Individual Counseling or psychotherapy is the process of working with a licensed professional to establish a personal state of wellbeing. The focus may be on emotional or behavior problems, or people who have a mental health disorder.
Some reasons individual counseling might be right for you are:
- Marriage problems, infidelity, divorce or other relationship issues
- Stress and anxiety
- Addictions and compulsive behavior
- Trauma, Loss and Grief
- Career choice
- Parenting or family problems
- Chronic pain or illness
- Domestic violence or abuse
Couples Counseling, also known as Marriage Counseling, helps couples resolve conflict and improve their intimate relationships. They work with the therapist to determine the goals. Couples may aim to strengthen their relationship, amicably renegotiate its terms or seek terminate it altogether.
Some indications you may need help:
- Communication is Broken.
- Unresolved Issues.
- Money, Money, Money Woes.
- Lack of Trust.
- Changed Sex Life.
- Children or Others Hinder “We” Time.
Another related form of counseling is Relationship Counseling. In addition to members of a family or a couple, the identified relationship may exist in a workplace or other business environment.
Growing up in our family was like an institution of higher learning. We had lectures, hands-on experiences, tests, unpaid internships and house parties.
Family in its broadest sense is a group of people living together under one roof. They share core beliefs, values and rules. The core or immediate family may include a spouse or spouses, parent(s), brother, sister, son and/or daughter. Extended family may include grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews nieces and/or relatives.
Families by design are units that change and grow. Change is often uncomfortable. When difficulties arise, dysfunction occurs. Dysfunction is a natural occurrence. Help is needed for those who experience stress and other emotions as a result of instability.
Family circumstances in possible need of counseling are:
- Blended family
- Adopted/foster families
- Single parent household
- Extended family in transition (illness or death)
- Family in Addiction or other Mental Health Crisis
- Victims of Trauma
- Any desiring growth in any area
Families in Addiction
Addiction can tear a family apart.
Seek help whether the effects are visible or not.
Families in Addiction are in emotional pain. The trauma of the experience is no respecter of person in regards to age, gender, culture, socioeconomic status, education or religion. Active addiction is often referred to as a hurricane destroying everything in its path. As a result, the addicted family member and all others are initially caught in the whirlwind. As the storm ceases due to treatment, or in some cases detachment due to the addict’s reluctance to get help, each family member must seek healing from the trauma caused by their loved one’s addiction. Guilt, shame, resentment anger and other emotions must be addressed.
Education and support are important to your recovery from the effects of this disease. This takes time and effort.
Family in Addiction Counseling can address:
- Science of Addiction
- Family patterns of addiction
- Roles in the Dysfunctional Family
- Addiction Prone Behavior
- Communication Skills
- Setting Healthy Boundaries
Support groups such as Al-Anon are great for ongoing support. Locate one or more to visit in your area. As with any resource, find the one that best meets your need.
Al-Anon Family Groups
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Letting go is sometime “easier said than done.”
Life Transition Coaching helps individuals, couples and families reflect on one particular life stage that is currently causing stress, anxiety and or depression. Every transition requires change which may pose difficulties. Life transitions can also affect the family structure and function.
Working with a counselor can help gain perspective, set goals, identify skills and strategies to “write the new chapter” in your life.
You might need to get help if the following is causing distress:
- Marriage or Divorce
- Birth or Adoption of a child
- Crisis of Faith
- Change of Careers
- Parenting Adjustments
- Empty Nest
- Caregiving for Loved Ones
- Chronic Illness
- End of Life Issues