Kelsie loves to see her mom and dad. Even though she’s not calling every week as she did for the first month of her undergraduate studies, she likes knowing that they share a close bond and that no matter what, they’ll always be there. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been issues; though they’re always there to talk, her parents often say disparaging things about her lifestyle choices, and especially her job. Though she believes that she works hard, Kelsie’s parents refuse to acknowledge the validity of her achievements and personal values. She wants to see them for the holidays this year, but the anxiety and resentment she feels over their lack of respect is beginning to eat at her.
Like Kelsie, family is the most important thing for a lot of folks. It’s not hard to understand why. Our families are the first relationships that we form, from the time we’re children up until adulthood and onward. And just like with any relationship, maintaining solid familial relationships takes time and effort, and there are always going to be rough patches. The trouble occurs when these rough patches start snowballing into dysfunctional interactions that can threaten a household’s stability.
Often, family relationships can be damaged because of how close we are to each other; it makes it far easier to cross boundaries with those we know the best. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to dissolve conflict when the individuals involved aren’t sure of how to resolve it; hurtful words or actions can do damage for years. Families who are experiencing unhealthy relationship dynamics might see instances of the following:
- Feelings of resentment that are unable to be addressed or resolved
- Reluctance to meet each other or schedule together
- Alcohol or drug addiction, possibly as a coping mechanism
- Child or teen behavioral issues
- Anxiety over financial issues or relationship difficulties
- Undiagnosed mental health conditions or disorders like major depression or OCD
Perhaps some of these symptoms of a dysfunctional family dynamic resonate with you. Maybe you’re in a position where talking about these problems seems impossible, scary, or just downright wrong. But thankfully, you’re not on your own. Instead of facing these issues alone, family counseling might be able to offer you and your loved ones the stability and tools necessary to find solutions to the issues that have divided you. Our qualified team of mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Gulfport, MS can provide you with what you need to navigate to a better place—together.
Family Counseling: A Better Way Forward
Some families or individuals within a family find themselves resistant to seeing family counseling as a valid way to improve the quality of their relations with relatives. Though the answers to that may vary, family matters are often private, and deciding to open up and discuss personal issues with someone, even a licensed counselor, can be tough. Instead of looking at family counseling as a defeat, Thriveworks in Gulfport, MS thinks differently.
We view family counseling as having the potential to bring relatives closer together, and one of the vital factors in that process is having your family engage with one of our mental health professionals. Family counseling is a way to:
- Strengthen your relationship with your loved ones by utilizing a safe space for each of you to speak candidly about your experience
- Foster compassion and encourage compromise towards one another
- Improve your communication skills and become a better listener
At Thriveworks, our counselors aren’t trained to judge you or shame you. We’re propelled by our non-stop growth mindset, and we focus on the ways that we can improve the lives of our clients through an emphasis on vulnerability and healing.
Deciding To Schedule Family Counseling at Thriveworks in Gulfport, MS
We get it: Your family matters, and keeping everyone together is what’s most important to you. Thriveworks in Gulfport, MS has the professionals to help you stay on course, and find new ways to approach issues and resolve them together. Still, we know that family life can be time-consuming. It might seem like throwing counseling sessions into the mix is simply too much.
Thriveworks understands that your time is valuable. That’s why we offer clients our online counseling option, where you and your family can still get the same support and quality mental health services you want without wasting time commuting to the office or coordinating schedules to make sure everyone can attend. As long as all of you have a good internet connection and somewhere private to talk with relatives and your counselor, you’re set.
We also offer competitive, top-of-the-line benefits for those who enroll with us, such as:
- 24/7 Q&A with our life coaches
- Access to our ebook, “Leaving Depression Behind” and other valuable electronic resources
- Some weekend and evening availability usually not offered by other providers
- Ability to email your counselor in-between appointments as needed
- No waitlist
If you and your family could benefit from the healing and reconciliation offered by family counseling, we encourage you to call our office in Gulfport, MS. While family counseling isn’t a reset button, it can help you and your family find solid ground once again.