Functioning family relationships are important for your mental health and can help when a family member is struggling with an addiction, medical issue, or mental health problem. It is also effective at improving communications and reducing conflict within a family unit.
A family is not necessarily defined as only blood relations. CARE family counselors consider anyone who plays a long-term supportive role in one’s life is part of the “family” — even if this person does not live in the household.
Some common issues that could benefit from family counseling include:
- a child having difficulties in school, substance abuse or an eating disorder
- a major trauma that has an impact on the entire family
- unexpected loss of a family member
- adjusting to a new family member in the home
- conflict between parents