Family Counselling

Adolescence is an important period of growth in which, ideally, a healthy transition from dependence on family, to self-reliance, occurs. Healthy family relationships play a vital role in forming an adolescent's identity. At times, a complex situation in the family may give rise to misunderstandings and confusion among the adolescents and other family members, which further may hamper the process of identity formation in adolescents. Some common reasons for presence of interpersonal issues in the family may be:
 
  • Parental Discord or Divorce
  • Enmeshed Family sub-units
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Disciplinary Issues
  • Communication Problems
 
Many adolescents deal with such situations and they may also become difficult to be coped with. Such crisis can sometime show as deviant behaviour in adolescents, who tend to become aggressive, anxious, and engage in behaviours like missing school, dropping out or sometimes even truancy. During such times, the parents of the adolescent can play a crucial role in resolving these conflicts and behaviours. Parents can:
 
  • Provide adolescents with a safe, reliable, caring, and committed family environment. 
  • Provide opportunities and appropriate settings to allow more sensitive discussions to take place.
  • Develop better communication and problem solving skills.
  • Validate and show respect for each person's point of view.
  • Seek intervention of a family therapist or counsellor, to resolve conflicts, power struggles, imbalance in relationships and to simplify the complications in relationships. This may also facilitate in building a healthy relationship between parents and the adolescent.

"Family is the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter." - Brad Henry