It’s no secret that families are under a lot of pressure these days. Society and peer pressures, academic expectations, emotions and sexual encounters, financial difficulties and many more demands are all around us. Plus there are so many facets of living that draw us in wildly different directions. It can be difficult to maintain a well-rounded, happy family in our varied culture. Family counseling can help.
Everyone faces challenges in life, but working out family problems can be some of the most difficult. Turning to a family therapist for help means that you care about your family, and are aware that you may need some assistance. Taking responsibility and making a commitment to change the situation is something to be admired.
Problems within the family may seem complicated and overwhelming, but in many cases, the solution is as simple as communication. Having a calm, sensitive environment for open discussion can help set the stage to talk things out. In family therapy, everyone can begin to share, and to listen, and come to a new understanding of the issues. As a professional counselor, I help steer the members toward acceptance and compassion, identify destructive elements and lay the groundwork for resolution. I can help individuals determine their triggers, identify their weaknesses, and promote constructive change that will help them grow as a person. As each individual grows, the family is strengthened.
As families grow, the individuals involved develop their own characteristics and personalities. Everyone branches off into their own interests and desires. Sometimes, these differing personalities can clash, and conflicts can develop. It’s important in those situations to take the focus off of the differences between the individuals, and instead, try to look for some common ground. In counseling, I can help you determine what ties you together as a family, and how to build on that foundation.
As your counselor, my goal for your family is not to simply locate and resolve negative issues. My desire is that every member of your family can benefit from the encouragement and nurturing effects of therapy, and grow into more of the person they desire to become. By building the individuals, we strengthen the building blocks of the family unit. Each member finds room for growth and achievement, and their successes enrich the entire family.
One of the biggest hindrances to successful relationships is dealing with the hurts, failures and offenses from past encounters. Often times, people go through a number of failed relationships before finding one to make permanent, and those past experiences can leave scars or cause uncertainties in the present. Even events from childhood can interfere, and those must be dealt with to successfully move forward. Therapy can help unravel the mistakes and offenses of the past, and allow you to put them to rest for good.
Choosing to enter into family counseling is a great way to give your relationships a fresh start. A therapist can often provide a new perspective on problems and can point you in the right direction to work out a solution. The benefits you gain depend on how freely you apply the processes, and how well you put into practice the things that you learn.