At In Touch Counseling Services, we strongly believe that every child has innate strengths of their own to cope with difficulties. These strengths become less dominant when a child internalizes a negative experience and label themselves by his/her failures. Children have emotional needs similar to an adult, but may not verbally communicate their feelings just like an adult would do.
Individual therapy —also known as psychotherapy, talk therapy, or counseling— is a collaborative process between a trained therapist and a client in which they work one-on-one —in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.
Being “coupled” can bring both welcome benefits as well as overwhelming challenges. Life stresses and worries about children, finances, sexuality, career issues, health and other matters can frequently present additional distress. At times, it can be downright confusing to figure out where to start solving problems or to know which issues are yours versus your mates. At these times, anger, confusion, sadness, loneliness, and a multitude of other feelings can sometimes lead to behavior which is further hurtful to the relationship. Thus, a destructive cycle can begin between two previously loving parties. Like parenting, being part of a couple does not come with a how-to manual. Information and support must be gathered and utilized in reasonable steps to “put together” a satisfying relationship.
Family therapy is based on the belief that the family is a unique social system with its own structure and patterns of communication. These patterns are determined by many factors, including the parents’ beliefs and values, the personalities of all family members, and the influence of the extended family (grandparents, aunts, and uncles). As a result of these variables, each family develops its own unique personality, which is powerful and affects all of its members.Illness in one family member may be a symptom of a larger family problem. To treat only the member who is identified as ill is like treating the symptom of a disease but not the disease itself. It is possible that if the person with the illness is treated but the family is not, another member of the family will become ill. This cycle will continue until the problems are examined and treated.