5 Reasons Why You Need Family Therapy

Family With Teenagers Enjoying Meal TogetherAre you interested in fighting less and having more fun in your family?

Guilford Family Counseling is a group of skilled and awesome therapists who help teens and young adults as well as their families. One of the best ways that we support families is through offering family therapy in our Santa Rosa counseling office.

Family therapy is a type of counseling that helps family members improve communication and resolve conflicts.

Sounds like a good idea right?

Just in case you need further convincing, here are 5 reasons you should consider taking advantage of family therapy.

1. All families have unique challenges, especially during the teenage years

It has been said that the most difficult times for parents often come during the toddler and the teenage years. Sometimes teenagers seem to act like toddlers! 🙂

The truth is that every family faces unique challenges. If you have a struggling teenager, there is no doubt that she is having a huge impact on the entire family. No one is exempt from dealing with the bumps and bruises that come from raising a teenager.

The good news is that you don’t  have to figure it all out on your own.

2. A good family therapist is a huge asset

I think it is a fantastic idea for a family to connect with a good therapist during the pre-teen years. Someone who can be a resource and a guide over time. Someone who gets to know your family extremely well.

Having a relationship with a family therapist that you trust allows you to navigate difficult situations much easier. Most families benefit from brief stretches of counseling to support them at critical times.

3. It is always a good idea to gain skills and tools

The fact is that no one knows how to parent a teenager without previous experience. It’s an on the job training sort of deal!

It can be helpful to learn positive ways to communicate, constructive ways to use discipline, how to avoid power struggles and so many other parenting skills.

Reading parenting books is a good idea and talking to supportive friends can be amazing. However, there is a unique benefit to consulting with a family therapist who can help your family with your specific challenges.

4. It really can be a positive experience for everyone in your family

Family therapy might sound like a serious thing and something that is only for families with “problems.” But, you don’t have to have a crisis to benefit from family therapy. No one has to be in trouble.

In fact, it really can be a positive experience. In family therapy everyone gets a chance to be heard. Problems, whether small or large, get discussed in a productive way. The focus is on strengthening the family and coming up with practical solutions.

5. It is not a good idea to wait to get support if your family needs it

It is pretty common for couples to seek marriage counseling when they are on the verge of divorce. Often times it is too little too late. Delayed maintenance is never a good thing, whether it is your car, your house or your family.

The impact of a family in constant conflict is huge. If you are aware of some potential problem areas in your family it may be a good idea to take some proactive action. Family therapy could be an excellent option to consider.

So what do you think, does your family need a tune-up?

It never hurts to talk to someone to see how family therapy can help.

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Uriah Guilford

Uriah Guilford is a Marriage & Family Therapist. He specializes in working with teenage boys, young adults and families. Uriah helps young people who struggle with depression, anxiety, substance abuse and anger management. He is also a father, husband and a pretty awesome drummer.