air your grievances with the help of a neutral mediator and work together as a family to find solutions to your problems. You’ll learn valuable skills to improve your communication with each other and you’ll hone your ability to actively listen, empathize, and compromise.
The lessons you and your family members take away from family counseling can help you build stronger relationships with each other but can also extend to your other relationships, too. When you actively apply learned communication techniques to other social interactions, you may notice that your friendships, intimate relationships, and professional encounters improve as well.
If you are ready to resolve the issues coming between you and your family members, a therapist at Thriveworks in Green Bay, WI is ready to help.
Schedule Family Therapy at Thriveworks in Green Bay, WI
If getting the entire family together for Sunday dinner is already a major task, coordinating schedules for family therapy may seem like a laughable challenge. At Thriveworks, we know you all have busy schedules so we offer online counseling appointments by phone or video to make it easier to get your family the help they need. We also offer flexible appointment times throughout the week, including evenings and weekends.
When you join the Thriveworks family, you can look forward to the following additional benefits:
- Same or next-day appointments
- 5-hour cancellation policy
- Many insurance plans accepted
- Access to the Therapy Buddy app
Family relationships are complicated but they don’t have to be disjointed. Family counseling at Thriveworks in Green Bay, WI can help restore your loving relationships and make the next family gathering a peaceful, fun-filled event. When you’re ready to give family therapy a try, give us a call or click our booking tool to set up an appointment.