Family relationships are some of the most complicated and in depth relationships in a child’s life and often these relationships can become strained. Children may be struggling to adjust to life changes such as parents who are divorcing, Sometimes sibling relationships and rivalries become the focus of attention as well. As children mature, conflicts increase and many times are normal for the age and stage of life. The source of stress may also come from outside of the home but have an impact on family relationships.
Typically, if the family is the main focus of attention, the family as a unit will be involved in sessions together. The counselor will work with the family to understand it as a system, and how that system operates. From there, the family will work collaboratively to develop a family structure that serves the family unit better. Often this will include learning new communication strategies, discipline methods, problem-solving, and using family meetings. There may be instances when some member(s) of the family cannot or should not be involved in sessions, the counselor and client will develop alternate strategies to address the uniqueness of the situation.