Shelby’s dad wasn’t very present during her childhood. He has never been a good communicator and she envies her friends’ relationships with their dads. In just a few months, Shelby will be getting married and she’s struggling to find a way to include her dad in the wedding that feels right.
After talking to some of her friends, Shelby feels more confused than ever before. On one hand, Shebly doesn’t think her dad deserves to be a part of her wedding. On the other hand, her dad is her dad and she doesn’t want to regret not including him. She’s constantly thinking:
- If I don’t let him walk me down the aisle, will he be offended?
- I want my first dance to be special but I just don’t feel like he deserves the spotlight.
- If I include my mom in more activities, will people wonder about what happened with my dad?
- Will my dad not help out with wedding costs if he doesn’t play a part?
Shelby and her dad have a lot of issues to work through before her big day. Luckily, marriage and family therapists have training in family-based issues and can help people like you, and Shelby, get help in your relationships.
At Thriveworks Counseling in St. Louis, MO, our family counselors are licensed professionals in the mental health field. They’re dedicated, compassionate, and offer holistic plans of care to every one of their clients. If you and your loved ones have some unresolved issues to work through or just need a space to talk openly without judgment, consider working with us.
What Is Family Therapy All About?
Family therapy is designed to help you tackle any friction that is going on in your family unit. Like in the questions we asked above, there are many different reasons why families choose to go to counseling. Family therapy is generally short-term, meaning that most clients will finish in as little as nine sessions.
When first starting your treatment, your counselor will sit down and take every individual’s personal concerns and goals into consideration. By doing this, our mental health professionals can better understand every aspect of your family and the problems you are experiencing. With the information they gather, they will create a unique treatment plan that is specific to you and your loved ones.
The goal of family therapy is to work together to heal any mental, emotional, or psychological problems that are tearing your family apart. To accomplish this, a variety of methods and techniques may be used. Structural therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, traditional talk therapy, strategic therapy, narrative therapy, and play therapy are all examples.
These will help you improve your communication skills, learn how to listen to one another better, improve compassion, and practice healthy problem-solving techniques. At Thriveworks in Saint Louis, we want to equip you with all the tools and skills you need to live in harmony.
What Types of Familial Issues Are Discussed?
Maybe your kids won’t stop arguing over little things. Perhaps you’re moving across the country and you want to repair your relationship with your mom before you go. The professional counselors at our office can help you work through a wide range of family relationship problems.
Some of the more common reasons why families choose to work with us include:
- Sibling rivalry
- Poor communication skills
- Divorce or separation
- Financial strain or stress
- Major life changes such as moving to a new city
- Behavioral problems in children and teens
- Parenting disagreements
- Mental illness such as anxiety and depression
- Past trauma and grievances
- Substance abuse and addiction
This list does not include all of the areas in which we can assist. It would be virtually impossible to list all of the areas in which our mental health professionals are trained to help you and your loved ones.
Our goal is to provide you and your family members with a safe, open, and honest environment to talk freely about the issues you are having. Sometimes you need an unbiased, outside perspective to help you all meet in the middle. Through therapy, your family can improve your communication, learn how to effectively problem-solve, regain trust, establish familial roles, and more.
Schedule a Family Therapy Session at Thriveworks Counseling in St. Louis, MO
You and your loved ones deserve to live a happy, stress-free life together. Nothing is more important than establishing healthy relationships with those who are nearest to us. If you and your family are ready to make meaningful changes in your relationships, you’re in the right place.
Thriveworks Counseling in St. Louis is dedicated to providing client-focused care, every step of the way. When you’re ready to schedule your first appointment, simply give our office a call. One of our exceptional scheduling specialists will help you find an appointment time that works best for everyone.
Let’s start this journey together.