Families can benefit from therapy when they experience any stressful event that may strain family relationships, such as financial difficulties, divorce, moving, changes to job/school, or other life transitions. Additionally, it can help treat mental health concerns of one or more family members that is impacting the family as a whole, such as depression, substance abuse, chronic illness, and food issues, or everyday concerns, like communication problems, interpersonal conflict, or behavioral problems in children and adolescents.
Family counseling aims to improve communication, accountability, and clarify roles. It can be a catalyst for improving family dynamics and cohesion as well as help solve the problems of one or more individuals. For example, if a child is having behavioral or academic problems, therapy can focus on the family patterns that may contribute to the child's acting out, 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 other family members and work proactively on minimizing or altering the conditions that contribute to the child's unwanted behavior.