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Family Counseling: 10 Ways Your Family Can Benefit

Family Counseling: 10 Ways Your Family Can Benefit


Family Counseling: 10 Ways Your Family Can Benefit


Like their individual members, families are unique, and so are their difficulties. Love generally binds them together, but when conflicts arise, it may not be enough to maintain peace and harmony. Unlike conflicts anywhere else, clashes at home cannot be left unresolved. With the intricate dynamics among family members, such interactions can be complex and highly emotionally charged.

Family conflicts can’t be avoided completely, no matter how hard everyone tries. Since you are individually unique, you will have varying opinions on different aspects of your lives and issues. For your family to maintain harmonious relationships, resolving conflicts is important. You may be wondering if there is a way to proactively manage this. Yes, there is: family therapy or counseling.

What is family therapy/counseling? According to HealthyPsych, it “is a form of psychotherapy that seeks to reduce distress and conflict by improving the systems of interactions between family members.” Its framework or perspective is different from individual counseling in the sense that family issues are viewed “as patterns or systems that need adjusting, as opposed to viewing problems as residing in the person.”


Family therapy is effective. Your family can benefit from it in the following ways:

  1. Improve family communication and interactions. Poor communication is usually the root of most conflicts and rifts in a domestic setting. Family counseling can improve the quality of your communication. Talking can help resolve misunderstandings and differences. Discovering constructive, alternative ways to say what one means without the use of offensive words and tones can minimize disagreements and foster understanding and harmony in the family.
  1. Stay positive when facing a family member’s serious ailment. Studies reveal that illness or disability can disrupt the whole family and that issues can arise from it in many ways. It can permeate the home environment, promote tension, disrupt day-to-day life, and bring negativity into family relationships. In such an environment, family members may easily snap and utter hurtful words. Counseling can provide strategies to foster optimism for everyone, helping them focus on the issues with acceptance and positivity.
  1. Reduce the tension that’s gripping your family. All families go through varied challenges that may threaten relationships and splinter them. Aside from illness, issues like divorce, death, and financial troubles can disrupt families. Rather than succumb to the tension that these issues can bring, seek counseling to help your family develop resilience.
  1. Bring the members closer to one another. Conflicts in a family can breed misunderstanding, arguments, alienation, and excessive pain, threatening the stability of the relationships. It has nothing to do with being weak or not loving each other enough. Counseling can help keep your family close by providing positive alternative ways to resolve your issues.
  1. Boost individual self-esteem. Having individual members with healthy self-esteem can contribute to a family’s success and happiness. Counseling can give parents tools and strategies to encourage and nurture their children’s self-esteem, as well as their own. Family counseling can improve your chances of weathering life challenges well, individually and as a unit.
  1. Help untangle complicated issues. It is common for families to underestimate the impact of conflicts in their relationships. Many think that love and understanding can prevail over petty problems. Unfortunately, not all family-destabilizing issues start as major threats. Generally, they start as minor concerns that snowball because they are ignored for far too long. Once they get to be very complicated, resolving them can become too difficult. Family counseling can help resolve these complicated issues by revealing the core issues in their simplest form.
  1. Help members adjust to changes or the results of family/parental decisions. It is easy for people to get confused and lose control over their lives when overwhelmed. For instance, a couple considering divorce may not clearly see the repercussions of their decision on their children’s welfare. Family counseling can not only clarify the core issues to help resolve them, but also help everyone accept the eventual result and effects of the decision.
  1. Address weaknesses and help members grow stronger. Families are only as strong as their weakest members. All people have weaknesses, and thus, so do all families. These weaknesses can potentially trigger complicated issues in your family. Thus, it is sensible that families work on strengthening the individual weak points to reinforce the foundation of the family as a unit. A counselor can help with this.
  1. Facilitate easier transitions during major changes. Major life transitions, such as the passing of a member or the collapse of a business, can destabilize any family and have a lasting impact on everyone. At such times, you must be unified to overcome the challenge. It is, however, difficult to stand by your parent, spouse, or sibling when you are also grieving. This is where counseling can help.
  1. Make ways for your family to be happy. Family counseling is often seen as a way to resolve problems, but it is more than that. It is a proactive strategy that can prevent the snowballing of petty concerns into big ones. It can provide tools to make individual family members more resilient. It can provide solutions that do not hurt the welfare of the other members. It is a critical way to achieve family happiness.


Regardless of how culture and society have changed in this millennium, fundamental aspects of families don’t change. A family is expected to be loving and supportive of each other. This can be difficult when conflicts are forcing you apart.

Your family may be beleaguered by many challenges, but Carolina Counseling Services — Pinehurst, NC, is on your side. A counselor can help you and your loved ones stay in harmony. If your family is saddled with issues you cannot resolve on your own, call us.


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Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Pinehurst, NC

Counties: Moore county, NC, Lee County, Hoke County, Chatham County

Areas: Pinehurst NC, West End NC, Taylortown NC, Seven Lakes NC, Eagle Springs NC, Jackson Springs NC, Foxfire NC, Candor NC, Norman NC, Ellerbe NC, Rockingham NC

Zip Codes: 27281, 27376, 28315, 28347, 28350, 28373, 28374, 28387, 28388, 28394

Kelly ErkenBrack, LCSW

Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Teens, Adults, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Trauma, Adjustments and Life Transitions, ADHD, Behavioral Issues, Parenting, Relationship Concerns, Self Esteem
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Robin Caswell, MSW, LCSW

Specializes in: (Ages 5+), Individuals, Adults, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Loss, ADHD, ODD, Trauma/PTSD, LGBTQ, Self-Harm, Military Family Life, Mood Disorders, OCD, Phobias
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Location: Pinehurst, NC

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