Family Therapy & Counselling
Our family influences almost every aspect of our life, from our first moments to our last. Our interactions with our loved ones in the family impact how we grow and develop at different life stages and how we perceive ourselves, others, and the world. This happens at every stage of one’s life, be it as children, youth, adults and even as a senior.
Our family is an important source of support, encouragement, and love. Sometimes that might not be the case for some individuals and families and tension can arise in the family. Family members may sometimes experience difficulties in interpersonal relationships with each other at various stages of family development or when family circumstances change. Such challenges may also manifest in emotional or behavioural issues displayed by certain family members. This creates stress within the family unit – affecting healthy family functioning, couple relationships within the family, and even the mental health of individual family members.
Strengthening The Family Unit
The goal of family counselling is to work towards improving the health and functioning of the family. Family therapy and counselling services can be beneficial for many reasons. A counsellor or therapist will work with the family to strengthen the family unit through helping family members grow in mutual understanding, deepen connections, improve communications, resolve conflicts, and address past hurts and unresolved issues.
A family unit undergoes changes as it progresses through different stages of family development. The stressors faced by individuals, couples, and families can vary at different stages of family development. For instance, the challenges faced by a family with young children will look very different from the challenges faced by a family with teenagers, or at the stage where the children have grown up and are leaving home to start lives and families of their own.
Regardless of the stage of family development, family therapy can help individuals and families navigate these stressful times together to improve the emotional and mental health of the family members while also strengthening the bonds within the family unit.
Situations Where Family Therapy Can Be Valuable
Seeing a counsellor or therapist is recommended in situations where there are additional struggles such as:
Raising a child with special needs
Supporting a family member with severe illness or addictions
Caring for a family member with mental health issues or other conditions such as dementia
Supporting a family member experiencing a crisis or emotional struggles such as anger, depression, anxiety
Life-stage related changes or stresses affecting interactions among family members
Grief and bereavement in situations of loss, such as the loss of a family member
Trauma in the family
Divorce, separation, or transition to forming a blended family
Such challenges may strain the family unit and relationships. Actively taking steps to seek out family therapy and counselling services to help to better manage the trying situations at home can go a long way in improving family functioning and also the mental health and well-being of family members.
How Family Therapy & Counselling Can Be Beneficial
Through our counselling services, individuals and families can be supported in various ways. Benefits of family therapy and counselling include:
Gaining a deeper understanding of the interactional patterns and dynamics in the family
Learning more helpful ways of interacting with and supporting each other
Developing skills and tools to better communicate with each other and to resolve conflicts and interpersonal difficulties within the family
Deepening bonds and connections within the family
Experiencing healing and reconciliation from past hurts
Experiencing personal growth and seeing positive change individually and as a family unit
Our Family Therapy & Counselling Approach
At In Focus, we provide families with a constructive and safe space for those difficult but highly necessary conversations among family members. The conversations are facilitated by a professional counsellor to help family members, including children, youth, adults, and the seniors, better understand the dynamics within the family and to chart the way forward together.
Our dedicated team of counsellors and therapists at In Focus can help individuals, couples and families deal with a range of different issues. Be it caregiving adjustments and stress, relocation, grief and loss, interpersonal difficulties, conflicts among family members, past hurts and trauma, or other stressors or mental health concerns arising at the different stages of the family life cycle, our counsellors and therapists will be able to work with your loved ones and you through them.
Informed by a combination of approaches like Choice Theory Reality Therapy (CTRT), Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT) or Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT), Systemic Therapy and other therapeutic approaches, our counsellors and therapists are here to help your family build stronger connections and bonds as well as foster a deeper sense of understanding and intimacy amidst the challenges a family may be facing. There will be a mixture of individual and group sessions that will be recommended by your counsellor or therapist based on professional skills and experiences. Of importance is our belief that counselling and therapy is collaborative work. Your counsellor or therapist will thus work closely with you towards the family’s goals and needs. Where it is suitable and helpful, marriage or relationship counselling and individual counselling will be recommended and offered to complement the therapy work done at family sessions.
Contact us today to find out about family counselling, relationship counselling or individual counselling to know how we can support your family members and you in this season of your family life. Embarking on this journey will not only help to strengthen the family unit and the family bonds. It will also give your loved ones and yourself the opportunity to learn and to grow towards fulfilling each person’s potential to flourish and thrive in life.
At In Focus, we empathise with our clients as they go through myriad of life’s problems, stresses and challenges which are overwhelming at times. As these happened to us too. The only difference is, it is our profession to help others overcome these life hurdles so as to live life to the fullest.
We have a range of services available for your consideration depending on your needs. You can get in touch with us for coaching services, corporate consultation, professional training, counselling and psychotherapy services. Please visit our services page to see what we offer.
Phone: +65 8725 9303