We all have drama in our family life occasionally. Most of us relate to jokes about holiday events getting ruined by fights or grudges, and usually these jokes are made with love. After all, it would be nearly impossible to find a close group of people with differing opinions who don’t experience conflict from time to time.
However, when this conflict becomes disruptive to our lives and mental health, it can be especially troubling. Not only is it difficult to get space from the people you see so regularly, but there are also social taboos when it comes to family problems. We are taught to be respectful and grateful towards our family members, but when this doesn’t align with our experience, we may feel guilt and shame.
No matter how much we want a happy family, we may struggle to talk things out without arguing, and if the conflict is ongoing, we may lose hope that it will ever change. For situations like these, professional family counselling can help to restore the peace in your most precious relationships.
There are just as many reasons for family conflict as there are types of families. From blood-related families to foster and adoptive families, blended families and extended families, single parents, separated parents, same-sex parents and step-parents – all can benefit from family therapy.
There may be a court order in place for those who need to resolve their family law disputes, or issues like family violence which can cause long-term alienation in family relationships. Sensitive issues are often difficult to process as a unit, including blended or step family tensions, death or illness of a family member, financial struggles, or divorce and separation.
For both small and big families, counselling services provide a safe and unbiased space to work through all kinds of issues. Even if you think your problems are minor, if you would like a better relationship with your family, then this support service is for you.
A good family counsellor recognises that family can be one of the most vital sources of emotional wellbeing in our lives. Whether it’s blood family, step family, or chosen family, the support we receive from healthy, cooperative relationships with family members can go a long way towards protecting us from mental health problems like depression, low self-worth or loneliness.
As such, counselling is one of the most effective ways to regain this valuable source of support in our lives. If the will to strengthen our relationships is there, counselling will help us to:
Family counselling usually involves the attendance of two or more family members. However, it could be initiated by just one member, or that one member may benefit from one-on-one counselling in regard to their family concerns. Either way, the counsellor will usually begin with an open conversation, then explore a more targeted and evidence-based plan of action.
This could mean Cognitive Behavioural Family Therapy (CBFT), to emphasise positive interactions over negative ones in a transformative way, or something like Strategic Family Therapy (SFT), to break harmful habits. But whatever the method, they will help you to form achievable goals that meet every member’s needs, and to provide a relationship education that ensures lasting positive change.
By having a professional mediator in the room, we are encouraged to listen more attentively and speak more freely, without fear of interruption. Young people might find this especially helpful, as they may not feel heard during adult conflicts. And, if a specific family member does not wish to attend, family counselling can still be very helpful in navigating a healthy relationship with them.
For family counselling that reunites your loved ones and strengthens your bonds, SHYNE Wellness is here to help.
The life coaches and counsellors at SHYNE Wellness come highly qualified and highly recommended. Certified in areas that underpin many family struggles, including relationship coaching, communication skills, and child/teen support, the range of specialists at SHYNE Wellness can address the root cause of any problem your family faces.
As a dedicated member of the Australian Counselling Association and International Coaching Federation, founder Poli Zoungas brings a wide range of techniques to the table. Even if you feel like the love in your home is lost forever, with SHYNE Wellness, you’re bound to find an approach that works for you. With services covering many different styles of counselling from spiritual practises to neuroscience, you can rediscover the healthy family beneath the heartache.
Poli is a multi-talented and committed Counsellor and Life Coach who is sincerely passionate about supporting her clients through their issues. Poli is a member of the Australian Counselling Association and International Coaching Federation and has assisted clients worldwide. She specialises in working with adolescents, couples, adults and families. Poli provides practical support that a client can use immediately to help them move forward in life.
Poli is a very warm, understanding and patient Counsellor and Life Coach who truly enjoys seeing her clients achieve success in their life. She listens compassionately and guides the client using forward thinking techniques that help them create a better future for themselves. Her extensive educational training gives her the ability to listen and coach clients through their problems in a way in which they feel empowered and inspired.
I’ve been a patient here for a few years, particularly of the psychology department with Poli. To say I have found it extremely beneficial is an understatement. I have developed skills and an understanding of myself that is difficult to describe. But has had a monumental impact on my life. Starting out with high levels of anxiety and depression, my ability to control my emotions and harness abilities more effectively has seen positive aspects in my social life, relationships, work life and studies. I would recommend this clinic to anyone who wants to solve their problems, improve their life and or more effectively and efficiently communicate.
Poli is a very skilled and compassionate professional who has allowed me to speak freely, without judgement. She is helping me understand the root cause of my actions and reactions. Poli has given me a safe place to examine my feelings and behaviours and her counsel and advice is invaluable. Thank you Poli.
Poli’s extensive knowledge, experience, care and compassion are the gifts she brings to every session where she gently guides me to explore and question things that are challenging me or holding me back. For me, each session builds on the last and I feel so privileged to have found Poli to help me become the best version of myself. I can’t thank you enough Poli for everything you do and all that you are. 🌻
I have known Poli for many years and without a doubt, she has helped me in my darkest hours!
She is warm, caring and very in tune with what triggers anxiety and panic attacks, and to this day, cannot thank her enough!
I have seen many professionals, before being introduced to Poli, without any success for my anxiety, but after a few sessions, I am much more in control with my problems!
I highly recommend Poli and am positive you will be more than satisfied with your consultation and communication with her!
Poli is very rare in her field.
She has the ability to analyze the situation and know exactly what is going on. Through her extensive clinical experience, she allows the patient to observe himself sincerely.
Poli has the ability to change your life!
Poli is an extraordinary woman with an amazing ability to read people and their needs. The way in which Poli communicates with people is calming and reassuring, while always encouraging you to live your best life with new and wonderful skills. 🙂
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