Family counseling aims to address psychological, behavioral, and emotional issues that cause family problems. Family members will work with a therapist to develop and maintain a healthy relationship.
Benefits of family counseling
The benefits of counseling vary from family to family. They can include:
developing healthy boundaries
defining someone’s role within the family
improving family dynamics and relationships
providing strength and coping tools for family members
addressing dysfunctional interactions
improving the family’s problem-solving abilities
Research in the Journal of Family Therapy suggests family counseling effectively addresses issues with children, which include:
Family counseling can also help people with mental health issues.
A 2020 study suggests families might find counseling useful for the following reasons:
difficulty communicating or expressing emotions
conflicts between siblings
developing a functional and healthy relationship following a divorce
adapting to a major change
dealing with a chronic illness or death in the family
Behavioral issues and academic concerns in children and adolescents.
Mental health concerns.
Separation, divorce, or blended family adjustments.