family therapy

Family Therapy

family_therapyAt Carolina Counseling Professionals, counseling is sometimes most effective when the entire family is involved. We help parents understand the interactional patterns and how their children’s behavior often triggers responses in parents that may make problems worse. Therapy provides emotional support, education and guidance for a variety of concerns confronted by today’s families. Some examples of problems encountered by families include: Adoption, parenting, step or blended family issues, dealing with in-laws and other extended family members, adjustment to health related problems, coping with emerging alcohol, drug or mental health concerns, etc.

At Carolina Counseling Professionals, some common family goals are: to communicate and problem-solve more effectively, to better cope with changes within the family, to debrief and cope with traumatic experiences, to resolve problems and conflicts, and to create a more positive family environment.  Often families attempt to solve problems in others by repeating the same solution more forcefully, which often makes it worse and at times even creates a chronic problem.

Family therapy is based on family systems theory, in which the family is viewed as a living organism rather than just the sum of its individual members. Family therapy uses systems theory to evaluate family members in terms of their position or role within the system as a whole. Problems are treated by changing the way the system works rather than trying to fix a specific member.

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