Family dynamics can be difficult, no matter how close you are and how well you have raised your children. When families are happy, healthy, and in good spirits, it may seem like nothing could get them down. However, not all families are stable, and events happen in life that can create turmoil and issues amongst family members. This is especially true in today’s modern age, where we are constantly exposed to negativity, acts of violence, and other crises that can harm your family dynamics. So, how do you know when it is time for your family to seek therapy? First of all, there is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking help and guidance for your family. There is a stigma around therapy and counseling that we must fight every single day. Luckily, it seems more and more people are understanding – and embracing – the benefits of therapy and how it can help shape a healthier life and self.
There are many reasons why a family may want to look into therapy, from raising children with disabilities, financial stresses, behavioral challenges, and the various stages of different children and family members that may need some outside assistance. While many families are resilient to these kinds of issues, this is not the case for everyone. Even families that appear happy, stable, and loving to outsiders have their fair share of difficulties and could benefit from therapy. With that in mind, let’s look at five signs your family may need therapy:
- Your family members have difficulty getting along and functioning together – If you dread getting together with your family members and feel the energy is zapped from the room every time you get together, it may be time to seek outside help. Being with your family shouldn’t be burdensome, and if it is, we may be able to help.
- Your family get-togethers are emotionally-charged – If your family members have extreme emotional reactions and behaviors on a regular basis when together, something isn’t right. If your loved ones are exhibiting excessive anger, fear, sadness, depression, or other negative emotions, you may want to look into therapy.
- Your family has a hard time communicating – Communication is the key to any relationship, including your family members. If you find it hard to communicate with one another and have one or more family members that don’t engage, therapy may be helpful.
- Your family members are withdrawing – If you are noticing a new pattern of disillusionment or disinterest in family activities, it could mean one of your family members is going into seclusion. We have helped numerous families deal with these types of concerns in a supportive and beneficial way.
- Violence is present – Finally, if you are noticing symptoms of violence – either to oneself or other family members – and you feel this behavior is becoming a problem, we encourage you to contact us today.
As a Dallas therapy center, we have helped countless families tackle challenges, address relationship concerns, and work out their issues in general. Please give us a call today and schedule an initial meeting to see if we are the right fit for your family.