Family counseling works with the family as a whole in order to solve problems of one or more individuals.
For example, if a child is having problems at school, family counseling will focus on the patterns of the family that may contribute to the child's problems at school, rather than evaluating the child's behavior alone. As the family uncovers the source of the problem, they can learn to support the child and work proactively on minimizing the conditions that contribute to the child's unwanted behavior.
Families can benefit from therapy when they experience any stressful event:
- financial hardship
- death of a loved one
- substance abuse
- chronic illness
- food issues
- communication problems
- interpersonal conflict
- behavioral problems in children & adolescents