Working with families is great and I thoroughly enjoy these sessions too. Often individuals in families feel they are unheard, unacknowledged, trapped in certain ways of being and behaving, angry, hurt, taken for granted and sometimes just plain sad and helpless.
There is no reason why families can’t work towards solving their problems, and family counselling can be a step in the right direction. Here everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to express their views and they are often surprised at what they learn from each other.
I work with both nuclear and step-families and with adult siblings and their parents, of different races and cultures. As members of the family explore solutions to their issues, they often find it a positive and affirming experience, one which helps everyone move forward. Even small steps make a big difference.