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From Feuding to Family: How Therapy Can Heal Your Home


a mum and dad on the couch, as child sits on floor watching parents who seem distant


Strong families are the cornerstone of a happy and fulfilling life. They provide us with love, support, and a sense of belonging. 


However, even the strongest families experience conflict from time to time. Disagreements are a normal part of family life, but when they become chronic or destructive, they can affect everyone involved.


For this article, we want to help by exploring what family conflict is, discussing the most common types of family conflict, and determining whether seeking professional help from a family therapist might be the best course of action.


What are common types of family conflict?

Family conflict can manifest in various ways; while we may not mention them all, these are some of the most common issues include:

  • Finances: Disagreements about money, budgeting, and spending habits are a major source of tension in many families.

  • Parenting styles: Differences in how parents approach discipline, chores, and expectations for children can lead to conflict.

  • Communication problems: Difficulty expressing needs, feelings, and frustrations in a healthy way can create misunderstandings and resentment.

  • In-law relationships: Integrating new family members or navigating challenging dynamics with extended family can be a source of friction.

  • Life stage transitions: Major life changes like job loss, illness, or children leaving for college can strain family dynamics.


When should my family seek help?

While occasional arguments are usual, some signs indicate seeking professional help from a family therapist might be beneficial. Here are some red flags:

  • Constant arguing and bickering: If your family seems to be on edge most of the time and disagreements escalate quickly, therapy can help develop healthier communication skills.

  • Emotional withdrawal: If family members are shutting down emotionally or avoiding communication altogether, a therapist can create a safe space for open dialogue.

  • Destructive behaviours: If conflict leads to yelling, name-calling, or even physical violence, professional intervention is crucial to ensure the safety and well-being of all family members.

  • Impact on daily life: When family conflict starts to affect everyone's daily functioning, causing stress, anxiety, or depression, seeking help is essential.

  • Feeling hopeless or overwhelmed: If you feel like your family struggles to resolve conflict on your own, a therapist can provide guidance and support.


How does therapy help to resolve family conflict?

There may be those within your family who might not want to believe there is anything wrong or that therapy is a waste of time. However, family therapy offers a safe and neutral space for families to work through conflict with the help of a trained professional. A therapist can:

  • Improve communication skills: By teaching active listening techniques and assertive communication tools, therapists can help families have more productive conversations.

  • Identify underlying issues: Often, surface-level arguments mask deeper problems. Therapists can help families uncover these issues and address them constructively.

  • Develop coping mechanisms: Therapy equips families with healthy tools for managing conflict, resolving disagreements, and building stronger relationships.

  • Foster empathy and understanding: Through guided discussions and exercises, families can learn to see things from each other's perspectives and develop greater compassion.


Is family therapy confidential?

With any therapy, they are built on trust and not to be discussed outside of the safe space of the therapy room. There are some exceptions mandated by law (e.g., child abuse or danger to self or others)

However, the sessions are always planned to stay confidential, giving each person a safe space to express themselves without worrying about finding their session was discussed outside the room.



What can I expect during a family therapy session?

A session with a therapist at Mango Mental Health involves you and your family comfortably gathering and sharing openly in a safe space. 


It might be surprising to hear different perspectives, but that's where the magic happens. The therapist equips you with tools to communicate more effectively, like expressing needs clearly or listening to each other. 


You'll leave with a roadmap for a stronger, more connected family, with practical exercises to keep the momentum going at home.


How long does family therapy usually last?

There's no one-size-fits-all answer, but the duration of therapy depends on the family's specific needs. Some families may benefit from short-term therapy (a few sessions), while others may need longer-term support.


What if not everyone in my family wants to participate in therapy?

This is very common across all types of treatment. There will always be those who may question how effective talking to a counsellor is.


It is best to acknowledge that getting everyone on board can be challenging. But, start by talking to your family and therapy and give them a chance to understand the benefits, even if not all members participate initially. 


If you're able to get to your first session together, the therapist can work with those who are willing while encouraging others to join later.


Final words on Family Therapy

Remember, seeking help is not a sign of weakness but strength and a commitment to building a healthier, happier family. 


A professional family therapist can be a valuable resource in navigating family conflict and creating a more supportive and loving family environment. 


If you're experiencing family conflict and are considering therapy, don't hesitate to reach out for a consultation.


 

We hope you found insights and inspiration in our blog.


Remember, this space is dedicated to sharing knowledge and supporting your wellness journey with engaging reading material. However, it's essential to recognize that our blog is not a substitute for professional medical advice.


Explore our services to learn more about how we can assist you, or get to know our compassionate team of expert therapists committed to your mental well-being.


If you would like to Book An Appointment with one of our therapists today, take the next step toward your mental health and wellness with Mango Mental Health. We're here for you every step of the way.

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