All of us go through periods of change, stress, or unhappiness. These periods – like the loss of a family member, a divorce, a remarriage, new or worsening behavioral problems, or a new baby joining the family – can affect each member of the family differently, and can create a change in the family dynamic. Even temporary stressors, such as a few months working from home, online school due to quarantine, or job loss, can cause long-lasting ripple effects that shift the relationships in your family.
Family therapy isn’t just for families with young or adolescent children. Many families with adult children can benefit from family therapy as well, particularly if there is a recent stressor such as a marriage, death, illness, or divorce affecting the family, or unresolved issues creating lasting impact on adult relationships. It’s never too late to heal, and sometimes that which couldn’t be accomplished early on is more easily healed as adults. Depending on your presenting issues, it can be helpful to attend therapy with siblings, parents, or the family unit as a whole to work towards healthier relationships.
Many families avoid having open conversations about changes and transitions with other family members. This could be because you aren’t sure how to bring up the subject in your family; in your family it’s not typical and comfortable acknowledging that a recent adjustment is negatively affecting you; or you’re not sure if other family members are feeling the same and worry about burdening them.
While you might not all be feeling the same way about the situation at hand, a trained therapist can help your family navigate these difficult conversations and find ways to better support and understand one another.