When many people step back and reflect upon their top priorities, having a healthy family is usually near the top of the list. Whether the family is small, medium, or large, people often desire vibrant relationships as wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, children, and cousins.
Family is an important cultural value to many people because their purpose and identity is often linked to their family. Parents assume a certain role and expectation to care for their children. Children grow, develop, and give back as they are able. Each member receives benefits. Each member contributes. In the process, people often feel connected, happy, and fulfilled.
But everyone knows, families often run into difficulty and can get knocked off-balance. It happens all the time. When one person faces a challenge, often everyone else is affected. When members of a family unit are working against each other instead of for each other, it may be time to ask for outside help. Thriveworks Kennesaw, GA in Cobb County provides family therapy because being a family is hard. Every family needs help when they face challenges that could tear them apart, and our therapists may be able to support your family through the challenge, work with you to fulfill each member’s mental health needs, and help you grow closer in the process.
Life’s Disturbances and Family Challenges
The Huxtables. The Bradys. The Gilmores. The Winslows. The Tanners. The Bravermans. The Bluths. The Cleavers. The Arnolds. These are some of TV’s most famous families, and for many, they modeled how loving, dedicated, and vibrant families could be. Part of the reason for their popularity is that they also faced realistic and difficult challenges.
Life can and often does change in an instant. When a crisis strikes one family member, the whole unit is affected to one degree or another. Unexpected disturbances can leave families blindsided and disoriented. Therapy can guide families toward healthy, connected responses during disturbances such as…
- An accident that causes injury or disability
- Death of a family member
- Loss of the family’s home
- Loss of a job
- Financial stress or crisis
Not every challenge that families face is a crisis. Some begin slowly and grow with time. Like a crisis, these are usually not anyone’s fault, but if left unaddressed, they may overwhelm the family. Therapy can help families handle on-going challenges such as…
- Caring for a handicapped or physically ill family member
- Mental illness
- Marital conflict
- Parenting challenges
Why Choose Family Therapy?
Many of life’s challenges have solutions, but finding the path forward in the middle of on-going tension or a crisis is really hard. Therapy may give an outside perspective that a family needs to move forward. Here are a few examples of how therapy might help. A skilled therapist may …
- Reopen any barriers to communication that have formed.
- Use calming and integrated techniques to find resolutions to any differences individuals have.
- Design ways for each family member to express their needs and how they can give and receive support.
Family systems therapy and family structural therapy are the two most common forms of family therapy. They rest upon the idea that each individual family member has a unique role and identity from the family, and people are best understood in the context of their family.
The goal of family therapy is to help each member by helping the family as a whole. Therapy may examine how a family copes with stress, takes on certain roles, sets their expectations, and more. A skilled therapist may also delve into each family member’s communication style, birth order, love language, and/or personality type.
Work with a Family Therapist or Psychologist at Thriveworks Kennesaw in Cobb County
The counselors and psychologists at Thriveworks Kennesaw provide family therapy, and they have helped many families learn to connect in healthy ways. We want to help families understand the problems they face and learn how to overcome them. Our counselors…
- Know that the individual or family who asks for help is not the problem—the problem is the problem.
- Find space for dialogue and compromise.
- Offer everyone empathy and understanding.
- Empower each individual to speak up and express their needs.
Is an on-going challenge causing tension is your family? Has a curveball thrown your family out of sync? Family therapy is not a quick-fix or magic formula, but many families have re-established balance through therapy.
The goal at Thriveworks Kennesaw in Cobb County is to provide clients with first-rate care from the first time they call our office. That’s why a person will answer your call and help you schedule an appointment. That’s why we offer evening and weekend appointments and work with most insurance providers. Call today.