What Is Family Counseling?
Family counseling is a specific type of therapy that focuses on family dynamics and the effects of each person’s behaviors on the family unit. It is typically used in tandem with individual therapy, in which each family member focuses specifically on his or her unique problems and concerns.
When Is Therapy Recommended For Your Family?
Family counseling is typically recommended for problems that affect the entire family, such as the loss of a loved one or parent-child strife. However, it is also useful when the issues faced by one family member affect the rest of the family, such as substance abuse or depression. We find that the teen and young adult years, during which children are defining their identity and leaving the nest, can be hard on the entire family, so we recommend family counseling for many of our clients.
What To Expect From Family Counseling
Family counseling is brief, typically consisting of no more than 12 sessions, and solution-oriented. After an initial “getting to know you” appointment, you and your therapist will work together to identify the core issues affecting the family and set goals for treatment, along with rules for the therapy sessions such as “listening without interrupting” or “speaking rather shouting.” As your family progresses, you may identify new sources of conflicts and set new goals for managing them.