Family counselling encourages conversations between members of the family with the support of a specially trained and experienced Family Counsellor. A family counsellor is neutral and encourages the family not to blame or judge. This allows the family to talk about the problems and their concerns which can then allow the family change.
Family Counsellors try to clarify what the problems are and then help and support you to find your solutions. This help comes from encouraging effective communication including listening and understanding each other; no-one is told what to do but they may be asked to consider how their actions and behaviours impact others before thinking about changes to be made. This self-reflection for the individual increase self-awareness of their impact on the family and so how to change.
Family Counselling helps to process any feelings of being excluded or rejected which might lead to acting out or bad behaviour. This is often misunderstood by the other family members. This communication helps to repair, or even build for the first time, some meaningful communication. The family might then feel able to support each other better and encouraged make more changes.
Getting all members of the family to every session can be difficult but it’s worth it. Not everyone needs to attend every session; some sessions can be with just two people, both parents, just the kids or even individual sessions. During the process the family should come together for sessions to discuss changes and feelings.