Family Counseling

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Effective Family Counseling in Austin, Texas

Does this sound like issues your family is dealing with?

Would you like some support to work through struggles with your adult child or siblings?

Have you drifted apart or had arguments that have caused division in the family?

Would you like to feel closer within your family?

Would you like some support for your blended family?

Are you experiencing a big transition- illness, new partner, coming out to the family, death, divorce, or other life event?

At Relationships Matter Austin, we can help you identify what’s not working, deepen the connection between family members, re-establish new roles and boundaries, and ways of connecting so that each person thrives within the family unit.

Families come in all shapes and sizes. There are no two alike. Each of us has our own idea of what a family is. Our family lives can be tremendously gratifying and enriching, but they can also become a source of tension. Families may seek the support of therapy to resolve chronic struggles that have developed with certain members of the family or as a whole.

We can help you learn to interact in new ways with each other to decrease conflict and increase connection.

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In families, we can each take on certain roles based on the family dynamics. This is often done unconsciously. As we become adults, we can take a look at these roles which often are not representative of our full self. We can start to see our parents and siblings in a new light. This can open up new avenues in our relationships with our family members.

Counseling can help open up lines of communication.

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Sometimes it can be difficult to communicate with other family members for many different reasons such as different beliefs, values, or because of past hurts that are unresolved. A family therapist can help provide a safe environment for you to discuss your needs and concerns and come to more understanding with your parent, sibling, or other relative.

Family Counseling- Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be blamed for my family’s problems?

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Family Counseling does not blame anyone. We believe that although people are trying to do “what’s best”, they can get stuck in patterns of interaction that lead to the development of symptoms in one or more family members. Our strategy is to bring out the family’s strengths and resources and to help address the concerns of the family. Each person is a valuable part of the family and each person’s needs are important.

Does everyone in the family need to attend?

Family therapy does not necessarily mean involvement of all family members in all sessions. We are flexible and adaptive to the needs of each situation. The most important time for full family involvement is in the initial evaluation process. Sometimes families are seen as a whole and sometimes in smaller groups depending on your needs and goals. We will discuss what is recommended in collaboration with you.

My children are adults. Isn’t it too late for family therapy?

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It’s never too late to learn better ways to interact with your loved ones. It can be difficult to maintain a connected relationship with adult children, especially as they move away and create families and lives of their own. Working with a counselor can help you and your adult children resolve past wounds, navigate healthy boundaries and adapt to your new roles in each other’s lives.

Other families are able to resolve their problems without help. Is something wrong with us?

Despite appearances, no family is perfect, and everyone needs help from time to time. If your family is struggling to adjust to a difficult transition or engaging in the same repetitive arguments, an experienced and compassionate family counselor can help. Your counselor can offer individualized tools to help your family address and overcome issues now, as well as in the future.

“Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.” – Virginia Satir