This answer often looks different to each family that starts family therapy. However, some signs that your family might need to consider family counseling include frequent fights or misunderstandings, constant tension, experiencing loss, behavioral issues, marital issues, divorce, and blended family issues, among others.
Parker and his mother have had a tense dynamic brewing for months. Though they’ve gotten along at certain points in the past, Parker’s mom has oftentimes been overbearing, and as a result, Parker prefers to keep his distance. When they see each other during the holidays, or on the rare instances where they both agree to meet up, they spend most of their moments together communicating passive-aggressively. While Parker doesn’t want to keep adding to the ongoing tension with his mother, he’s not quite sure how to get closer to her, while still being able to avoid her controlling tendencies.
Yet deep down, Parker knows that it will be better for him, his mother, and his family if they are able to reconnect—so he wants to try. That’s why Parker and his mom have decided to schedule family therapy. By talking to a mental health professional together, they hope to turn a new page in their relationship and reconcile.
Perhaps like Parker and his mother, you also feel held back by negative family relationships and dynamics that have complicated your life. But you aren’t alone; turning to a family therapist at Thriveworks in San Antonio, TX could offer you a solution. A family therapist could be the answer you’ve been searching for—and with their help, you may be able to find solid ground once more.
Does Our Family Need to Talk with a Family Therapist?
Whether or not you and your family need to see a therapist depends on your situation and personal opinions—it’s a consensus you’ll need to reach together. However, it may be helpful to keep in mind that there are several indications of negative family dynamics that you can watch out for, including:
- Undiagnosed mental health conditions or disorders
- Alcohol or drug addiction
- Physical or verbal abuse
- Feelings of resentment or hostility
- Unruly behavioral issues in children or teens
- Persistent anxiety over financial issues or relationship difficulties
Our mental health professionals at Thriveworks in San Antonio, TX are committed to improving the bonds that you all share. Their goal is to improve the lines of communication within your family. With a family therapist’s guidance, you may be able to re-establish trust and love between family members that have grown distant.
How Can Family Therapy Help Us?
When you and your relatives talk with one of our family therapists, they can assist you all by:
- Mediating tough conversations, and providing assistance as you engage in balanced dialogue and candid discussion
- Creating and promoting newfound respect for personal boundaries and healthy communication
- Working through mental health conditions with family members to find new emotional balance and well-being
- Offering encouragement, enabling you to empathize and compromise with one another
Family therapists may also encourage relatives to take time to engage with one another during sessions so that they are able to understand dynamics happening at home or outside of the session space. This offers family members the opportunity to vent their feelings in a safe space, while relying on a therapist for emotional support. Talking with a therapist may help relatives who feel uncomfortable talking about their emotions to feel empowered to do so healthily.
Don’t forget—we offer added flexibility and convenience with our online counseling options. With virtual sessions, your family can still attend counseling sessions together, regardless of the distance between each of you. Schedule an online family counseling session, and create a time to connect with your relatives across the country. As long as everyone has a reliable internet connection and somewhere private to talk, the whole family can reconnect and grow together.
Schedule Family Therapy at Thriveworks in San Antonio, TX Today
If you and your relatives are ready to start healing together with the help of a family therapist, call Thriveworks in San Antonio, TX today. Our scheduling specialists are standing by, and are available seven days a week. They’ll help you with each step of the process. Thriveworks clients also have instant access to exclusive perks, like:
- Scheduling assistance from our specialists, 7 days a week
- Weekend and evening session availability
- Email contact with your provider in-between session
- Our Q&A ask-a-coach chat line: for your questions that can’t wait till the next session
- And many other benefits
Consider if choosing to seek family therapy could be a proactive step toward building better, healthier connections between you and your family members. It’s never easy to navigate turmoil in our close relationships, but our family therapists can offer hope, guidance, and direction for your family’s challenges. There’s no shame in turning to the support of a mental health professional for your family’s benefit. Call our office in San Antonio, TX today, and team up with a family therapist at Thriveworks.