Family Counseling

Is Family Therapy in Mechanicsville, VA Right For Your Family?

Every family has problems and not every family problem requires therapy to solve – let’s just get that out there now! That said, some problems may be quite severe and the family unit may suffer from poor communication and/or strategies for disrupting unhealthy or dangerous activity. For example, is your teen child struggling in school; demonstrating inappropriate or dangerous behaviors? Are you struggling to communicate with an adult sibling? Is a poor relationship with one or both of your parents, or even distant relatives, creating problems for you? Are relationships within your family unit or activities taken by members of your family causing severe anxiety or stress (e.g. such as in the case of substance abuse or verbal or physical abuse)?

These are some of the conditions under which you may want to consider family therapy.

Every Family Goes Through Rough Patches

It’s incredible what we put each other through, isn’t it? But look around closely, and you’ll find most people in one way or another are struggling with some sort of challenge with one or more members of their family. The challenges facing families can also be incredibly varied – misbehaving children, loved ones abusing drugs, parents communicating poorly, siblings being overly competitive and judgmental – the list goes on and on.

Family Therapy Can Help Your Family Dynamic Improve Significantly

Sometimes, for one reason or another, it can be very difficult to express what we feel to members of our family or even express those feelings the right way. Our family therapy sessions will include work with your family as a group and occasionally sub-units if appropriate (e.g. such as the parents by themselves, just one person at a time, etc.) to clarify exactly what the issues are and how to best address them.

To be clear, this is a collaborative effort and may involve outside exercises occasionally to help make progress on the work we’re doing; however, the goal is worthwhile. We will work toward mutual acceptance, improved communication, increased trust, and better strategies for disrupting damaging behavior as it occurs. I’ll also use my years of experience as a family therapist to help you see through to the other side – it helps to know your family can heal.

Your Family Can Heal

We say life is short, but in the middle of a family trauma, it can feel admittedly quite long. It’s much better to have a supportive and loving family than one in which the family unit’s dynamics create stress, anxiety, anger, fear, or despair for the loved ones in the family. Again, every family has problems, but some are worse than others and deserve the direct intervention of a family therapist. As I’ve told countless families over the years, believe it or not – you can get through it. Your family can heal. Please call or email me today and we can talk about what’s bothering you.