In the current lock down quarantine situation, I am not surprised to see several therapists offering online family counseling and therapy. Quite thoughtful, I feel. Sometimes it is not enough to talk to our friends and family. We need professional help.
Family is the most important connection that human beings have. It’s the basic unit of society. Were it not for our biological instincts to protect our families, humans wouldn’t have advanced or evolved the way they have today.
But then, every family has its share of problems – stress, conflict, and other difficult situations. If not handled well and in a timely manner, most of these problems can lead to a crisis. Among the various methods a family may use to prevent a crisis in such times, family counseling and therapy is the most important and often, the most effective.
Here are 4 benefits of family counseling and therapy
1. Better communication within the family
The importance of communication is often undervalued in relationships. This is especially the case when it involves a group of people; for instance, a family. Many people find it challenging to open up to other family members. This leads to disconnection and distance between family members, which is a perfect breeding spot for problems.
Nonetheless, a family therapist provides insights and tools that help family members to freely open up to each other and be understood more efficiently. Family counseling and therapy helps members to understand the importance of open and honest communication and understand their roles within the family. Result? Happier families, stronger relationships.
2. It creates stronger family bonds
Conflicts are normal in any group. In fact, I would even say they are necessary to keep the relationship lively. In a family, sibling conflicts are common, and they bring disconnection within the family if they go unresolved. It’s common to find siblings fighting for attention or due to jealousy, among other things. Parents may invalidate the significance of such conflicts or fail to understand the children’s feelings. Consequently, they end up bringing up children with unresolved feelings.
With the help of a family counselor, you can understand the feelings of your children better, and it’s easier to bring them together. For your conflicting kids, a session with a family counselor can help them understand each other and settle their differences. This applies to all family members. Better relationships and stronger family bonds are created when family members begin to understand each other.
3. A source of support during transitions
Crucial life transition moments can be extremely stressful. Transitions can be positive or negative. Things such as divorce, death, relocating, or empty nesting can disrupt family dynamics. During such times, family counseling can be the lifeline for members who are struggling. Family counseling and therapy can help here. A counselor can provide help with grief, communication, and adjusting to new circumstances.
4. Building self-esteem
Poor family dynamics can result in some family members feeling bad about themselves. This is unfortunate. You see, we all need self-esteem to cope with life changes and cope well in society. The lack of self-esteem makes people vulnerable to peer pressure, health problems, and interpersonal problems. Luckily, this can be remedied with the help of a family counselor. When everyone in the family feels better about themselves, the family will live a more positive life, and they have better chances of succeeding in life.
As a family, you don’t have to wait for a crisis or a major life transition moment to seek help. Every family needs a family counselor. Contact Bayless Integrated Health Centre to inquire about counseling services.