Couples come to Relationship and Marriage Counseling to make positive changes and improvements to their relationship. It can be for many reasons, but often it’s to have more intimacy and better communication. Some come to assess if the relationship is worth saving due to differences or lack of passion. In relationship therapy, each partner identifies what needs to be different so the relationship would be better for them. Partners process what each other wants and /or needs. Partners get to see if what they want is possible and what it would take to make it happen. We also look at the things that block and sabotage love, kindness, communication, and passion.
The goal of family therapy is to improve the interactions and relationships of family members. Individual choices and growth sometimes bring us into conflict with others in our family. Some family members live, socialize, and bond together. Some do not. But either way, sometimes a change in behavior by one person in a family can result in stress and pain for another. Family therapy is a type of psychotherapy where family members can go to share these conflicts and reduce stress and find solutions to improve situations and relationships.
Some examples of situations that families might seek family therapy and marriage counseling would be:
- When someone in the family is struggling with addiction and others in the family are being negatively affected by it.
- When children are having trouble adjusting to being part of a blended family.
- Marital Conflicts
- When you feel a need to confront an elderly parent who you feel should not be driving or living alone anymore.
- When your parent is dating or marries someone younger than you.
- When there is sexual abuse in the family and someone wants to come forward with the facts- perhaps to warn others.
- The unexpected or traumatic loss of a family member
- Infertility issues
- Dealing with a parent or child who is coming out as gay/lesbian, has gender dysphoria, is gender non-confirming, or is transgender.
- When family members are concerned about depression and anxiety in another family member.
- Domestic Violence
- Family trauma
- When there is disagreement concerning financial inheritance, wills, and the family estate.
- When children are acting out because their parents are in the process of a divorce.
The goal of family therapy is to improve the interactions of family members. The role of the therapist during Marriage Counseling & Family Therapy is to promote understanding, empathy, and good communication. When this happens, helpful and satisfying resolutions can be achieved.
Interested in learning more about Marriage Counseling & Family Therapy?
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