Family counseling works well when the family unit experiences strained relationships or stressful events. It can help resolve communication issues, conflicts and behavioral problems. Therapy also works well for families when one or more members experience mental health concerns affecting the group. Such mental health problems may include depression
, addiction, eating disorders or other conditions. Overall, therapy with your family works to achieve better understanding and enhanced collaboration in the family unit.
Therapy often focuses on specific family patterns that contribute to problems. Together, the family members work to find the source of their conflicts so they can learn to better support each other.
Ways family counseling or marital therapy helps include:
• Respecting healthy boundaries
• Promoting better communication
• Fostering cohesion
• Improving problem solving
• Understanding family dynamics and behavior patterns
• Reducing conflict
• Building understanding and empathy