Families have been challenged with disputes since the beginning of time. While it’s nothing new, it doesn’t diminish the anguish and pain that comes with it. The good news is that there are even more convenient ways to address family strife through online family counseling.
Online Family Counseling
Family counseling is even more challenging than couple’s counseling as the dynamic can be more complicated with multiple participants. There is also the challenge of logistics. What if some family members live in a different location? Online family counseling provides the unique opportunity to gather family members worldwide to participate together at the same time in a safe process where they iron out differences, learn to listen, generate new respect, and build amicable relationships.
It is important to have a structured approach when dealing with a family. Imagine three or more people wanting to talk at the same time. It is a potential recipe for chaos. Our structured online family counseling sessions have a format that allows everyone to express themselves and be heard without being interrupted, shouted over, or disrespected.
Learning the safe communication process called the Imago dialogue, family members learn how to understand each other’s differences from a place of curiosity instead of judgment. Even if they don’t agree with each other, they still can maintain cordial relationships instead of feeling adversarial. This safe process also makes it possible to develop new insights into long-standing issues, allowing family members to chart a new path forward.
We are lucky that the convenience of technology has allowed for this opportunity for growth and healing, which may have only been present in the past when out of town family members were visiting from out of town.
If you’d like to talk with us about scheduling some family counseling via skype, we’d be happy to answer any questions you have about our approach to counseling and/or the logistics of getting everyone online together at the same time, click here to contact us.