Family systems can be complex and every unique dynamic comes with its own challenges and problems to overcome. As we grow up, families are instrumental in our social, mental, and physical development. Families shape our worldviews, establish our values, and build lifelong experiences.
However, not every interaction can be positive. Parental approval can have a strong impact on our own self-worth and conflicts between siblings can become more severe or harmful over time. Larger changes like divorce or remarriage may be difficult for children to emotionally process on their own in a healthy manner. These kinds of family issues can contribute to lasting resentment, guilt, behavioral problems, or substance abuse.
Working with a mental health professional can aid families in unpacking these issues, processing uncomfortable emotions, and opening up lines of communication. Clients often find an outsider’s perspective to be helpful in resolving these issues peacefully and effectively.
Thriveworks in Lafayette, IN provides family counseling services to confront specific issues, guide parents through the difficulties of raising children, improve communication between family members, and much more.
When Is the Right Time To Seek Marriage and Family Therapy?
Family counseling can be as nuanced as the individuals that seek it out. Given the interconnected nature of family relationships, counselors are trained to solve a wide array of problems. Our mental health professionals strive to understand your family’s unique dynamics to find a plan that works for you.
It can be difficult to approach the subject of family therapy, particularly when multiple members of the family need counseling. It often feels easier to sidestep the problems or simply distance yourself from family members that you have issues with. That said, it is generally healthier to confront most of these problems directly with the participation of all involved.
Families may seek help from a professional for many reasons, including:
- Coping with separation or divorce
- Behavioral issues
- Death or loss in the family
- Trauma or abuse
- Moving or other major life changes
- Financial issues
- Substance abuse
How Does Family Therapy Work?
Family relationships can define your life, making it all the more important to seek counseling if you feel trapped in a difficult family situation. Family issues left untreated can often lead to deep-rooted feelings of resentment as well as long-term mental or emotional problems.
Conversely, a healthy family can be a force for positive change in your life. While family counselors are equipped to tackle immediate problems, they also seek to understand your family on a deeper level and address the underlying causes of these problems.
As part of family counseling, each person is asked to speak to their own perspective on problems and their origins. Though opening up to a family therapist might feel intimidating at first, many clients find it freeing to gain a neutral perspective and finally work through tough issues together.
The goal for family therapy is not for the therapist to pick a side. Rather, the therapist aims to resolve conflicts in a family without assigning blame. You can learn how to communicate better and acknowledge the feelings and thoughts of others.
A family therapist might not solve a difficult problem outright, instead choosing to empower all the members of a family with the skills necessary for them to solve it themselves. In any case, you and your family can learn to reframe problems as issues to work through together rather than headaches that are someone else’s fault.
Working with a marriage and family therapist can be beneficial for more than just family relationships. Developing conflict resolution and communications skills is valuable for any relationship, and dynamics between family members can often be a blueprint for how you approach your interactions with others.
Schedule Family Therapy at Thriveworks in Lafayette, IN
If difficulties in your family are straining your bonds and affecting the way you live your life, it may be time for you to pursue family counseling. The mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Lafayette, IN are happy to help you get on the road to a better family system.
Scheduling therapy can be difficult, particularly when multiple family members are involved. For your convenience, Thriveworks offers options for evening and weekend sessions, as well as telehealth visits by phone or video chat. We strive for flexibility and also accept many insurance plans.
Enrollment with Thriveworks also includes a number of other benefits, such as:
- Advice via email or phone throughout the week
- 24-hour Q&A with one of our life improvement coaches
- Appointment confirmation/rescheduling and billing assistance via text message
- Our Therapy Buddy mobile app to help you get the most out of your appointments
Family relationships can be difficult but help is available! Call Thriveworks in Lafayette, IN to secure an appointment in as little as 24 hours.