- a group consisting of two parents and their children living together as a unit.
- all the descendants of a common ancestor.
Family is as simple as it complicated. Human beings always have opinions which are more often than not contradicting and conflicting nature. The same persists even through families, however, at times such contradictions manifest themselves in manners and ways which have negative presentations and connotations leading to familial conflicts internally creating a need for family counselling.
What is family counselling?
Family counselling as the name suggests is one of the various segments of therapy involving every member of the family in concern, operating on the basic idea of adjusting and correcting systems – hierarchical and otherwise – alongside patterns to avoid toxic manifestations of negative emotions. It views individualistic problems from a macro lens of a group and the impact they have on individual members as well as the entire household.
Family counselling aims to work on communication and relationships while discovering the root of the problem and solving the same. But before we get into further details, first and foremost it is important to understand who qualifies as family.
Who identifies as family today?
The definition given at the starting of this article is the most traditional and common of those present, however using a modern lens, and as used by psychologists well versed in family therapy, a family doesn’t always mean blood or something you’re born into, rather it can also be chosen. Family can be and is defined by many as people who play a supportive role in their life. They influence just about every aspect of our personality and thus, life as well as conscious as well as unconscious choices.
Good familial relations are necessary for mental peace and growth. The concept today usually holds and represents a light during trying times such as health diagnosis, addiction and rehab, divorces, domestic abuse, conservative stigma, and taboo, confrontational issues, and many more.
What to expect from family counselling?
The current pandemic has created an acute need for family therapy sessions, with people and families being forced to remain inside their houses for unhealthily long periods leading to either extreme or inadequate contact differing on the basis of perspective, relations, accommodation conditions, and more.
Family therapy sessions on an average take anywhere between 5-20 sessions, for positive results depending on individualistic problems, no of individuals involved, and many other such factors. They aim at reducing conflict, creating empathy, and understanding alongside healthy boundaries and communication to avoid future traumas.
Think that you (and your family) might benefit from a session? Or just have doubts if you need or require family counselling sessions? Or want to know about the therapy itself? Well, what are you waiting for?
Go book a slot on Mind Nurture and contact us immediately for scheduling online and/or offline sessions to ease some of the worries. We promise all our therapists are not only bound but also respect counsellor-client confidentiality. Help us make a difference and help us help you!