Family Counseling

Posted on November 3, 2011

Family counseling in Indianapolis has many shapes and sizes.  To begin, families are unique and bring various sets of concerns to family counseling.  No two families function the same, so the possibilities for families needing family counseling are endless.  Some families experience abnormal amounts of conflict and seek family counseling to maintain healthy conflict management.  On the other hand, some families struggle to express intimate, emotional connection and experience very little to no communication.  Whatever the reason, family counseling can be incredibly beneficial with hard work and a desire to watch your family make positive change.

 

What if I think my family will not change or cannot be helped?

 

It is incredibly common for families to believe that change is hopeless and that they will remain the same forever.  In some respect, this belief can be true.  Most families repeat patterns that have been passed down from generation to generation with little or no consideration on how specific behaviors that have been passed down can be beneficial or detrimental to their own family’s function.  The transmission of family patterns is also complicated by marriage and the beginning of new families.  Think about it.  Every family is really a combination of two families that have passed down generations of interactions and behavioral patterns.  This can lead to complicated family dynamics.  However, changing those family dynamics is not hopeless.  Many families can easily alter their patterns of interaction with a few simple steps.  The hard part is realizing that your family may have detrimental patterns of interaction and then working to change those patterns.  The changes, most times, are not complicated, but they do take hard work and dedication as your family works together to make minor changes that will lead to major positive influence on future generations.

 

Our problem is just too weird.  I bet a counselor would not be able to understand us or help us.

 

Most families feel like their problems are too large for someone else to understand, not to mention, and begin to change.  How often have you thought that your family is weird and that your family will never change?  Well, counselors actually welcome all types of problems and families to their work.  In most cases, the problem may be different, but the treatment in family counseling is incredibly similar.  I encourage you to speak with a family counselor before deciding that your family is unable to be helped.  I bet you will discover that the counselor you work with will have understanding, compassion, and treatment options for you.

 

Wouldn’t it be easier to just quit my family and start something new?

 

In some cases, beginning something new can be easier, but in most cases working hard to make changes in your current family will be easier and more rewarding.  Yes, it takes hard work, energy, and dedication, but once you’ve given yourself to your family to make changes, the reward is well worth the hard work.  Most families will see progress once small changes are introduced and over time the family will begin functioning with healthier patterns.  Your family that seems weird, unable to be helped, and hopeless may just become the kind of family you have always wanted after you invest in family counseling.

 

If your family is experiencing troubling interactions, I encourage you to make an appointment with a family counselor.  Investigate the possibilities your family has before giving up.

 

Kristie L. Watts, LMFTA

 

Kristie Watts is a Marriage and Family Therapy Resident at Groff and Associates Counseling.  Her passions are grief and loss, parent/child relationships, and pregnancy related struggles.  If you are interested in seeing a counselor and think that Kristie may be a good fit, please contact her at kristie@groffandassociates.com.

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