How is your family environment and engagement? Many people believe the family home should be a safe and secure place for all family members. You might be experiencing changes in life situations and circumstances that affect your family dynamic from functioning as well as you like. If your family is experiencing one or more of the issues, Family Care Center can help you with services of a qualified professional marriage and family therapist:
Family members have difficulty functioning in their normal capacity. Do you feel an “energy drain” in your family? Things that used to be routine and normal are now burdensome?
Family members tend to have extreme emotional reactions. Do members of your family exhibit excessive anger, fear, sadness, depression or other emotional reactions?
There is a significant breakdown in communication between family members. Do you find it harder to communicate than usual? Are you experiencing the “silent treatment” more often than usual? Do you fear retribution should you express thoughts or feelings?
Family members are withdrawing from family life. Is there a new pattern of one or more family members going into seclusion?
There are symptoms of violence or the threat of violence to oneself or other family members. Beyond normal “horseplay,” do you feel that violence is a problem? Is there behavior that would be considered “assault” if it weren’t between family members?
Family members express feelings of helplessness or hopelessness. Do you feel that you have reached the end of your rope? Is coping with the stresses just too much to bear? Do you wonder if your family will ever recover?
There have been changes in the children’s behavior at home or school. Are grades taking a nosedive? What about attendance problems or disruptive behavior at school? Is one of the children out of control at home?
The family has had a traumatic experience and members are having a hard time coping. Has there been a death in the family? A divorce or separation? An affair discovered? Is the family having difficulty adjusting to the new reality?
Family members have substance abuse problems. Are there challenges with alcohol or drug use? Is there a family member with an eating disorder?
Problems with one family member may be an indicator of a larger family problem. Family therapy is a particular approach to psychotherapy. Instead of addressing problems on an individual basis, family counseling recognizes that the problem impacts a number of people, rather than one person, and so the solution should involve all family members. It also can help solve conflicts among family members and teach them better ways to handle problems.
Therapeutic help for your family will offer valuable tools so you might…….
- Examine your family’s ability to solve problems and express thoughts and emotions in a productive manner
- Explore family roles, rules and behavior patterns to identify issues that contribute to conflict — and ways to work through these issues
- Identify your family’s strengths, such as caring for one another, and weaknesses, such as difficulty confiding in one another
Marriage and family therapy have been shown to effectively treat problems such as:
- Drug abuse
Family therapy doesn’t automatically solve family conflicts or make an unpleasant situation go away. But it can help you and your family members understand one another better, and it can provide skills to cope with challenging situations in a more effective way. It may also help the family achieve a sense of togetherness.