Professional and confidential help for adults in the Chicago area.
What Is Family Counseling/Therapy?
If your family is going through a tough time — whether it’s from stress, anger, or other life transitions, family therapy can make a difference. It can help couples, children, or members of an extended family learn to communicate better and work through conflicts.
How Can Family Counseling/Therapy Help?
Problems in your family can affect all areas of family members’ lives. You and your loved ones might notice trouble interfering with work, at school, or in everyday interactions with other people.
Some of the things that we can help with, but not limited to, are:
- Conflicts between family members
- Substance abuse or addiction
- A family member’s mental illness
- Difficulties between siblings
- Children’s behavior problems
- Caring for a family member with special needs
- Issues with extended family members
- A family member’s illness or a death in the family
- Separation or divorce, and all issues related to this process
What Happens During Family Counseling/Therapy?
First, your therapist will talk to everyone in the family to help her understand what’s going on. She’ll ask questions about how each person views the problems, when the trouble started, and how the family has been trying to manage things so far.
Next, the therapist will work out a treatment plan. The goal is to improve conflict or issues in your family, and not to blame anyone for the problems. The therapist will use different treatment modalities, during the session, that are individualized, based on your family needs.
Your therapist will help family members communicate better, solve problems, and find new ways to work together. Family counseling/therapy can’t always make a problem go away. But it can give family members new skills to get through difficult situations in healthier ways.
Family counseling/therapy doesn’t have to take a long time. The average is about 8-10 sessions. How often you meet with a family therapist and how many sessions you’ll need will depend on the specific issues you focus on in therapy.
When it feels like the issues in your family are too big for you to handle — and aren’t getting better — it may be time to see a counselor/therapist. We at Life Solutions Counseling Services can help you find new ways to manage struggles, conflicts, and challenges within your family.