7 Reasons You Might Benefit from Family Therapy

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Despite what you see on social media, no family is perfect. Every family has its ups and downs and faces different challenges. Family therapy can help your family resolve issues that are interfering with your life at home, but those issues and challenges vary greatly between families.

7 Reasons your family might benefit from therapy

Blending families

Around a third of American families include at least one step-parent. While it’s more common than every for families to involve step-parents, step-children, and half-siblings, navigating your roles and new family dynamics isn’t getting any easier.

Disconnection and poor communication

The average American spends at least 4 hours a day looking at their phones. Whether your kids are ignoring you to check their likes or you or your partner respond to work emails, our reliance on our hand-held devices is getting in the way of our face-to-face interactions. As families become more disconnected, you lose the communication skills and habits that can help your family through challenging times.

Withdrawing, keeping secrets

Everyone has secrets, but if a member of your family is ever particularly or strangely secretive or withdrawn, it could be a sign of another more serious issue such as anxiety, depression, or addiction. Additionally, if you find that you’re keeping secrets from your partner, or organizing your activities so they don’t know what you’re up to, it’s a warning sign of an unhealthy relationship that could upset your family dynamic.

Addiction

With 20 million Americans over the age of 12 living with addiction, this is a problem that many families face. Regardless of which member of your family is dealing with addiction, you can work together as a unit to provide a supportive environment, with appropriate boundaries.

Growing apart or dealing with change

Families and relationships change over the years. You and your partner could be adjusting to life with children or as your children reach adolescence and are starting to leave the nest, you need to figure out what you want your life to be like. Or maybe you’re looking forward to being a couple again, and your adult child, like a third of all 18-34 year-olds, is still living at home.

What to expect during family therapy

Family therapy can help your family navigate the twists and turns of modern life. A licensed marriage and family therapist listens to your family and asks questions. They may recommend practicing some new communication habits or other practices at home. Your therapist doesn’t blame the parents or the kids, they help you find solutions to the problems that are disrupting your family dynamic and a peaceful, loving home.

Unlike a common misconception about therapy, family therapy is usually a set number of sessions, usually less than 10, which are focused on finding solutions to your family’s issues. You have to be willing to be open and honest, but kind and your therapist can help you identify the root cause of your family discord so that your whole family can make the adjustments necessary to restore and improve your family dynamic.

If you think your family might benefit from therapy, contact the team at North Brooklyn Marriage and Family Therapy to schedule a consultation.

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