Family counseling is a form of psychotherapy that seeks to reduce distress and conflict by improving the systems of interactions between family members. While therapists working with families often seek to have all family members (affected by the problem) in the room, that is not always possible or necessary. What distinguishes family counseling from individual counseling is perspective or framework, rather than the number of people present at the counseling session. Family counseling views problems as patterns or systems that need adjusting as opposed to residing in a person. This is why family counseling is often referred to as a “strengths based treatment.”
Our providers feel strongly that family’s come in all shapes and sizes. At Birchwood, we define a “family member” as anyone who plays a long-term supportive role in one’s life, which may not always mean blood relations or family members in the same household.
Marriage, Couples, & Family Counseling
Divorce / Blended families
Often pregnancies, and the addition of children in the home can add an increase in mental health symptoms. This can impact not just mothers, but fathers, children, and other family members as well. This can be especially true when a family experiences a loss of a pregnancy or of a child. Family counseling can help a family work through those heavy emotions and offer support during a difficult time.