Family Counseling

APA Family Counselors Federal Way WA Child Family DrawingWith all of the stresses of family life, may people find themselves struggling at points to communicate and connect well with members of their family. In these situations, meeting together with a therapist can be extremely helpful in directly addressing concerns within the family. Many different issues can be addressed through family sessions, and finding a counselor that you can trust is a vital component of successful family therapy. Allenmore Psychological Associates (APA) has the experienced family counselors Tacoma, WA families have turned to for help for nearly 30 years. At APA, our seasoned therapists commonly work with families on enhancing parenting skills, improving communication and adapting to life changes. For instance, changes within family structure such as marriage, divorce, or the addition of new family members can be a difficult adjustment for everyone involved as their roles within the family shift. Also, when an individual family member is struggling, it tends to have an impact on how the entire family relates to one another. Working with a skilled family counselor can assist you in finding ways to cope with these concerns. The counselors at Allenmore Psychological Associates is here to help families in Tacoma, Lakewood, University Place, Federal Way, Olympia, WA and surrounding areas.

Counseling for All Kinds of Families

Modern families come in all shapes and sizes. Here at APA, we believe that the common thread that unites a family is the love, commitment and the relationships that family members share. The counselors at Allenmore Psychological Associates have experience counseling with many different family structures, and are open to meeting with any family that is interested in counseling. They have had success working with single parents, LGBT families, families going through separation or divorce, blended families, and mutli-generational families, just to name a few. In the case of single parents, therapy is one of the best ways to gain support and get answers to questions about how to raise healthy children without another parent involved.

Approaches to Family Counseling

Family Counselors Tacoma WA Allenmore Psychological Family Support SilhouettesThe counselors at Allenmore Psychological Associates are committed to doing family therapy in a way that fits your family’s needs. People may worry that family therapy would be unproductive in situations where family members are not able to communicate without significant conflict. Traditional family therapy does involve having all members of a family meet together, but we realized that approach does not fit every situation. An experienced family therapist can assess your family and work with you to decide what approach will be most helpful to you. They can then meet with any combination of family members or act as a mediator to help improve communication and problem-solving within the family. For instance, a counselor may meet with the family as a whole on some occasions, and with just the parents at times to work on concerns in these specific relationships. We often find it to be the case that meeting separately with individual family members, and especially parents without children, results and smoother and more comfortable problem solving.

When dealing with divorce or child custody concerns, a family therapist can work to facilitate positive communication and co-parenting. Unfortunately, the legal process can often heighten conflict between divorcing spouses, instead of resolving it. In these situations, we are experts at encouraging both parents to be involved in generating solutions. We have found that these conflictual situations are often the ones that respond well to the right approach to therapy. Oftentimes, even parents who have been hesitant about counseling in the past or had previous unsuccessful experiences with counseling are able to respond well to family counseling at APA. We have also included an article in our resources section that we would encourage you to read, which provides helpful tips on communication and coparenting after divorce.

What is Family Counseling?

APA Family Counselors in Lakewood WA Mom and Daughters Family counseling is an approach that is based upon the idea that a person’s problems are best understood by considering their family, social and environmental contexts. Thus, it is important to understand not only how someone’s struggles impact them, but also how their relationships with loved ones may be affected. In addition, this “family systems” approach takes into account how these problems may impact a person’s ability to maintain friendships and perform in other areas of life such as work or school. Family therapy provides a way of thinking and a set of strategies for intervening with individuals, couples, and families. The goal of family therapy is to alter family interaction patterns to alleviate problems and symptoms experienced by individual family members. With this in mind, a counselor works with a family to change negative patterns of relating, such as fighting or lack of communication. As the relationships between family members improve, the problems of specific individuals usually improve as well. Our experience has shown that family therapy really works, even for teenagers who are at serious risk for criminal behavior and substance abuse.

Getting Started With Counseling for Your Family

The counselors at Allenmore Psychological Associates understand that the process of finding a therapist with whom your family is comfortable, and scheduling an initial appointment can seem like a challenge. Many first time family therapy clients wonder whether a certain therapist will be a good fit for them and their specific situation. The caring, skilled office staff members at APA are trained to help you find the right match between your needs and one of our seasoned therapists. Depending on the nature of your situation, the therapist may meet with you individually prior to starting family sessions to gather background information about your concerns and specific goals for treatment. For the last 30 years, we have been honored to serve many Tacoma, Federal Way, Lakewood, Olympia, WA, and South Puget Sound area families. To begin the counseling process for your family, contact us at (253) 752-7320.