Family Therapy & Counselling
Our family influences almost every aspect of our life, from our first moments to our last. Our family impacts how we grow and develop at different life stages – as children, youths, adults and even as we age. It influences how we see ourselves, how we view others and how we perceive the world.
Our family is an important source of support, encouragement, and love but sometimes that might not be the case for some individuals and families. Tension can arise in the family and family members can sometimes experience interpersonal difficulties with each other at various stages of family development or when family circumstances change. 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.
The goal of family therapy and counselling is to work towards improving the health and functioning of the family. Family therapy and counselling services can be beneficial for many reasons. It provides a safe platform through which families can grow in mutual understanding, deepen connections, improve communications, resolve conflicts, and address past hurts and unresolved issues, with the help of a professional counsellor.
A family unit undergoes changes as it progresses through different stages of family development. The stressors faced by the 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.
Family therapy and counselling services are also 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
- Grieving the loss of a family member
- Divorce, separation and/or transition to step-family formation
Such challenges pose additional strain on the family. Through our counselling services, individuals and families can be supported in various ways such as acquiring the skills to better cope with these stressors. Actively taking steps to seek out family therapy and counselling services to help with managing the trying situations at home more effectively, can go a long way in improving family functioning as well as the mental health and well-being of family members. At In Focus, we provide families with a constructive and safe space for those difficult, but highly necessary, conversations among family members to help family members. The conversations are facilitated by a professional counsellor to help family members including children, youth, adults, and even elderly, better understand the dynamics within the family and to work through the interpersonal issues and family challenges.
Our counsellors and therapists at In Focus help individuals, couples and families deal with these different issues such as bereavement, caregiving adjustments and stress, relocation, interpersonal difficulties and conflicts among family members, as well as other stressors or mental health concerns arising at the various different stages of the family life cycle.
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 resolve conflicts and interpersonal difficulties within the family
- Deepening bonds and connection within the family
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, In Focus seeks to support families through the challenges that they face.
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 regardless of the nature of the challenges couples and families might be facing. Contact us today to find out how we can support you and your family through family therapy and counselling.
Family therapy and counselling can be complemented by therapy and counselling for couples and individuals to further strengthen the work done at the family level. Contact us to find out more about In Focus’ counselling services for couples and individuals and how these can come together to support the family’s growth and healthy functioning.
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