Explore family dynamics before anger becomes permanent.
This event is not the first time that Jamie* has felt anger. But this time, her emotions are taking over, and she cannot control them.
The cause of this rage seems unimportant, although she knows that deep down it isn’t – but for now, all that matters is feeling angry.
This sensation of anger causes Jamie to feel out of control and helpless, which fills her with more fear and panic than rationality.
Discuss unresolved conflicts.
Jamie has struggled with her family, specifically her mother and sister, for a long time now. For the past few months, she’s been noticing that things have been going downhill fast. Her boyfriend of two years left her earlier this month, and she’s lost all hope in life.
She feels like everything is falling apart and doesn’t know how to cope anymore.
Jamie thinks, “You know, I sometimes think that maybe everyone would be better off without me.”
It’s just hard to see any other way when things are so bad, and you feel like your world is falling apart.
Work on communication skills and conflict resolution skills.
Resolving conflict may be difficult at first because it can feel like you are walking on eggshells when trying to talk through issues with someone close to you. But it’s important not to avoid the topic altogether, as sometimes these discussions are what a relationship needs for growth.
We’ll discuss some ways that families can work together on their communication and problem-solving skills.
Learning those skills will help you build stronger connections and repair any broken trust they may have had before entering therapy together.
Withdrawal is not the answer!
There are often unhealthy patterns of interaction in the family. But when you think about it, there are many unhealthy ways that we interact with our families.
One pattern is withdrawing from interactions with other members of the family. Sometimes, this means not talking or interacting for long periods, and sometimes, it means avoiding being around certain people.
Withdrawing from interactions is common and has many different causes, including frustration, anger, sadness – the list goes on! It might seem easier to withdraw rather than have difficult conversations or try to work through problems together.
In reality, withdrawal is usually more harmful because then, nobody ever gets heard.
Develop strategies to manage difficult emotions.
Difficult emotions arise when discussing difficult topics with other members of the family.
One of the most challenging parts of a family therapy session is managing your emotions. Managing those emotions can be frustrating, terrifying, and often embarrassing to discuss some of life’s most challenging topics with others.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! With a bit of preparation and practice, you’ll learn how to manage difficult emotions in therapy sessions, so you can focus on what matters – improving your relationships with those around you.
Create a plan for moving forward together as a healthy, happy family unit.
It’s not always easy to make it as a family these days. With so many demands on our time and the pressures of work or school, we can find ourselves struggling with feeling like strangers in our own homes.
That’s why it might be worth considering some form of therapy for your home life that will help you get back into sync together again. If this interests you, please talk to us about what type of family therapy best suits your needs!
At all times, we have experts ready and waiting to take care of helping you create a plan for moving forward together as a healthy, happy family unit once more.
*Name changed to protect client confidentiality.