If you and your husband or wife are thinking about going to counseling to fix problems in your marriage, or to prevent certain issues from becoming major difficulties, you may have considered the benefit of taking the whole family to counseling. If this is the case, you may want to search for marriage family counselors in your area. Here are some of the things that a counselor will be able to do for your family, as well as some resources for finding online help so that you can practice some of the principles you learn at sessions at home.
While a marriage counselor will primarily work with a husband and wife, marriage family counselors will help you to figure out how to relate to one another in your marriage, but will also give you the information you need to be better parents. The counselor will also work with your children to find out why they are behaving a certain way, or to help them work through feelings of hurt, anger, or resentment. This way, every one in the family will be able to get the help that they need, which means there will be more harmony in the home.
Marriage family counselors will most likely have a few sessions with everyone as a family unit, and then break the unit up, so that he or she can figure out every member of the family’s definition of themes like ‘togetherness’, ‘love’, ‘obedience’, and ‘unity.’ Parents may face challenges exercising discipline in the home, because they are afraid that their children will not love them if they are strict with them, and children many resist their parent’s strict ways if they feel that they are not disciplining them out of love. Married couples may not see the necessity of having some of the same ideals when it comes to raising children, and this may begin to cause marital problems that can be challenging to repair. By having separate sessions with marriage family counselors, family members are able to figure out their faults and personality traits, and can be more accepting of one another, even when conflicts arise.
Your local hospital or wellness center may be a great place to find marriage family counselors. You can ask your doctor for referrals, and your physician will probably be able to point you in the direction of mental health counselors as well, since many families undergo counseling when one family member is especially ill. Members of your church or place of worship may also be able to provide you with some great resources for finding marriage family counselors. And, you may even want to consider starting a ‘support group’ with church members that are dealing with similar issues.
For more great suggestions on finding marriage family counselors in your area, or for online advice, visit www.marriagecounseling.com, or www.marriage.eharmony.com.