Family counseling not only provides valuable insights but also serves as a catalyst for enhancing family relationships.
Family Counseling Foundation
We hold the conviction that every child is a genuine blessing. As children navigate their growth journey, family dynamics shift, presenting distinct circumstances and challenges. Our seasoned counselors stand ready to support families during these pivotal moments. Common issues such as sibling rivalry, bullying, aggression, and depression are addressed with expertise and compassion.
Child Counseling (5yrs - 8yrs)
At this stage of development, children actively absorb the consequences of actions and learn from the behaviors modeled by their parents, teachers, and peers. In counseling, the emphasis will be on exploring parenting styles and observed behaviors, with a crucial emphasis on active parental involvement in the counseling process.
Child Counseling (8yrs - 12yrs)
Children are actively acquiring skills to navigate and interact with their environment at this developmental stage. Peer influence becomes significant, shaping their attitudes. During this phase, it's essential to establish clear consequences for desired behaviors within the home. In counseling, the focus will be on imparting coping skills, strategies for emotional expression, and conflict resolution. Encouraging parents to enhance the validation of their children's feelings is a crucial aspect, highlighting the essential role of parental involvement in the counseling process.
Teen Counseling (13yrs - 18yrs)
During adolescence, teenagers are profoundly influenced by their peers. In response to their teens' desire for independence, some parents may mistakenly loosen their control and oversight. However, at this stage, teens still require guidance and structured freedom. We advocate for a positive parenting approach tailored for teenagers, emphasizing the importance of nurturing the parent-teen relationship while empowering adolescents to become more independent.
Family Counseling Goal
The goal of family counseling, also known as family therapy, is to help family members improve communication and resolve conflicts in order to foster healthier relationships. Family counseling recognizes that individual issues can be interconnected with family dynamics, and addressing these dynamics can lead to positive changes for everyone involved.
The specific goals of family counseling can vary depending on the unique circumstances of each family, but common objectives include:
Enhancing the way family members communicate with each other is often a central goal. This includes learning effective listening skills, expressing thoughts and feelings openly, and promoting understanding among family members.
Family counseling aims to identify and address conflicts within the family unit. The goal is to resolve current issues and equip family members with tools to handle conflicts constructively in the future.
Family therapy works towards strengthening the bonds between family members. This involves building trust, increasing empathy, and fostering a sense of connection and support within the family.
Understanding Family Dynamics:
Family counselors help families understand the patterns and dynamics contributing to their challenges. Families can work toward positive change by exploring the roles each family member plays and how these roles impact relationships.
Coping with Change or Transitions:
Families may seek counseling during times of significant change, such as divorce, remarriage, the birth of a child, or the death of a family member. The goal is to help the family navigate these transitions and adapt in a healthy way.
Behavioral Changes: Family therapy can address specific behaviors that are causing problems within the family. This may involve setting boundaries, changing communication styles, or addressing issues such as substance abuse or mental health concerns.
Enhancing Problem-Solving Skills:
Families work on developing effective problem-solving skills that can be applied to various situations. This can help prevent recurring issues and empower family members to collaborate in finding solutions.
Promoting Individual Well-Being:
While family therapy focuses on the family as a unit, it also recognizes the importance of individual well-being. Helping each family member achieve personal growth and fulfillment contributes to the family's overall health.
Overall, family counseling aims to create a supportive and functional family environment where members feel understood, valued, and able to work together to overcome challenges. The specific approach and techniques used in family counseling can vary based on the therapist's theoretical orientation and the family's unique needs.
Blended & Step Families
Positive & Negative Reinforcement
Cutting & Bullying
Communication & Boundaries
The goal in family counseling is to increase the family's relationship.
Strategies and Tools
Temperament Therapy is used with every person receiving counseling (ages seven and up). Temperament allows for specific strategies and coping skills for each family member. read more
Pastoral counseling is a unique form of therapy that uses biblical resources and psychological understanding for healing and growth. Although the Pastoral Counselor is educated in psychology, the basis and focus of all treatment is the Bible, the infallible Word of God. We provide biblically-based counseling services for families.
Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)