Each family has struggles, unique ways of interacting and communicating with each others and their own set of “handed-down” rules and expectations. Sometimes families can become overwhelmed and issues or concerns that at one point were mild become magnified. It’s common for clients to ask our opinion on how to manage interactions with family members.
As an example, maybe you and a sibling are dealing with a lifelong conflict and it has recently worsened. Or your mother is struggling with a mood disorder and you are charged with taking care of her. We can work with a family as a group and sit down to address concerns. More commonly, we help support and guide individuals on how to set positive boundaries, identify family member roles and the effect of those roles on the family, and help in adjusting behaviors to elicit more positive interactions with the family.
Did you know hat we cannot not communicate? Or that each relationship has patterns of interaction? Many times, even if a person is middle-aged and/or parents, they can quickly take on the roles held as children when in the company of the family. If you are interested in more information on this topic, visit our resources page for additional links.