Family counseling can help:
- Parents learn new parenting skills to manage their children’s behaviors
- Parents feel more in control of their homes and more confident as parents
- Families learn conflict-resolution skills to better solve family disagreements
- Families learn better communication and relationship skills to strengthen child-parent bonds
- Divorced or separated parents learn co-parenting strategies to make the transition between households easier on the child
The length of family counseling varies greatly, depending on the problem and you and your child’s participation and involvement. It can range from as short as several weeks to several months or longer in some cases. At Tender Hearts Child Therapy Center, most people begin to see significant improvement in as few as 8-12 sessions. Keep in mind, however, that your family’s problems have developed over many years and it is unrealistic to expect them to be solved in only 1-3 sessions. In most cases, family counseling will begin with once a week sessions and will then be spaced further apart as you begin to reach your family goals.
No. Our services are billed per session, regardless of how many people are involved in the family counseling session.
Yes. Family counseling is a vital part of child counseling and teen counseling. Regardless of the issues that bring your child to individual counseling, at Tender Hearts there will always be a family counseling component as well.
No, we do not. It is the policy of Tender Hearts Child Therapy Center to not make custody recommendations. We will be happy to help divorced or separated parents with effective co-parenting strategies. We will be happy to provide family counseling services to help blended families create more balance in their homes. However, we will not recommend visitation schedules or custody arrangements, even if we are subpoenaed to court. We strongly believe that this is beyond the scope of Family Counseling and we feel it only damages our therapeutic relationship with your child or teen.
The family counseling we offer takes place in person. Currently we do not provide family counseling via Skype, video conferencing, email or chat.
Please check out our general Counseling FAQ page for information regarding the costs of Family Counseling services.
For other general Frequently Asked Questions about Family Counseling, please visit our Counseling FAQ page.