Family therapy is a type of psychotherapy that helps families or individuals within a family understand and improve the way family members interact with each other and resolve conflicts together. At Aspire Wellness Clinic, we believe this type of therapy strengthens the entire family, allowing each family member to rely on one another to work towards desired family change. The family can be the biggest source of support, comfort, joy and love. At times, it can also be your greatest source of stress and grief. A health crisis, marital struggle, mental illness, work problems or teenage rebellion may threaten to tear your family apart.
At Aspire Wellness in Temecula, CA, we believe family therapy can help your family weather such storms. Family therapy can help patch strained relationships, teach new coping skills and improve how your family works together. Whether it’s you, your partner, a child or even a sibling or parent who’s in crisis, family therapy can help all of you communicate better and develop new behavioral patterns. Working with our clinicians you and your family will examine your family’s ability to solve problems and express thoughts and emotions. You may explore family roles, rules and behavior patterns in order to spot issues that contribute to conflict. Family therapy can help you pinpoint your specific concerns and assess how your family is handling them. Guided by your Aspire Wellness therapist, you’ll learn new ways to interact and overcome old problems. You’ll set individual and family goals and work on ways to achieve them as a family. Starting therapy with an Aspire Wellness therapist can be one of the best things you do when your family is experiencing difficulty. You can begin to heal emotional wounds, come to understand one another better and restore a sense of harmony you may not have felt for a long time.
Knowing When to get Help For Your Family
Importantly, whenever a situation starts to control our lives, affecting our everyday functioning, it is a clear signal we need a neutral perspective. Healthy conflict is a natural part of any relationship; ongoing stress is not. There are several warning signs of undue stress for both children and parents. If your eating habits or sleeping patterns have changed recently or if you feel tired and down most of the time and there is no physical explanation, this could be an indication you are experiencing higher than normal levels of stress. Significant weight gain or loss, anxiousness, irritability and consistent headaches and or stomachaches can also signal a body in overload. If you or your child is abusing alcohol or using drugs, this is a sure sign you need help. Skipping school, failing grades and promiscuous behavior are all good indicators that something is wrong. Whether you are aware or not, the conflicts in your life can seriously affect both your emotional and physical well-being. Unresolved issues can quickly overtake our lives and affect everyone around us. Although we will never be able to completely remove all of life’s many conflicts, often counseling can offer us a new perspective and give us the tools to resolve it in a healthy and acceptable way. Sometimes an impartial voice is all that is needed to clear the way for mutual understanding and a peaceful existence.
Utilizing Counseling to Resolve Family Arguments and Conflicts
Addressing family arguments can be a difficult and challenging event given the number of people and personalities that become involved. Working with your Aspire Wellness Clinic therapist, we recognize that often a family’s patterns of relating to each other and style of communication can be deeply entrenched. Often, roles within the family have been well established with individual members being identified with such labels as “the over-achiever”, “the trouble-maker”, “the peace-maker”, or “the enabler”.
At Aspire Wellness Clinic, we believe resolving family conflict is a two-fold approach. First, is to determine what has caused the current crisis and what family members are prepared to do to reach an acceptable resolution. Throughout this process, the second component of conflict resolution takes place; learning to communicate effectively ensuring there is not any misunderstanding or assumptions that develop
In some situations, families are faced with a specific event that causes a disagreement. This could include how to care fro an aging parent, how to support a couple through a separation, or dealing with a disruptive teen. Common is most families as well, is the existence of previous events that have been left unresolved that contribute to the emotion of the current situation. Your Aspire Wellness therapist is committed to working through these historical issues where individuals are ready to address these painful past events. However, in some instances, counseling reaches a successful resolution when the present concern is addressed.
If you would like to meet or talk with one of our therapists about family counseling call our Temecula, CA office at (951) 363-3150, or fill out our secure online form.