There is no such thing as a perfect family. Modern day stressors, such as balancing job and home, an unanticipated family crisis or mental illness of one family member can compromise the health of the entire family. While some families have built-in support from stable extended relations, even the best of families need outside help every now and then. Family counseling can provide the guided support you have been looking for.
Are you tired of the constant bickering and arguing? Are you concerned about your children’s adjustment to a recent change in the family? The family counselors at Birmingham Anxiety and Trauma Therapy can help you reduce conflict, understand each other better, and foster closeness. They can help your family identify the way you handle problems or changes and develop strategies to solve your problems in a more effective way. Our family therapists will also help you identify the strengths in your family and help you use those strengths to tighten family bonds.
In family therapy, you will examine the roles of each family member as well as the rules and behavior patterns that influence the way you respond to one another. In therapy, you will examine the ways individual personalities and values in the family influence the family as a whole. If one member of the family system experiences a significant change, it can affect the entire family. In counseling, you will develop better ways to communicate with one another. You will begin to enjoy one another’s company again.
Family counseling may include all family members or only those most able to participate. If a family therapist sees an individual family member, it is in relation to the family therapy. If a family member discovers a need for individual therapy, then they will be referred to one of our other therapists. This is our practice in order to provide the very best care to our patients and avoid any competing loyalties.
Reasons a family may decide to enter therapy:
- Impending divorce or separation
- Behavioral or emotional issues of the children are impacting the family
- Children who don’t get along with each other
- Bringing a blended family together
- Improve communication patterns
- Adjusting to a new reality or significant change
- One family member has a mental illness, such as alcoholism, drug addiction, or depression
Some families seek therapy in order to prevent problems! This happens most often when parents anticipate a big upcoming change they suspect will affect each member of the family.