Family counseling deals with issues that affect the mental health and functioning of the entire family. It’s important to know that the concept of family includes anyone who has an ongoing, supportive role in your life. In other words, family counseling is not limited to blood relations or members who share the same household.
The goal of family counseling is to help everyone better understand each other, improve communication, and develop a healthy, functional family. To do this, therapy teaches you how to collaborate and work together to solve the problems faced by one or more individuals.
If one person has an issue, whether that issue is an addiction, a mental health disorder, or behavioral problem, it impacts the entire family.
As a result, family counseling focuses on helping everyone understand how they contribute to the problem. Then your therapist helps you create a proactive plan to make changes and overcome the challenge.
Family counseling can help with a wide range of issues, including:
During your therapy, you learn to improve family communication and support one another.
Your therapist may use any of the standard types of psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. However, family specialists also use several different approaches.
Though each technique involves much more than the following descriptions, you can get a general idea of the unique approaches:
Bowenian therapy works when individuals can’t or won’t involve other family members.
Structural therapy focuses on ensuring that the parents are in control and everyone respects boundaries.
The systemic approach focuses on unconscious communication and the meaning behind each person’s behaviors.
During strategic therapy, your therapist may assign homework that helps family members evaluate the way the family communicates. Then the information is used to improve their interaction.
Your therapist chooses the approach that will work best for helping your family solve problems, create a cohesive family unit, and reduce family conflict.
If you have questions about family therapy or would like to schedule an appointment, call High Desert Psychological Services, or book an appointment online today.