Navigating Family Conflict: How Can Therapy Help?
Conflict within the family is never ideal. Whether it’s small outbursts or big, ongoing fights, conflict can make a household feel incredibly tense.
Does it seem like your family has a hard time communicating? Do you wish you could ease the tension but don’t know how?
If you feel this way, you aren’t alone. As draining as family conflict can be to navigate, it isn’t uncommon.
Fortunately, therapy is an effective option to help your family communicate better and get back on track. Here are some of the benefits of family therapy so you can understand how it may help your family.
More Effective Communication
Communication is important in any relationship. In a family, many relationships happen all in one household. There may be a spousal relationship, parent/child relationships, and sibling relationships. Many families are blended, so there are also dynamics between step-parents and step-siblings.
Because there are so many relationship dynamics happening, it’s easy for miscommunication to occur. Where there’s miscommunication, there’s often fighting and hurt feelings—components that make for high levels of tension in the household.
Therapy can help your family work through its communication issues.
It’s helpful to have a therapist moderate discussions, especially when there are so many voices within a family. They can help you pinpoint where miscommunication may occur and how your family can take steps to fix it. Family therapy isn’t about pointing fingers or blaming someone. Instead, it’s about working together as a family to find real, meaningful solutions.
Feeling More Connected
Aside from facilitating communication, family therapy is about creating connection. Sometimes, it’s easy to get wrapped up in our own needs and concerns. When this happens, we may forget about our family member’s individual needs.
The first goal of therapy in creating connection is to establish everyone’s individual needs. Each family member will also have a chance to share what they think the family could improve on as a whole. As everyone shares their opinions, your family will have the opportunity to connect and come together as a unit. And when you feel more connected to your family members, it’s easier to see their perspective.
Disagreement and conflict are unavoidable in any family. However, with therapy, you can drastically cut down the amount of fighting that occurs in your family.
Therapy can help your family establish effective ways to handle conflict when it happens. Instead of getting angry or avoiding the issue, your family will learn how to express their emotions in productive ways. Remember, therapy isn’t just about talking about feelings—it’s also about finding ways to cope with them.
Over time, as your family progresses through counseling, you’ll notice fewer fights in your household.
The Importance of a Peaceful Family Dynamic
Each member of your family deserves to feel comfortable, happy, and at peace in the household. Kids are very impressionable, especially when they’re young, and thus, constant conflict in the home is harmful to their development.
As a parent, you may not have all the right answers. You may see conflict happening in your family but aren’t sure how to fix it. It’s okay to admit that you can’t solve certain problems. Family therapy can help take some of that weight off of your shoulders.
When your family members learn to enjoy being with each other, everyone will feel happier. It’s a team effort. You, your partner, and your kids need to find ways to ensure that everyone is comfortable and happy.
Many families experience conflict. Remember, you aren’t alone in this situation, nor are you alone in finding solutions. If discord simply isn’t letting up in your household, the first step is to consider therapy. Instead of having to navigate conflict on your own, you can rely on the knowledge of a skilled therapist to help your family get through its issues.
If you want to begin finding solutions for your unique family problems, contact us to find out about our approach to family therapy and how we can help your family get on the right track.
Call us today at 203.800.9778 to schedule your personalized family evaluation.