Benefits of Family Therapy

Guest Authored By Elysia A, LCSW

How often do we engage in family activities or interactions by making simple decisions? A child is about to have dinner and we remind them to wash their hands, for what feels like the millionth time! A child is about to have a meltdown and we react by instinct to prevent a bigger problem. However, their meltdowns seem to be happening more frequently or for longer amounts of time. So much of being a parent happens when we are living in our daily routines and not really thinking about our decisions.  

However, these constant decisions that you make, when to intervene, what you say, how you say it, all add up to impacting and shaping your relationships with your children and their development. You may be so close to your family that you can’t always see the ways your choices, behaviors, and decisions impact your relationships. Having a family therapist can help you to slow down, reflect on how you interact with your family members, and consider other ways of being with them. This support can enable you to make conscientious decisions based on your values and goals as parents, rather than just surviving a moment or getting through a day.  

During these challenging times, it is so important to have positive support to think through your choices, the impact these choices have on your children, and your big picture vision for your family. The social workers at Blue Bird offer families the support they need to have more positive interactions with their children, to think through the real struggles and stressors of parenting children with specialized needs, and the chance to consider other options and resources that can support families.  

Family therapy can be a time of supportive contemplation with another adult who understands your child. Our social workers can be a non-judgmental person to listen to your concerns, successes, and questions. Family therapy can also be a time to work with your child through the positive coaching of a social worker who can help you make small tweaks in your interactions that add up to big changes in your relationships and your child’s behaviors. Using play based activities, our social workers can help you think about ways to engage your child, guide their behavior, and build positive memories together.  

Being a parent is so important but can also be so challenging. We are here to support you through the million big and small decisions you make each day. 

Family therapy can be as simple as a phone call or an online chat. To learn more, you can email your child’s social worker or contact us at (312) 243-8487 to set up an appointment.