In a family counseling session, we work with you as a family on how to communicate within the family and deal with problems which arise.
System and interaction
By looking at the entire “system” that makes up the family, we explore for destructive or non-functional patterns of interaction. In the way people interact, patterns in behaviour emerge. Sometimes these patterns help the family, but sometimes they don’t.
There are circumstances that may disrupt existing patterns within the family such as:
- serious illness or death within the family or in people close to them
- problems of a family member (with himself or herself or at school or work)
- partner relationship problems
- children leaving home
- our nature
- Because of what we saw our parents do.
Sometimes the family develops new patterns with each other that help; sometimes they fail and non-helpful patterns emerge. Family therapy focuses on the relationships within the family. The main focus is on the family’s strengths. Therapy looks for opportunities to reduce less helpful ways of interacting by utilizing and expanding the strengths and opportunities within the family. It explores ways to help support and understand each other again and to have moments of fun together again.
Besides the well-known father-mother-child(ren)-family, other family forms exist: single-parent families, families with a plus mother or plus father, compound families, LGBT parents with one or more children.
In a family counseling session, we work with you as a family on how to communicate within the family and deal with problems that arise.