Family Therapy

Family Therapy Tampa | Brandon FL

Family Therapy Tampa | Counseling Brandon Florida Mental Health

Benefits of Family Therapy

Family counseling or family therapy is a series of processes designed to tackle specific problems that change the family’s psychological health. These problems could be mental health conditions or major life transitions. Family therapy is utilized as a primary form of treatment or as a complementary procedure.

Family therapy has the following benefits:

Improve communication

It’s quite common for majority of the family members to be open to one another, which creates disconnection and distance between each other. As a result of this, bigger problems will arise in the future. However, a counselor will help family members understand their part in the family and show the benefits of honest and open communication. Counseling session for all family members will break the ice, allowing them to communicate and understand others positively, without any conflict.

Strengthen bonds and enhance relationships

Depending on the nature of siblings, conflicts can exist between them. If these problems remain unresolved, it will have a serious negative impact on the bonds within the family. Sometimes siblings are jealous of each other and fight to gain attention among other things. Parents misinterpret the situation and consider it unimportant, which results in the siblings having unresolved feelings. A counselor will help parents understand their children better, teach the members how to express their feelings and bring the family together as a single unit.

Boost self-esteem

If all the family members want to cope up with the community and the major challenges life throws at them, they need to have good amounts of self-esteem. People who live or grow without self-esteem will be vulnerable to interpersonal problems, health problems, and peer pressure. If the parents lack self-esteem and motivation, it is more likely for their children to have the same problems. A therapist will help restore self-esteem and motivation which enables the family to understand each other. As a result of this, all the members will feel good about themselves and their perceived value in the neighborhood. The family becomes a unit and will live a more positive life, increasing the chances of being successful in their endeavors.

Happier family

Due to the availability of a large number of entertainment devices such as smartphones, tablets, and televisions to name a few, people turn to them to escape reality when they are facing a problem. Rather than facing and overcoming the situation, people prefer to run away, which can result in the family getting alienated. Counselors help in coping and tackling problems head first so that people don’t ignore their family members. As a result of this, the entire family will be happy.

Better mental health

It is important to be at peace with oneself and all the other family members for good mental health. Peace only exists when all members can understand each other and are willing to work together as a single unit. As long as there is someone to listen to woes and provide help when possible, there will be harmony among the family members. Counselors help family members to identify and handle problems constructively.

Every family has its own set of problems which can be messy if no one knows how to deal with them. Counselors provide proper training on how to deal with such situations by making the family work as a team. Family therapy is beneficial for all the family members and brings everyone together!

Collaborative Therapeutic Services (CTS) seeks to maximize clients’ options by offering a variety of services, hours, locations and service providers with diverse specializations. We offer evening & weekend appointments. Have questions? Contact Us Here or Call 813-951-7346. Locations in Tampa & Brandon.

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Adoption and Foster Care Therapy

Adoption | Foster Care Therapy Tampa | Brandon Florida Mental Health Counseling

Conflicted Emotions After Adoption and Foster Care

Children that are placed in adoption or foster homes often experience conflicted emotions with regards to their past. They may not express it all the time, but the uncertainty of the future coupled with stress related to current events can work towards making the child feel overwhelmed. Through adoption and foster care therapy, it is possible to explore these issues with your child. Even those children taken into loving and caring homes, often experience stress related to life events and find it difficult to cope with moving on in their lives. It is important to engage them in an atmosphere designed to help them recover from past traumas , and adoption and foster care therapy can do that for them.

Understanding the Child's Past

Understanding where the children come from in their past can provide a clearer perspective on the issues they deal with on a daily basis. It is often the parents who cannot afford to raise a child, or those who believe that their child would be better off with someone else – are the ones who give their children up for adoption. Similarly, children placed in foster homes are often taken away from neglectful parents by Child Protective Services. While some of these children do find placements long term with a loving and nurturing family, most of them move from institutions to group homes, or between multiple foster families, until they grow old enough to leave the system. And not all foster homes are pleasant either – sometimes, it is possible for an adult in the foster home to abuse the child. A study revealed that one in three alumni of the Child Protective Services program said that they were abused at least once by an adult in the foster care system. A child can face abuse in multiple homes as well, and with the high case loads the Case Worker has to deal with, they may not notice the signs of neglect as well as abuse. Sometimes, a report that this is happening is also not provided, thus showing no evidence that anything is wrong.

Attachment Issues and Adoption

Due to the high number of placements and transitions a typical child may experience prior to finding a long-term home, attachment issues and related concerns are common. In addition, some children may exhibit serious behavioral issues as a result of early trauma and a lack of structure and consistency in their lives. These behavior problems can impact the entire family system and may also result in increased placement disruption in foster or adoptive homes.

Trained Counseling

Adoption and Foster Care therapy places the child in the same room as a trained counselor who specializes in resolving any issues the child might face because of their turbulent past. Often, children in adoption and foster care homes experience distress related to not knowing who they are or where they come from. There is a need to help them explore their identity and help them realize that they are entitled to a good life. Sometimes children who are placed even in happy homes, still continue to fantasize about their biological parents and siblings. As a result of this, they might become oppositional, angry or anxious. Exploring relevant issues related to both their identity as well as their past can help to resolve this matter. And therapy and counselling could provide a safe place to vent their feelings and express themselves. The environment will be confidential as well, ensuring that they feel safe and secure as they walk on the path towards recovery.

Family Therapy

Therapy is generally recommended for families seeking to foster or adopt a child. In therapy, a family can prepare for any issues that might arise, and learn how to cope with a child's particular or special needs, including any behavioral or health issues. With the child, they can discuss any concerns about behavior or developmental issues and work as a family to establish bonds and trust. Families who adopt or foster a child with significant behavioral or developmental concerns may find their situation challenging and consider giving up the child once again. Some of these issues may be resolvable with work in therapy, preventing further disruption to the child's life.

Collaborative Therapeutic Services (CTS) seeks to maximize clients’ options by offering a variety of services, hours, locations and service providers with diverse specializations. We offer evening & weekend appointments. Have questions? Contact Us Here or Call 813-951-7346. Locations in Tampa & Brandon, Florida.