An individuals’ experience within their family are the eyes for how they see everything else in life. I found it interesting that when I looked up the definition for a “family” in the dictionary there were 15 definitions. How telling that number is at how much the family unit has changed throughout the years. We have biological families, step families, adoptive families, people who are “like family”, the list goes on and on. The pressure that families face today are enormous. With increased responsibilities to school, sports, work, and church families are finding it harder and harder to get along. In family therapy, having an outside objective perspective as a therapist can help the family gain new insights into family problems and appropriate solutions.
In family counseling, we work together with the family to learn the family dynamics, individual roles, alliances, communication styles, and other relationship patterns that are affecting the overall well being of the family. The family unit in family therapy is seen as a system, not just a group of people. Why, because each family member has an influence on the development and behavior of other family members. Its a lot like a puzzle, take one piece out and the puzzle does not fit together correctly. In family counseling we work together with the whole family to: increase communication, develop awareness into individual roles, foster respect, encourage responsibility, and lastly resolve conflicts appropriately.
If your family could benefit from family counseling please call the Colorado Center For Healing And Change today to set up an initial consultation at 720-204-8747. We’ll be more than happy to answer any of your questions!