The writer and preacher Frederick Buchner once stated, “You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” We carry our families with us throughout our lives, whether or not we keep in close contact with them. Our formative years with our families influence how we see the world, how we interact with others, how we model our own intimate relationships. And so it’s essential that we keep families running as smoothly as possible because they have an impact throughout our lifetimes. That’s where family therapy can come into play.
Family therapy at Thriveworks in Odessa, TX is a safe way for family members to express their feelings about what’s working, and what isn’t, at home. The licensed family therapists at Thriveworks can then help family members find solutions to their individual and collective problems with evidence-based, highly effective, psychotherapy approaches.
How to Decide If Family Counseling Is Right for You?
Most individuals who have been in counseling before understand how helpful therapy sessions can be, no matter what you’re going through. But how do you convince reluctant family members that you can all benefit from seeing a family therapist at Thriveworks in Odessa, TX? If any of the following stressors are present under your roof or in your family at-large, then family therapy will probably be incredibly useful:
- Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD)
- Marriage conflict
- Financial difficulties
- Emotional or verbal abuse
- Chronic illness
- Caregiver burnout
- Special needs children
- Eating disorders
- Behavioral problems and “acting out”
- Substance abuse or addiction
- Blended family difficulties
- Long-lasting grievances and grudges
- Constant fighting and/or tension at home
To convince hesitant family members, just assure them that family therapy at Thriveworks in Odessa, TX is usually brief, solution-focused, and highly effective. The overwhelming majority of families who participate in family therapy sessions walk away with valuable resources to tackle life’s problems together in a healthier way.
Addiction and Families
One issue that crops up in many families is addiction. Addiction can have a negative impact on all family members, not just the individual who is abusing alcohol, drugs, or something else. And sometimes addiction or substance abuse in one family member can be a symptom that there’s a larger problem within the family. Addiction could be a way of acting out or coping when there’s conflict or unexpressed emotion within the family dynamics.
The licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) at Thriveworks in Odessa, TX can help families sort through their feelings surrounding addiction and give all family members the psychological resources they need to improve their well-being and quality of life at home.
How Does Family Therapy Work?
The licensed family therapists at Thriveworks in Odessa, TX use a variety of activities and therapeutic exercises to put everyone at their ease and open the door to emotional insights. Those insights might include learning how to do the following:
- Be more emotionally forthcoming
- Reduce tension at home
- Forgive, or ask for forgiveness
- Reinforce your family’s strengths
- Manage anger
- Empathize with each other
- Listen to each other’s perspectives
- Recognize implicit rules and codes of behavior
- Make healthy boundaries
- Improve communication with neutral or “I” language
- Recognize emotional triggers
- Rebuild trust in each other
Family therapists at Thriveworks in Odessa, TX can also help identify individual family members who may need additional support in the form of substance abuse counseling, depression counseling, anxiety counseling, psychiatric treatment, or something else.
When you and your family members meet with a Thriveworks family therapist in Odessa, TX, you can choose one of three options: in-person counseling, online (virtual) counseling, or a hybrid model. The family therapists at Thriveworks like to give plentiful options so everyone can meet at their comfort level, at their convenience. The emotional work of therapy can be hard enough without struggling to make appointments. We also like to make family therapy affordable at Thriveworks: our licensed counselors accept most health insurance.
Reap the Rewards of Family Therapy at Thriveworks in Odessa, TX
Don’t wait until you and your family members are estranged or incommunicado to start a relationship with a licensed family therapist at Thriveworks in Odessa, TX. Our therapists can help you now, before you’re in crisis. When you call the Thriveworks office during our extended business hours, you can reach a human being, not a voicemail, who can answer all your questions and schedule your initial appointment. We can usually get you in to see a top-rated, highly qualified, fully licensed family therapist within 24-48 hours of your call. You’ll also receive additional enrollment benefits like email and phone access to your provider between sessions.
Show your family how much you care by booking a family therapy session at Thriveworks in Odessa, TX. We look forward to hearing from you!