The German scholar Max Muller once stated, “A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.” A loving environment is critical to a child’s emotional development. Usually children can find that warm environment at home, with their family. Families should be a safe system in which someone can grow and discover who they are without fear. But families aren’t perfect. Family members can experience adverse situations, conflicts, and mental health conditions. And when one person suffers, the whole family suffers. But fortunately there’s a way to get help for your family when domestic life becomes overwhelming.
Family therapy at Thriveworks in Spring, TX can facilitate mutual understanding, healing, and improved communication. The licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) at Thriveworks have the clinical experience, training in family therapy, and compassion to help couples and families find solutions for their specific issues. Family counseling can also be an exceptional way to put safeguards in place to prevent future problems. It’s a way of maintaining harmony at home.
What Are the Indications for Family Therapy?
People often seek marriage and family therapy when their relationships are in crisis, but issues don’t need to be acute to benefit from interpersonal counseling. Mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Spring, TX can help reinforce existing strengths in relationships, and provide meaningful insights into thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. That being said, the specific issues that might bring loved ones to family therapy include the following:
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Postpartum depression
- Anxiety and anxiety disorders
- Anorexia or bulimia
- Behavioral problems or “acting out”
- Support for neurodiverse children
- Substance abuse or addiction issues
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Financial stress
- Marital stress
- Social work needs
- Juvenile delinquency or crime
- Blended family issues
- Reproductive issues
- Conflict and tension in family relationships
- Emotional or verbal abuse
- Intermittent explosive disorder
- Chronic illness
- Caregiver burnout
- Conflicting parenting styles
A family counselor can develop a treatment plan around particular issues, though sometimes the issue is a symptom of a deeper dynamic in the family. If one family member has depression, for example, an LMFT can refer that person for individual counseling while continuing the family sessions to address group dynamics. This can aid in healing for everyone involved.
What Is the Role of the Counselor in Family Therapy?
In family therapy, a licensed counselor’s role is to facilitate communication and problem-solving with insights, sensitivity, authority, and leadership. A family counselor will also help everyone see situations from each other’s point of view. An LMFT at Thriveworks in Spring, TX may use any of the following therapeutic modalities to achieve a family’s therapy goals:
- Structural, which assesses the roles of family members
- Systemic, which explores family systems
- Narrative, which focuses on personal perspectives
- Transgenerational, which looks at conflicts from a generational standpoint
- Milan, which sees the body as a system guided by natural behavior
- Strategic, which attempts to examine and redirect patterns of behavior
A family counselor might use techniques like mindfulness or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to get long term results. Their job is not to assign blame, but to help find solutions.
What Are the Benefits of Family Therapy?
Every family comes to therapy with different goals in mind, but some of these goals might overlap. Often, families benefit from family therapy by achieving the following goals:
- To reconcile
- To improve communication
- To reduce misunderstandings, conflict, and tension
- To forgive, or ask for forgiveness
- To establish healthy boundaries
- To manage anger, anxiety, depression, and other distressing emotions
- To build mutual trust
- To deal with specific external stressors
Family therapy can usually accomplish a family’s goals in 12 sessions or fewer, making it one of the most successful forms of therapy in mental health practice today.
Restore Equilibrium with Family Therapy at Thriveworks in Spring, TX
The family therapists at Thriveworks in Spring, TX are all fully licensed in Texas. Indeed, all Thriveworks mental health providers are fully licensed, nationwide. Thriveworks LMFTs can meet with clients in-person via traditional sessions at the modern office in Spring. They can also meet with clients via online counseling sessions, which take place through a secure, HIPAA-compliant telehealth connection. These virtual sessions are especially convenient for family members who live far apart or are estranged. For someone who has never been to therapy before, online counseling can also help make them feel more comfortable because they can do the sessions from their own familiar surroundings.
Thriveworks mental health providers accept most major forms of health insurance coverage. They also offer affordable self-pay rates for clients paying out of pocket. Thriveworks clients can access their provider between sessions by phone or email.
Thriveworks providers are recruited from the top 4% of applicants, ensuring that clients get premium care at the best rates possible. New clients can call today and potentially see a therapist as early as tomorrow. Contact Thriveworks now to get matched with your exceptional family therapist.