- Do you and your co-parent fight, argue, or struggle to get on the same page about raising your kids?
- Is one person creating chaos for the family?
- Has a recent divorce made it difficult to create a co-parenting plan with your ex?
There are so many different hurdles that we can face as families! Parents are busy, and kids can be even busier. Our Teens and Kids face more temptations and influences than ever before. We care for elderly parents while balancing soccer practice, job reviews, and church community. Often in family counseling, we aren’t just picking one specific person or issue, instead, we talk about the entire family system. Family counseling can often be helpful when conflicts occur or we go through life transitions.
Some useful points in life when family counseling can help include:
- Siblings can’t get along
- Parents feel like they’ve lost control
- After the loss of a family member
- During or after a divorce
- School issues that impact the family
- Self Injury, Anxiety, Depression or other emotional experiences that the rest of the family can learn more about in order to support that family member
Plenty of people can benefit from individual counseling in those circumstances, and the difference here is that the whole family comes for sessions together, talking about the problems that impact the entire family system. All members are encouraged to give their point of view and everyone has an ability to contribute to change.
While parents are still in charge and children do not outvote the adults, we all can benefit from learning to hear each other better, and even more importantly, learning how to say what we need to say so others can hear us.
Parents benefit by listening to kids’ thoughts which keep them connected and in a position of influence in their children’s lives.
We deal with grief when the entire family is grieving the loss of a person, like a grandparent, or when they go through a trauma, like a house burning down.
Constant fighting in your family can make it seem like you’ll never find peace. You may feel like you never have a moment of downtime, and the family can never “breathe”. Maybe a child is withdrawn or has concerning behavior, like increasing anxiety that you can’t help, or they all of a sudden seem withdrawn and isolated.
You may feel embarrassed or like a bad parent, but truthfully, you’re experiencing what many other people do as well. You’re likely doing the best you can but are ready to learn more skills.
Family Counseling can be a very effective means for repairing family issues and injuries, and most especially if the family is motivated, attends regularly and is practicing the tools outside of session at home. You must practice peace to find it.
Whether you’re struggling to manage family conflict, challenging behavior, or are having a breakdown in communication with a co-parent, family counseling can bring change