What is the Purpose of Family Counseling
If your family is going through a tough time -- whether it's from stress, anger, or grief -- family therapy can make a difference. It can help couples, children, or members of an extended family learn to communicate better and work through conflicts.
When to See A Therapist for Family Counseling
Problems in your family can affect all areas of family members' lives. You and your loved ones might notice trouble cropping up at work, at school, or in everyday interactions with other people. When it feels like the issues in your family are too big for you to handle -- and aren't getting better -- it may be time to see a family therapist. She can help you find new ways to manage struggles, conflicts, and challenges.
Family Counseling Approach
Sessions are led by a specialist called a family therapist. She could be a psychologist, social worker, or therapist who's had extra training in family therapy.
First, your therapist will talk to everyone in the family to help her understand what's going on. She'll ask questions about how each person views the problems, when the trouble started, and how the family has been trying to manage things so far.
Next, the therapist will work out a treatment plan. The goal is to improve conflicts in a family, not to blame anyone for the issues. Your therapist will help family members communicate better, solve problems, and find new ways to work together.
Family therapy can't always make a problem go away. But it can give family members new skills to get through difficult situations in healthier ways. Family therapy doesn't have to take a long time. The average is about 12 sessions. How often you meet with a family therapist and how many sessions you'll need will depend on the specific issues you focus on in therapy.
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