What Is Family Therapy?
Family Therapy includes the entire family to create changes to the interaction and communication patterns within that family. We believe that involving the whole family is key to improving overall psychological well being for everyone. The belief is that everyone in the family has to participate in the change OR a whole new set of problems will arise. Think of it as having four bald tires and only replacing one.
How Does Family Counseling work?
Focus is on the "process" - how families talk to each other, work together, handle problems and settle differences. We do not focus on the "content". It is not as important to know the specific cause of a problem - it is more important to know how to work it out in a productive and positive manner within the family. The therapist points out patterns of interaction that contribute to on-going problems.
What If I Can't Get The Whole Family To Attend Sessions?
Getting started with therapy may be difficult for some families. This is not uncommon. We start with any family members who are willing to come, even if it's just one. Many times after one family member attends and changes occur, it makes it easier and more important for others to begin.
How Long Will We Have To Attend Family Therapy?
We aim for 10 sessions as a minimum. Some families will require more time. It can take a few sessions for everyone to "warm-up" and get settled in and feel they can be honest without fear of reprisal. Each case is different and each family has different needs so we tailor treatment to fit these differences. Your therapist will discuss this with you at your first session.
Contact Bridge Builders Counseling
Please contact Bridge Builders Counseling today with any questions about our Family Therapy Service or to schedule an appointment: 910-792-9888