Family Therapy Bethesda Strategies
Family therapy can include an entire family, individuals within a family, or a couple. In family or couples therapy, change is viewed in terms of the systems of interaction among family members. The focus is what goes on between individuals rather than within one individual.
Family therapy helps families or individuals within a family understand and improve the way members interact with each other and resolve conflicts together. This type of therapy strengthens the entire family, allowing each family member to rely on one another to work towards desired family change.
Family can be the biggest source of support, comfort, joy and love. At times, it can also be your greatest source of strain and grief. A health crisis, marital struggle, mental illness, work problems or teenage rebellion may threaten to tear your family apart.
Family therapy can help your family weather such storms. Family therapy can help patch strained relationships, teach new coping skills and improve how your family works together. Whether it's you, your partner, a child or even a sibling or parent who's in crisis, family therapy can help all of you communicate better and develop new behavioral patterns.
At the Counseling Center of Maryland , we work with families with a variety of challenges including having a child with special needs such as autism, divorce, parenting strategies, and conflict within the family.
Research conducted in 2019 compared coaching parents of children with difficulty regulating their emotions verses providing therapy directly to the children. The research demonstrated that the parent coaching was at least equal in effectiveness and in many cases more effective than working directly with the children. We offer individual parent coaching as well as parent coaching skills groups.
There has been research demonstrating that often, siblings experience the most significant impact of having an individual with special needs within a family.
Siblings often experience anger; guilt (for their anger); embarrassment; isolation/loneliness/loss; resentment; envy (of their friends’ “normal” sibling relationships); over-identification (wondering if there is something wrong with them too); pressure to achieve; increased responsibilities.
Alongside a vast array of difficult feelings, most siblings also have fierce devotion. They are often more empathetic toward differences in others, more compassionate, and more likely to have some philanthropic or professional involvement helping others. Sibling support can come in the form of individual therapy, family therapy, or sibling support groups. In these formats, siblings benefit from have their feelings validated, understanding that these feelings are universal and working through the emotional challenges with which they are presented.
Change is viewed in terms of the systems
of interaction among family members.