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10 Things That Family Counseling Can Do For Your Family


10 Things That Family Counseling Can Do For Your Family


Families are as unique as their individual members. The regular interaction can bring about dynamics that can’t always be healthy or conflict-free, despite the unconditional love for each other. It is generally triggered by their differences or uniqueness. Because the love is strong, conflicts and misunderstandings can be more emotionally charged and upsetting.

Interacting with your family is bittersweet. The individuality of the members make conflicts a natural, but it is also those differences that can enrich your interactions. Conflicts are unavoidable. Your family will have many reasons to laugh about, just as you will have countless opportunities to differ and to clash.

You can, however, proactively resolve those conflicts with family counseling. Family counseling or family therapy is intended to assist families to work through their concerns by addressing their communication challenges and individual differences, which could interfere in creating a unified and harmonious family system.

Family therapy is proactive. You need not wait for a concern to become more complicated to seek help from a family counselor. There are many ways for a family to profit from it.


Family counseling can:

  1. Help foster harmony by improving your communication style.

Basically, all conflicts start with poor communication. One member can mean one thing and deliver it in a confusing way, giving way to misinterpretation. For instance, frustration when taken out on another member, may appear as anger. Family counseling can help clarify the meanings to prevent miscommunication. It can help improve communication to make it build than destroy relationships. It can offer ways to say or do things with sensitivity and with respect for the other family members.


  1. Help in accepting a serious medical diagnosis.

A family can be devastated when a family member is diagnosed with a serious medical condition. It can impact their finances. In grief, their relationships can be strained, disrupting their everyday life. Counselling can give them a venue or outlet to release their intense emotions. It can provide them tools to encourage optimism and acceptance of the situation and work through issues surrounding the event.


  1. Lessen the tension that a tragedy has brought.

All families can face a series of challenges at one time or another. Sometimes, “when it rains, it pours.” For instance, a serious sickness  or devastating event can bring down a loved one. This may cause your family to get into financial trouble as you seek for medical solutions. It may breed anger, issues and conflicts in the family as blame is passed around. Family counseling can help your family diffuse the tension by opening healthy conversations and resolving the issues, to emerge from it stronger and unified as ever.


  1. Prevent your breaking or drifting apart.

Some families break up once they are confronted with overwhelming conflicts and issues. This does not have to be the case.  Love is important, but it may not be enough to hold the family together when “sorrows come in battalions.”  Conflicts can shake the love that binds you. It can cause everyone to be highly-charged, leading to frustration, anger and unspeakable pain. There are healthy ways to release and resolve pent-up emotions. A neutral venue provided by a family therapist can help facilitate conflict resolution through an open, but guided conversations.


  1. Bolster the self-esteem of each and every individual member.

“A chain can only be as strong as its weakest link.” When a loved one is struggling with low self-esteem, a family can be as affected. Low self-esteem can stand in the way of having a personal successful life and career. Feeling defeated, the ones who are struggling with low self-esteem are likely to take out their frustration on their family. Thus, poor self-esteem can also stand in the way of having and enjoying a healthy family relationship. Family counseling can help each member improve themselves individually to strengthen the whole unit.


  1. Help disentangle convoluted concerns.

“Sleeping on issues” is deemed unhealthy by some, but it is something that many do – especially when the other party is a family member. After a shouting match, it is often assumed that the conflict will resolve on its own and that things will go back to normal. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. There are issues and actions that can leave a deeper mark. With a family counselor, these past issues can be brought to the fore once again, so they can be sorted out and resolved.


  1. Help the family adjust during transitions.

Changes and transitions can be very challenging. A lifestyle change can cause confusion and resentment among the younger family members. With so many things to do and attend to, it can also overwhelm the heads of the household or the adults. A counselor can help the children seek stability during conflict in the house or even in the case of a divorce, reassuring them that the parents will still be there when they need them. Counseling can also help clarify the core issues that need attention and resolution, so everyone can move on and continue to have good relationships with each other.


  1. Strengthen families during the good times.

Family counseling isn’t just for families having a tough time. It is also for families who want to fortify their bonds. It is for families who want to keep their conflicts resolved, no matter if they are minor. Counseling is never an exercise in futility because families can define you and your loved ones. It could be your support during your weakest moments, just as they can be your weakness. If this is how important your family is, it makes sense to be proactive where they are concerned.


  1. Help develop a strong support system, especially when one has an emotional condition.

An emotional condition, such as depression, can bree conflicts in a happy household. Tension can mount as the unaffected members get the lion’s share of obligations. Counseling can’t solve every concern your family may be saddled with, but it can help build a strong support system that can carry you through the dark days. Facilitated dialogues can lead to increased understanding of the individual member’s challenges and, sometimes, unacceptable responses or behaviors. With a family to share your load with, life issues can be more manageable and that can make a quite a difference.


  1. Your family can enjoy healthy relationships.

Your family influences you to smile, stay courageous, work hard and to dream. Your family members could be the most important people in your life. You have your own share of troubles and challenges, but that cannot change all of you being a family. They will still be the source of your greatest joy. Thus, you would want to do everything you can to protect everyone from harm. Insofar as relationships are concerned, you can do so with family counseling. This is why it matters.


Your family isn’t perfect, but it’s the only one you have. The culture and society may have changed a lot in the course of time, but many people view that “blood is thicker than water.” Conflicts aren’t unusual, but they can cause you to drift, weakening your support system. This is why family counseling is so very important. To support your healthy interactions, A good, independent therapist/counselor contracted with Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC – on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks can help.

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Rose Thomas, MA, LPC, LCAS, NCC

Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Teens, Individuals, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder, ADHD, Relationship Issues, Marriage Counseling, Parenting, PTSD/Trauma Recovery, Acute Stress Disorder, Adult Sexual Abuse Survivors, Adjustment Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Bipolar and Related Disorders, Self-injurious/Self-Harm, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Separation Anxiety, Disruptive Disorders, Conduct Disorder, Marital Conflict and Discord, LGBT, Substance Use Disorders
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Shirlisa Daniels, MS, LPC, NCC

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Holly Ring, LMFT

Specializes in: (Ages 7+) Adolescents, College Students, Individuals, Couples, and Families, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma (child and adult, TFCBT certified), Relationship Issues, Coping Skills, Adjustment Disorders, Life Transitions, Suicidal Ideation, Self-esteem, OCD, ADHD, Behavioral Issues, Parenting Skills, LGBTQ
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