Why you should consider family counselling (even when everything is ok)
What would your family life be like if you all had the tools to fight fairly? What if, when you had an issue, you all worked together to resolve it? What if you all knew your roles in your daily routines and chores?
Sounds pretty ideal, doesn’t it? All of these concerns can be covered in family counselling, and yet many people don’t think of attending sessions unless family function has turned to dysfunction.
There are many reasons why family therapy can benefit your family, and why it’s a good idea to visit a family counsellor even when things seem just fine. Let’s delve into a few.
Family counsellors are great at facilitating open communication between family members. Not only do they model active listening, they can guide you through techniques to improve listening skills. Family therapy sessions are safe spaces, where counsellors provide a nonjudgmental place for families to be open and honest.
Set Up Healthy Boundaries
So many family relationships are stressed or even broken because of boundary issues. Family members are often afraid to set boundaries because they don’t want to hurt their loved ones or because they fear consequences. Family counsellors can help people define their own boundaries and can facilitate conversations that would otherwise be difficult and uncomfortable.
Examine parenting styles and methods
There are no perfect parents, which means it’s important to continuously examine parenting patterns and styles to ensure healthy family functioning. When there are two parents in a family, their expectations and styles can sometimes clash, sending mixed messages to children and causing conflicts between parents. Single parents often find themselves overwhelmed with parenting through difficult situations on their own. Family counselling works through these situations to develop clear, respectful expectations within the family unit.
Work through serious issues such as substance use, death and divorce
When there are situations that cause significant upset and change within the family unit, a neutral space with a professional counsellor can be so helpful. Processing grief, expressing feelings and learning ways to adapt are all elements that can be addressed by a family therapist. A counsellor can help all family members understand the impact of these events and situations on others, as well as give everyone a voice to express themselves.
Family counselling is proven to be effective for a range of issues over time. For families who want to develop healthier relationships and functioning, it’s a tool that can have life-long benefits. Reach out to Lynn Valley Counselling and set up an appointment with one of our Registered Clinical Counsellors today.