What does your family unit look like? It’s safe to say that the day of the generic family is long gone and today, blended and very extended families are extremely common. Whether your family is small and simple or very complex, it’s not unusual for friction to occur from time to time. Unsurprisingly, when issues occur, they can have a significant impact on everyone involved. While in theory our families are supposed to be a source of unconditional love and support, in practice this is not always the case, especially when tensions are running high.
Conflict with loved ones is extremely stressful and often one of the hardest types of disagreement to resolve. If you value a harmonious relationship with your family, therapy could offer the impartial, controlled environment needed to allow everyone to have their say and to help you find a way to move forwards. Depending on the type of issue you are experiencing, it may be necessary to attend family therapy individually or in small groups, or a combination of the two.
Therapy has been shown to be beneficial in dealing with a wide range of different issues that can affect a family unit, including:
Support with fostering and the effect it has on the family unit
Learning to cope with empty nest syndrome
Emotional support for parents with children with physical and/or cognitive disabilities
Blended family issues
Past childhood trauma
Conflict with parents or siblings
Separation or divorce
Looking after senior parents who require care
Money issues affecting the family
Addiction issues affecting the family
The fallout of a major trauma impacting the family, such as terminal illness, disability, death, etc
It’s important to be aware that therapy is tailored to the specific needs of each individual or family, which means that no two therapy sessions ever look the same. What exactly will happen will depend on the types of issues that your family is experiencing and the goal of your sessions – for example to resolve conflict, support a family member going through a tough time, or learning to cope with being responsible for an elderly family member.
Your therapist will listen to what you have to say without judgment, will help to control the balance of conversation if more than one person is speaking, and will help everyone present to see things from others' point of view. If you are struggling to cope with certain things, your therapist will help you to develop better strategies that enable you to function better in your day-to-day life. They may also direct you towards other support networks that they feel would be valuable to you.
If you are experiencing family issues and would like to discuss them with a therapist to see if therapy sessions would help, please contact our compassionate therapy team at Stronger Together in San Diego, CA by calling (858) 434-8100.