Family dynamics inevitably influence every aspect of our lives, whether we’re aware of it or not and that’s why it’s essential to cultivate healthy family relationships as much as possible. There’s no such thing as the ideal family unit as each household has its own unique nuances; but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to achieve a cohesive familial bond with the people who are closest to you. While these relationships aren’t perfect, and none are, family therapy can address and help resolve some of the internal conflicts that may be weighing you down.
What Is Family Therapy?
Family therapy is a method of psychotherapy, the goal of which is to assist families in improving their internal communication skills and give them the coping mechanisms and tools needed to proactively resolve conflicts. These types of conflicts can include emotional issues, domestic abuse, drug addiction, anxiety, depression, and any other challenges they may be facing. The goal is to build a united front and help families come together to tackle these issues together by first getting to the root of the families presenting difficulties..
Benefits of Family Counselling
Effective family counselling has the power to yield some very compelling results and generally benefits the entire family unit. Although, there are certain practices that are dedicated to helping individuals find ways of coping with their family conflicts on their own, there are a few advantages of seeking out family counselling. Please consider the advantages noted below:
Strengthen Your Family Bond
Working together with your family members to not only address, but also improve your conflict resolution skills in a healthy manner. This can help strengthen the relationships you have with your various family members. As a result, family counselling can forge the path for better communication, compassion, and understanding relating to the different struggles each person may be facing, therefore, helping them overcome those challenges and strengthening the family bond at the same time.
Acknowledge Difficult and Uncomfortable Emotions Together
One of the most cathartic and heartwarming experiences you’ll have throughout your journey to familial conflict resolution is tackling those uncomfortable emotions as a team. The idea here is to create a strong unity without compromising the need for emotional expression. Each person will have the opportunity to air their grievances in a healthy, safe, and controlled environment. Validating the emotions and opinions of your family members is strongly encouraged as it helps create a safe and considerate environment that allows the family unit to thrive.
Garner Strong Problem Solving Skills
Learning to identify and understand your emotions in therapy sessions is one thing; but applying what you’ve learned in the outside world is a completely different matter. Through in-depth and intuitive family therapy practices that are designed to suit the needs of your family specifically, you’ll be given the empirical tools required to face these emotional challenges directly.
Improve Communication amongst Family Members
Perhaps the most important lesson to learn from your family therapy sessions is how to actively and effectively communicate with one another. Part of communication involves listening and appropriately responding—not reacting—to what the other person has to say. Whether you’re undergoing couples’ therapy, child therapy, or general family psychotherapy, the greatest priority is to create a safe space within your interpersonal relationships where everyone involved feels comfortable expressing themselves in a conducive manner.
Growth Counselling Services offers specialized family counselling programs that help families of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds find palpable solutions to the conflicts that are afflicting them. Rick Defoe is a certified Canadian Counsellor, Psychotherapist-Q, and Registered Social Worker who has helped countless families through their toughest times to help them find suitable conflict resolution techniques that work for them. To learn more about my family counselling program at Growth Counselling Services, please contact me directly.