Got teens you want to feel closer to? That you’re worried about? Parent-teen family therapy is a powerful way to have more open, connecting and productive conversations than what happens at home. Maybe because I have six adolescents of my own, or maybe because I’ve seen parents and teens have transformative experiences in my office…. I LOVE the shifts that can happen in just a handful of sessions. It’s just conversation. But it’s conversation where things get said that wouldn’t be said otherwise. It’s a safe conversation because someone is there to guide it. Connection between parents and teens doesn’t always come easily but it can certainly be worth the effort.
Distressing family dynamics can interfere with the functioning of every family member. When family members do not get along, the tension can impact each family member’s mental and physical health and relationships.
Family therapy helps families collaborate to address problems. The course of treatment is often brief and seeks to address the communication styles of the family as well as individual issues that may be interfering with the cohesiveness of the family. Family problems do not have to be severe to warrant therapy. Families can expect to learn to understand one another better, communicate more effectively, and work proactively to change unhealthy patterns.
I may see the family as a group or with just one or two family members at a time. Some problems can be addressed by working with the parents before bringing in the kids. Family therapy can be done with kids old enough for talking therapy all the way up to adult kids and aging parents.
What are the Benefits of Family Therapy?
- Better understanding of healthy boundaries and family patterns and dynamics
- Enhanced communication
- Improved problem solving
- Deeper empathy
- Reduced conflict and better anger management skills
More specifically, family therapy can improve family relationships by:
- Creating honesty between family members
- Developing a supportive family life
- Reducing sources of tension within the family
- Helping family members forgive each other
- Conflict resolution for family members
What can you do to promote world peace?
Go home and love your family.
Our family therapy experience with Kerry has helped us to better communicate with our daughter and help her voice and feelings be heard. Kerry helped us to come up with solutions as a family rather than tell us what we were doing wrong. The communication and listening skills that we learned have made a big difference in the way that we interact as a family.The Ingrams