Family as “a group of two or more persons consisting of parents and children living together in a household, related by birth, marriage, or adoption.”
This definition is a good starting point when trying to define what family consists of, however there are modern day definitions that redefine what family is today. Who is your family?
Separation, divorce, or blended family adjustments
Changes in the family unit are diffi cult for everyone, parents and children alike. Counseling can assist families with this adjustment, through addressing their feelings, communication, and boundaries. If the difficulties can be addressed early through Family Therapy then distress and struggles for the whole family can be lessened.
Behavioral issues and academic concerns in children and adolescents
Parenting can be challenging and kids can change so quickly. Families may find old discipline or coping strategies don’t work and need some guidance on new skills to help their children.
Stressors and Conflicts
Many life events can cause a strain on family, such as illness, financial problems, sibling conflict, parent and child disagreements, miscommunication of feelings and emotions, parenting inconsistencies, and marital problems. Family Therapists look to find the strengths within a family and encourage new ways to communicate and problem solve when life stressors occur. Family Therapy focuses on the family’s interactions with one another, clarifies miscommunications and barriers, encourages new coping skills and communication styles.