Even though common types of therapy like marriage counseling, mental health counseling, individual therapy, etc., are quite common to us, family counseling may be an entirely new concept to so many people. This is because there is not much information or awareness being spread about the importance of family counseling and how much of a transformational power it actually has. Well, just as the name suggests, it is the counseling provided to all the members of a family on a collective basis rather than just to one person. You can click here to have a good read about the perks of family counseling.
So, what is special about family counseling?
Well, family counseling is somewhat similar to how group counseling or support groups work. But the only difference here is that instead of there being different strangers all from different backgrounds, here the members are your own family: your parents and your siblings. And all of you are coming together to solve issues that you have with each other or your personal issues that may be affecting the entire family. Because family is the most important thing in the world and it is also the thing that will be there for you no matter what. So if your family is struggling with issues, make sure that you choose to seek help instead of being ignorant and letting the problem slide away.
When do you need family counseling?
The following reasons can help you to identify if you need family counseling or not.
- When there are estranged members in the family who do not get along with others
- When family members have serious issues with each other
- When partners are cheating on each other, and this affects the whole family
- When one member of the family is struggling with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, etc.
- When there is more than one family, such as in the case of blended families where members may not necessarily get along with each other
- When one or more members of the family are subject to any type of abuse, either from within the family or outside, abuse is never justified in any case, especially physical abuse. Lesser variations of emotional abuse such as bullying or body shaming, even though they should not be ignored, they should still be considered seriously and talked about to find a proper solution to end such toxic habits
- When there are rebellious teenagers, who simply won’t listen to their parents
The above-mentioned ones are just some primary reasons which suggest that you and your family should seek family counseling as soon as you detect a problem. There may be other issues too, for which you’ll need to seek support and help. Professional therapists will always have enough experience and insight that will be needed to solve your issues, so don’t shy away from therapy, thinking you can make decisions like a therapist. No, you can’t. Family is the foundation of every human’s lives, and making sure that it is a loving and robust foundation is our duty. This foundation may get shaky sometimes, but we can always restore it.