Relational difficulties can happen in a variety of contexts, such as parent/child, sibling groups, conflict with coworkers, roommates, ministry partners, and with our closest friends.
It can be challenging to find help for relational difficulties and we often end up walking away from close relationships because we don’t have the tools we need to repair and mend the rifts that happen between us. Perhaps we have been cut off from a family member for many years and we want a safe place to try to re-build connection.
At the Center for Family & Relational Health we care about relationships. If there is an important relationship in your life that is stuck, it may be time to reach out for help.
Relational Therapy Can Help
Starting relational therapy can be scary. We are already hurting – why would we want to talk about this with someone else who doesn’t know us? What if it doesn’t help? What if we don’t find a good fit with our therapist?
These are valid fears and the truth is that nothing is guaranteed. Reaching out for help is a risk. On the other hand, it just might help. What if therapy helps us see our relationship more clearly? What if we find new ways to relate to each other that surprise us? What if we learn new things about ourselves that help us grow and become more connected?
Steps for Starting Relational Therapy:
- Talk to the person(s) you would like to bring to therapy. Discuss the possibility of relational therapy.
- Choose where you would like to go for therapy.
- Reach out to the center or therapist you have chosen.
At the Center for Family & Relational Health, We Are Reachable in Multiple Ways:
- Complete an inquiry form on our website familyrelationalhealth.com
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone 630-733-8161
After you reach out, our intake coordinator will call and ask you a few questions that will help to clarify your struggle and determine if relational counseling is right for you. If therapy is a good fit, the intake coordinator will then match you with a therapist.
Working with Your Therapist
Your therapist will then walk through the next steps, which may include:
- Deciding to meet in-person or over video
- Therapy schedule
- Payment options
- How to access forms to complete prior to your first session
- Answering other questions you may have
Your first session will be a time for each person in the relationship to tell your therapist how you are struggling and what you would like to accomplish in therapy. The following sessions will then focus on areas where you would like to grow.
Examples of Family Issues
Below are some examples of family issues that can be addressed in therapy. If your concern is not on the list, don’t worry. This is not an exhaustive list.
- Unresolved conflict
- Work conflict
- Roommate conflict
- Rebuilding a cut-off relationship
- Sibling groups
- Managing a mental health concern
- Grief and loss