If you think back to your last family gathering, what do you remember most? You may remember tight hugs, cheerful greetings, and laughs shared over Sunday dinner. Or, like many people, you could recall exasperated sighs, rolling eyes, heated arguments, or the loud sound of “the silent treatment.”
Family relationships are some of the most challenging connections we face as human beings. Families are often composed of many unique individuals with distinctive personalities, opinions, and characteristics. It’s easy to disagree with one another, but not always as easy to get everyone back on the same page again.
If your family is having trouble navigating a problematic situation or transition or just can’t seem to stop fighting, family therapy or counseling at Thriveworks Counseling can help. Our team of mental health professionals in Palo Alto, CA can show your family how to reconnect with one another and work together to overcome the challenges you’re facing. Schedule your first therapy session by calling our office and speaking with a friendly team member who can help your family get started.
When To Consider Family Therapy
No family is perfect and even the most robust family systems experience breakdowns now and again. Disagreements are bound to come up as you grow and change together, regardless of how well you get along. Family therapy or counseling can show you how to resolve those disagreements and maintain stronger connections long term.
Family therapy or counseling can help strengthen and maintain healthy family relationships, but people often seek professional support to resolve conflict, repair strained relationships, or address stressful situations. Some common reasons families decide to pursue counseling include the following:
- Breakdowns in communication
- Major life changes or transitions
- Grief or loss of a loved one
- Sibling rivalry
- Childbirth or adoption
- Remarriage and blending families
- Behavioral problems in children or adults
- Substance abuse or addiction
- Change in family dynamic, roles, or responsibilities
- Financial changes
- Divorce or separation
- Mental health issues
- Stress caused by chronic illness
- Differing religious or political views
If your family is struggling with any of these specific issues, or you’re having trouble overcoming your differences, a licensed therapist or counselor at Thriveworks in Palo Alto, CA can help right away. We can often accommodate new clients within 24 to 48 hours so you can get the support you need quickly.
How Family Therapy Can Help
Opposition and animosity within family systems are not uncommon, but even the toughest conflicts can be resolved with time, patience, and a little bit of help. Working with a family therapist or counselor can help you reconnect with your family members and tackle the issues that are making waves between you.
When you begin family counseling, your therapist might conduct individual sessions with each family member to better understand their respective concerns and point of view. After considering each person’s personality, emotional state, past experiences, preferences, and unique perspective, your provider will create a customized treatment plan to address the specific issues your family is experiencing.
Family therapy is a highly personalized experience and your treatment plan may vary depending on your problems or situation. Your family’s treatment plan may include one or multiple forms of therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), systemic family therapy, or structural family therapy. Other forms of therapy may be recommended for individual family members to address issues that affect your family system, such as depression therapy or addiction counseling.
When you begin family therapy or counseling, you’ll learn the skills you need to take on the world as a team. Family therapy or counseling can help you and your family members learn how to understand and appreciate your differences, communicate more effectively, and solve problems together. These skills can help you resolve conflict quickly and maintain harmonious, respectful family relationships long-term.
The counselors and therapists at Thriveworks Counseling in Palo Alto, CA can help your family work through their most demanding challenges with compassion and patience. When you’re ready, you can begin family counseling in-person or online and meet with your provider in whichever way is most comfortable and convenient for your family.
Schedule Family Therapy at Thriveworks Counseling in Palo Alto, CA
At Thriveworks, we make it simple to connect your entire family with an experienced therapist or counselor and provide you with the tools you need to keep growing and strengthening your relationships in between sessions. Call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Palo Alto, CA or use our convenient online scheduling system to get started.
Thriveworks families can look forward to the following membership benefits:
- Online counseling opportunities
- Evening and weekend appointments available
- Many insurance plans accepted
- Phone and email access to providers in between therapy sessions
- Exclusive online video content
- Flexible 23.5 hour cancellation policy
Your family is important to you, and at Thriveworks, that matters to us. Connect with us in Palo Alto, CA today to set up your first family therapy or counseling appointment.