Families are supposed to function in harmony as a unit. All too often, different members of any family may become detached, unstable, depressed or suffer from any number of other factors that will eventually affect every member of the family. It is important to know how to deal with each other, and when you need assistance, know that it's OK to seek help.
For many years counselors and therapists have treated families as a unit or family members on an individual basis. It is usually best if the therapist can see the family together as well as one on one. This will give him a clear picture of how the family interacts with one another. People tend to feel judged or more self-conscious when discussing their feelings in front of others. One on one counseling can help each member open up honestly about his feelings, as well as reveal any kind of abuse that may be going on that he does not feel comfortable revealing with everyone present. When everyone can be truthful with the counselor, he can handle the family as a unit better as he can see all sides and teach the family how to communicate and deal with each other in a positive manner.
Some counselors now offer in-home counseling. Basically, the counselor, or a team of counselors will move in with the family for a few days to observe the family in its own environment. Usually, this gives the therapist a clear idea of how the family interacts and treats each other so she can quickly assess what needs to be done by each member of the family to make the whole family come together.
Finding a Therapist
Finding a therapist to treat your family can ultimately hold your family together. If you have certain religious beliefs, it is probably best to find someone with a similar belief system, unless someone else in the family does not believe the same. Overall, make sure your therapist is licensed and check to see if she specializes in the main issue your family is having. Remember, any change can disrupt the balance of your family, so it is important to learn how to help and support each other without sacrificing your own feelings or beliefs.