Family counselling helps one understand and cope better with the stresses and strains of family life. Families can be a source of support, encouragement and love but sometimes relationships within families are put under strain and family members feel isolated or overlooked and unhappy. Often family becomes a source of interpersonal difficulties. Since the problem arises from within the family the need to seek outside professional support seems right.
Family counselling includes:-:-
- Giving every family member a voice and an opportunity to be heard without fear or favour.
- Unhelpful and helpful patterns of interaction are identified. The counsellor helps the family work towards the goal of making family interactions healthy and productive.
- An individual’s behavior is influenced by how the family functions. The counsellor helps family members communicate with one another effectively, develop skills to resolve issues faced and enhance their relationships with each other.
- Counselors can help members relate to each other’s feelings and then work out the differences.
The counsellor can meet the family together and different members separately too. Since the family is a system, change is best facilitated by working with the family as a whole. Neither the individual nor the family is blamed for any problem. Families are helped to recognize factors that contribute to a given problem. They can then jointly participate in finding solutions.
Family counselling can help reduce conflict which means fewer rows at home and can help everyone cope better with their situation.