Family counseling in Baton Rouge, LA may help to promote better relationships and understanding within a family. It may be incident specific, as for example family counseling during a divorce, or the approaching death of a family member. Alternately family counseling may address the needs of the family when one family member suffers from a mental or physical illness that alters his or her behavior or habits in negative ways.
Family counseling often occurs with all members of the family unit present. This may not always be the case. A family member who suffers from alcoholism or drug addiction might not attend sessions, and might actually be the reason why other family members seek out family counseling.
Strategic Therapists approach Family Therapy with the belief that families often experience challenges at significant points in their life cycle, such as in times of major transition. We explore the “role” of the primary issue wanting to be changed, i.e., the function that the issue plays within the family itself. It is common for a therapist who uses Strategic approaches to offer direct, alternative behaviors to perform in between sessions, in order to help shift the individual and family patterns.
You may meet as a whole family, but also have some supplemental individual appointments to address topics and issues that relate to your family’s therapy work.