Family Therapy in Mount Pleasant

What Is Family Therapy?

Family therapy is a type of psychological counseling (psychotherapy) that can help family members improve communication and resolve conflicts.

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Family therapy is often short term. It may include all family members or just those able or willing to participate. Your specific treatment plan will depend on your family's situation. Family therapy sessions can teach you skills to deepen family connections and get through stressful times, even after you're done going to therapy sessions.

Family therapy can help you improve troubled relationships with your partner, children or other family members. You may address specific issues such as marital or financial problems, conflict between parents and children, or the impact of substance abuse or a mental illness on the entire family.

Family therapy is used to address family conflict by improving the communication and interaction of its members. It examines how a person's behavior affects both the individual and their relationship as part of a family. It usually involves multiple family members.

When to Seek Help

  • If your family is experiencing one or more of the symptoms below, it may be time to consider engaging the services of a qualified professional family therapist.

  • Do one or more of your family members cause an "energy drain" in your family?

  • Do members of your family exhibit excessive anger, fear, sadness, ​depression or other emotional reactions?

  • Do you find it hard to communicate with a family member or members? Are you experiencing the "silent treatment" more often than usual?

  • Has a family member become isolated or unresponsive?

  • Do you feel safe in the family dynamic? Have there been or are you afraid of there being a violent response to a family issue?

  • Does someone in your family exhibit feelings of depression or hopelessness? Has a death or other tragic circumstance left the family at a loss to cope with life on a daily basis?

  • Has there been a change in your children’s normal behavior? Are their grades suffering? Have they withdrawn from activities that they normally enjoy? Are they showing disruptive behavior at home, towards another sibling or at school?

  • Do one or more family members have a substance abuse issue? Is there a family member with an eating disorder or showing other signs of self harm?

Family therapy sessions can help:

  • Improve communication skills.

  • Provide help treating mental health concerns that impact the family unit (such as substance abuse, depression, or trauma)

  • Offer collaboration among family members.

  • Develop individual coping strategies.

  • Develop and maintain healthy boundaries.

  • Facilitate cohesion and communication.

  • Promote problem-solving by a better understanding of family dynamics.

  • Build empathy and understanding.

  • Reduce conflict within the family.

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