“There are no individuals in the world, only fragments of families” - Carl Whitaker
Is your family going through a rough patch? Whether the issue itself, stems from a lack of understanding between those involved, sibling conflict, or developmental disagreements with a child, a difficult situation can have an effect on the entire family. Family counseling, or family therapy, can be helpful when problems arise and can help restore and improve communication.
Some situations that may benefit from family counseling include:
- If a family is going through a loss.
- If a family member is suffering from substance abuse
- Issues between parents (parenting issues or going through a divorce)
- If a teenager is experiencing behavior issues such as anger outbursts
- Sibling conflict
How can family counseling help?
Family counseling can help open up a line of dialogue and communication and can help family members understand each other’s perspectives. This makes it easier to resolve disputes. During the counseling sessions, each member has the ability to learn ways of communicating better, as well as developing techniques to de-escalate arguments while making sure that everybody is getting heard. This can also help with parenting problems such as conflicting parenting styles, rule enforcement and remaining consistent with your child once the rules are established.
How is it accomplished?
Family therapy or counseling can be used in addition to individual treatment. The goal is to improve relationships and improve methods of communication and conflict resolution. Families are a unique ecosystem, and issues affecting one member of a family can reverberate and affect the whole unit. Additional benefits of this type of counseling are that in some instances, the sessions can heal emotional wounds in a short period of time.
Family Therapy with Dr. Leveille, LMFT
By attending our family therapy sessions, each family member would be able to communicate their own perspective and experiences in navigating through the family problem. As an experienced family therapist, I can guide you through understanding your family's needs, help the family unit identify the problem and help the family identify the changes that would best assist their family in reaching its full potential. I am profoundly and deeply passionate about family therapy and I have dedicated my entire educational path and career pursuing the knowledge on how family systems function and interact with each other under cultural and psychological influences. My Solution-Focused approach assists me in joining with the family, collaborate, and assist each member to achieve his or her personal goal.