Family Therapy Boston
Family is everything. Most of us would do anything we could to keep our family members healthy and happy. Sometimes, a problem affecting one family member can have a serious ripple effect, impacting other members of the family. TalkThinkThrive offers Boston, MA with family therapy services that can help families resolve issues and manage circumstances affecting their family’s health and happiness.
Family Mental Health
Most of us can easily tell when we have a fever or stomach discomfort. Even better, we often know just what to do to address these health conditions. We’ll take medicine and rest and often will be well again.
A family’s mental health is a different ball game. Some homes are battlegrounds and others are akin to a duck in a storm—calm on the surface, but paddling underneath, creating ripples all around them. A loved one may appear calm and collected but everyone might miss the paddling that’s hidden out of their sight. Sometimes, it’s these “out-of-sight” things that end up affecting the entire family.
In other families, a mother may struggle to juggle her career and taking care of a newborn. Or a husband might be dealing with the loss of a job. A daughter or son may be weathering the effects of adolescence. The list can go on, with each family enduring their own kind of trial.
Raising a family (and, sometimes, just being a part of one) comes with responsibilities. As a couple, you need support through the ups and downs of a married life. As parents, you need help raising your kids (and extra help if you have kids with special needs). Your children need support, too, as they discover themselves, interact with one another, cope with major changes or adjustments, navigate the maze that is life.
TalkThinkThrive Boston’s family therapists are here to help families recover, adjust and move on after a disaster, as they find their “new normal.” From welcoming a newborn, to learning to live through major life changes or developments – working with an experienced family counselor can ease your transition and provide healing.
When to seek out Family Therapy?
When can Family Therapy help?
- Solving conflicts in a relationship – between couples or parents.
- Helping kids with behavioral or school-related problems.
- Resolving sibling rivalry by helping them get along – especially if they are about the same age or are going through a difficult stage in their life, like adolescence roller coaster.
- Supporting a family member who is living with a chronic or long-term mental or physical illness, including depression, and drug and substance abuse.
- Resolving internal and external relationship issues.
- Dealing with various growth and development challenges or issues facing children.
- Promoting work-life balance, finding workable solutions to job problems that often include stress or problems at work, and dealing with unemployment.
- Navigating the difficult times like the loss of a loved one, or surviving a natural crisis or accident.
- Dealing with sudden change, such as an accident that leaves a family member dependent on others, relocating to a new city, or incarceration of a family member.
- Adjusting to a new addition in the family—newborn, foster or adopted child, or a relative from the extended family.
- Handling divorce, couple conflict, abuse, communication problems, and more.
Who Benefits From Family Therapy?
Because a problem that affects one family member impacts everyone else in the family, family therapy will always benefit everyone in the family, even if it’s just one parent and their child. Based on this approach, family therapy is typically designed to be practiced with the family as a unit, not simply targeted to family members as separate individuals.
By design, family therapy recognizes the need to help one member for the good of everyone. Family counseling sessions generally take a holistic approach, incorporating the entire family, as opposed to a quick-fix route that addresses only one problem on the surface.
Here’s how family therapy can help each member exactly where they’re at in their lives:
- Children – Children, however small, can experience anxiety, get depressed, and suffer emotional trauma or abuse. Child therapy can be a powerful tool for improving mental health, resiliency and overall well being in kids. Counseling helps children overcome anxiety and family-based issues while equipping the rest of the family with skills to support them and help them cope, when needed.
- Teenagers or Adolescents – This stage presents a lot of challenges in homes and schools. For some families, adolescence brings unique challenges that can be difficult—if not impossible—to resolve on their own. From low self-esteem to identity crises and from peer pressure to drug use and abuse, there are a number of circumstances and life choices that can be managed and overcome with the support and guidance of professional help.
- Parents and Couples – A dysfunctional relationship between co-parents negatively impact the entire family. Whether or not parents hide disagreements by keeping their issues to themselves, kids can always tell when something is amiss.
Mental health professionals are skilled and experienced in providing strategies for better communication. Sometimes, this is all that stands between your kid and their ideal self. Plus, as a neutral third-party, your TalkThinkThrive family therapist may have a way in that you wouldn’t have as a parent.
For couples and co-parents struggling with relationship issues, family therapy or marriage counseling can help tackle the underlying problem, equip them to better communicate, and prevent their struggles from negatively affecting their kids. Instead of a home being a haven, kids from broken and dysfunctional families associate home with insecurity, fear, and guilt. To keep your home safe and your children well, contact TalkThinkThrive to book a session with one of our family therapists today.