Family Counseling

Our family affects who we are and who we become, both for better and for worse. We learn our vocabulary, our habits, our customs and rituals, and how to view and observe the world around us from our family. Anyone seeking healthier, closer family relationships can benefit from family counseling.

Common reasons for seeking family counseling include:

  • Separation or divorce
  • Parent-child conflict
  • Parenting and co-parenting issues
  • Problems between siblings
  • Domestic violence and abuse
  • Unexpected or traumatic loss of a family member

Family counseling is often necessary to address family issues and heal a family’s wounds. If any of the above scenarios resonates with your family, consider seeking family counseling. Family counseling can be beneficial on many different levels.

Some positive family counseling outcomes are:

  • Strategies to develop and maintain boundaries
  • Fostered sense of cohesion and communication among family members
  • Promotes problem solving through understanding of family patterns and dynamics
  • Builds empathy and understanding
  • Reduces family conflict

Families often seek counseling when they have difficulty resolving an issue, when there is tension in one or more relationships, or when struggling with a particular life transition (birth, death, marriage, divorce, relocation, retirement). Parenting, co-parenting, and step-parenting issues are also common.

We utilize techniques, methods, and ideas from family systems theory in working with families. This simply means that we view the family as a system rather than as a collection of individual members. As the entire family system gains health, the members generally become healthier and their relationships tend to improve. In family counseling, your counselor may meet with the family as a whole, specific groupings of family members, or even individual members of the family. What differentiates family counseling from other forms is that the family as a whole is the client, rather than an individual person.

When domestic violence or abuse is present, individual counseling is initially recommended for the abusive family member. Family counseling may still be recommended for the other members of the family.