Families come in all shapes and sizes.
Whether you have difficulties in a traditional family structure, a blended family, a foster or adoptive family member(s), or struggles with another non-traditional family structure, we can help you with understanding the complexities of family dynamics. Some mental health issues in an individual family member (i.e., bipolar, schizophrenia, or addiction) can also sometimes be best treated with family counseling.
The purpose of families
Families are a crucible meant to help us learn and grow in many ways. The relationships we have as a child in our family of origin, no matter its structure, form our thoughts and behaviors in ways we cannot even fathom.
When we are little kids, we badly skew the data we get from our families about who we are and our place in the world, simply because we don’t know any better. No one gets out of his or her childhood unscathed for this reason, even with the best parents in the whole world.
Because of the misshapen filter we have as children, our image of ourselves and the world can be very painful and not serve us well.
How do we understand familial roles?
Understanding familial roles and dynamics can help take the reactivity out of volatile family structures. Removing judgment and criticism, and replacing it with understanding helps to soothe aching family systems.
New patterns and behaviors can emerge from the learning that takes place in family counseling.