When many people describe their personal goals for life, having a vibrant family is often near the top of the list. Whether they want or come from a medium, small, or large family, a lot of people desire warm relationships as brothers, sisters, wives, husbands, children, parents, uncles, aunts, and grandparents.
Family is a strong cultural value because people often receive purpose and identity from their families. Parents provide and model values for their children. Children emulate, grow, and then contribute when they can. Each person gives. Each person receives. In the process, people connect, find happiness, and pass down a legacy to each generation—at least that is how families can work when life is balanced.
But life knocks families off equilibrium all the time. It is common knowledge that families do not always function as they should. Families are systems—i.e., each person affects every other person. Many times, the effect is beneficial. Many times, the effect is harmful. Finding balance can be a challenge, but it is usually worth the effort. Having the perspective of someone outside of the family may help.
That is why Thriveworks Virginia Beach provides family therapy. Our counselors and psychologists know that working together as a family is hard. All families have challenges. All families need occasional help when they are out of balance. Family therapy at Thriveworks Virginia Beach may be able to help your family reestablish equilibrium.
Which TV families have you followed? The Bradys. The Cleavers. The Huxtables. The Arnolds. The Gilmores. The Winslows. The Bluths. The Bravermans. The Tanners. Most likely, you have followed the ups and downs of these or other fictional families. The most popular TV families often gain their popularity because they show how rich and vibrant family life can be, but they also show how hard it can be too.
Families vary in their socio-economic status, ethnicity, religion, size, and more. However, one thing is the same: every family faces hardship to one degree or another. How individual family members respond to the hardship will determine whether the family grows closer together or more disconnected.
Family life can change in a moment. When crisis hits one member, it hits everyone to some degree. Unforeseen circumstances can blindside and disorient families. One moment, everyone’s needs are met, and everyone knows their role. The next moment, everything is different. Such crises may include…
- Loss of a family member
- Loss of a job
- Loss of the family’s home
- An accident that causes an injury or disability
- Financial crisis/stress
Not every crisis strikes quickly. Sometimes, trouble begins slowly and grows with time. Without intervention, families can realize that a situation that was once manageable is now overwhelming them. On-going crises may include…
- Mental illness
- Providing care for a handicapped or chronically ill family member
- Domestic abuse
Why Family Therapy?
All families will face difficulty at some point. However, not all difficulty has to cause division. Families can work together to overcome their challenges, and they can grow closer together in the process. Family therapy may help by …
- Utilizing systemic and calming techniques to resolve differences among family members.
- Teach healthy communication styles and facilitate dialogue within the family.
- Acknowledge and explore ways the family could support one another through difficult times.
The therapists at Thriveworks Virginia Beach love helping families name their challenges and find solutions for them. Along the way, families often find healthy ways to connection. Our therapists want families to come to a greater understanding of their own family and each individual member. Our therapists also understand how…
- The challenge is the real challenge—not the family or individual who asks for help.
- There is always opportunity for compromise and dialogue.
- Listening, understanding, and empathizing can help any situation.
- Each individual family member needs a voice.
Making an Appointment for Family Counseling
Has a crisis struck your family unexpectedly and left you blindsided? Or has it started slowly but grown into an unmanageable situation? There is no magic formula for familial harmony. Family therapy takes work, but people often experience the benefits of their efforts. Thriveworks Virginia Beach has appointments for family counseling available.
When you call our office, know that our goal is to provide you with excellent care from the first time you dial our number throughout the entirety of your treatment. A person will answer your call and help schedule an appointment that is convenient for you. We offer evening and weekend appointments, and many first-time clients see their therapist within 24 hours. We also accept many forms of insurance.
Is your family ready to re-establish balance? Call Thriveworks VA Beach today to meet with a family therapist or psychologist.