No one enjoys arguing, bickering, and cold shoulders, especially when it’s with family members. Despite these feelings, families often experience events and arguments that go on for days, weeks, months, even years. One toxic relationship can cause a massive rift in the family unit that results in years of no communication. Take this situation between two cousins, for example.
Maddie and her cousin Ainsley were inseparable growing up. Ainsley often looked up to Maddie and drew inspiration from her older cousin through the way she dressed, spoke, and even handled tough conversations with friends. As they grew older, Maddie got into a serious relationship with her partner which caused Ainsley to feel upset and left out. To get back at Maddie, Ainsley spread a horrible rumor about Maddie’s partner to the family and caused their family to despise her partner for months before they said anything. When confronted, Ainsley denied any wrongdoing and didn’t feel sorry about her actions. Now it’s been a year since Ainsley and Maddie spoke and Maddie is still rebuilding relationships with her aunt and grandparents.
Whether it’s with a sibling, parent, cousin, grandparent, aunt, or uncle, turmoil happens. If not addressed in a healthy manner quickly, arguments can turn into situations like Maddie and Ainsley. If your family is struggling to get past a specific challenge or just needs help communicating better, a family therapist at Thriveworks New Jersey can help. Our licensed marriage and family therapists have the training, education, and experience to help families through a myriad of issues and are ready to help you and yours. To get started, reach out to our office and one of our scheduling specialists can get you set up with an appointment.
Family Therapy: Identifying Root Issues as Individuals and a Group
A lot of the time, individual issues and concerns can be the root cause of the challenges families face as a whole. For example, Ainsley struggles with communication, jealousy, anxiety, and mood swings. Although these are things that she struggles with as an individual, several of her family members are battling the effects of her concerns. A family therapist can help provide each family member with effective tools and communication skills to work together to repair relationships, understand each other more, and tackle challenges together. Family counselors can help in areas such as:
- Unresolved conflicts between family members
- Adolescent issues
- Child inattentiveness
- Hyperactivity behaviors
- Mood swings
- Divorce and separation issues
It would be nearly impossible to list every concern or challenge that a family may face. Our counselors have helped many families work through the issues above and more. Getting the help you need not only improves the family unit as a whole, but each individual member, too.
What to Expect in Family Therapy
Family therapy and counseling is often short-term, meaning that you and your loved ones could resolve conflicts and move forward in as little as nine sessions. We understand that every family is unique so don’t feel discouraged if you and your loved ones take longer than nine sessions. There is no “right” answer to therapy. Depending on the family members in attendance and the topic being discussed, each therapy session can vary in the techniques being used and tools being taught. Qualified therapists are adept at helping you in the following areas:
- Ways to support one another through troubled times
- How to reduce conflict and quarrels and grow stronger
- Better understanding differences
- How to effectively problem-solve
- Improved communication between family members
- How to actively listen
Thriveworks New Jersey’s online family counselors can help you achieve these things and more. Our online therapy sessions can be held over the phone or via video chat. Both options are great and are proven to be just as effective as in-person counseling. There are also added benefits of online counseling including comfort, convivence, ease, and reliability. You and your loved ones don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home to speak with your counselor. Whether you choose telephone or video chat counseling, we are dedicated to providing you with the same quality care you deserve.
Start a Relationship with an Online Family Therapist at Thriveworks New Jersey Counseling
If you’ve been searching for a reliable, dedicated counselor to help address the conflicts and challenges in your family, look no further. We have family therapists on staff who have the right skills to help you and your family get back to a better place.
When you call to set up your appointment, a scheduling specialist will answer the phone and guide you through our quick and easy scheduling process. We have flexible appointment options including evening and weekend sessions. In addition, our location does not have a waitlist so you can be sure to get the help you need as soon as you call.
We hope to hear from you soon and we look forward to working with you and your loved ones.