Every individual is, in part, a product of the environment they grew up in. Family plays an important role in our development, as each person in the family impacts, and is impacted by, the other family members. Family therapy brings parents, siblings, and extended family members into the treatment process.
Intended to strengthen your family life, family therapy may be helpful to:
- Resolve a specific issue
- Prepare the family for a major life change such as a divorce or remarriage
- Address the role that family plays in an individual’s life
- Cope with children or adolescents who are struggling with mental or emotional troubles
Sometimes, family therapy is used as a complementary therapy for individuals, children, and adolescents. By providing encouragement and education, the family is better able to support one another through life’s many journeys.
Evaluating issues in family therapy can help you:
- Understand how your family functions
- Identify strengths and weaknesses within your family system
- Set goals and develop strategies to resolve challenges
- Improve communication skills
- Make your entire family stronger
When Families Separate
It’s sad when a family falls apart, for whatever reason. It is important to realize that, although you and your partner are no longer lovers and may not even be friends anymore, you are co-parents. Co-parenting counseling can assist you in sharing the responsibility of raising your children in a cooperative, healthy situation. We provide a safe, neutral environment to discuss the best interests of the child while giving you input and feedback when appropriate. Co-parents can gain skills for clearly defined, respectful communication.
Co-parenting counseling focuses on:
- Communicating effectively
- Learning how to put the needs of the child as first priority
- Coping with strong emotions
- Respecting your co-parent
- Unburdening your children