At times life can get a little rough with pressures from work, school and relationships within and outside the family causing stress and tension. In these times of emotional and psychological travail the family can be a great comfort, however in many cases the family can also be the cause of the stress or their interactions can increase the anguish any or all members feel. This is especially true when it when it comes to emotional changes experienced by children and teenagers and the family they are part of. Family therapy in Bergen County at Mars & Venus has been helping families cope and successfully overcome many types of problems and conflicts including assisting kids deal with emotional situations and the tribulations of growing and forming relationships. We also help the whole family support the teen or child or cope with problems arising in the family.
Childhood and especially the preteen and teen years can be particularly hard on young people causing uneasiness, depression, problems forming and sustaining social relationships, exhibiting behavioral problems at home or school and suffering from low self-esteem. During these periods young people are often torn between seeking approval from their parents and approval from their peers, being part of the group is very important to them as is feelings of trust, independence, and the importance of social factors. The teenage years can be particularly hard on family relationships when teens are trying to find out about the world, expressing themselves and their freedom while responding to surging hormones. Family therapy in Bergen County recommends individual counseling for the young client. While progress is being made during individual counseling our therapist will endeavor to facilitate better communications between the parents and the child.
It may not always seem like it but the family is the first line of defense for the child against the stresses of his emerging outside relationships. However, often the stress is brought back to the family dynamic in a negative way making everything inside and outside the family worse. Our family therapy in Bergen County will help family members examine the family’s ability to solve problems and express thoughts and emotions, explore family roles, rules and behavior patterns in order to identify issues that contribute to conflict, as well as ways to work through these issues. Family therapy can help you identify family strengths, such as caring for one another, and weaknesses, such as difficulty confiding in one another. Family therapy can include all the members of the family or just those that are involved in the immediate situation. If there are family issues or a lack of effective communications in your home please call our office for an appointment.