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Marriage and Family Counseling

Our supportive therapists are trained in research-backed modalities and are there to provide a safe space for healing and solutions to take place so clients can live their lives to the fullest. Our marriage and family counseling service is especially beneficial for blended families. People come to therapy for many reasons. Some examples include struggles with depression, anxiety, intrusive thoughts, relationships, disordered eating, difficult life transitions, grief, or trauma. There is no issue that is too small for therapy.

It is normal for families to struggle. A therapist can help the whole family find solutions together.


Family at QYS Addresses:  

  • Life Transitions

  • Grief and Loss

  • Familial Dysfunction

  • Connection

  • Trauma 

  • Navigating Difficult Emotions

  • Communication

  • Divorce 

  • Building Healthy and Lasting Relationships

  • Domestic Violence 

  • Child Welfare Involvement

What Exactly is a Blended Family?

A blended family, which is also known as a step family or a complex family, is a family in which one or both parents have children from previous relationships but have joined forces to form a new family. It is also possible that the parents are in heterosexual or same-sex relationships and do not have children with each other.

Benefits of a Blended Family 

Despite the fact that it may appear that blended families face a lot of challenges when combining multiple siblings and adults together, a blended family actually has many advantages:

  • Children benefit from having two or more loving parents who serve as role models

  • Everyone in the family learns to appreciate more diversity and differences

  • All family members frequently receive greater financial and emotional support

  • It's possible that new siblings will get along well with one another and develop relationships that are caring and supportive of one another

  • The new family structure might be better for them than their previous one, making the household more peaceful and stable.

Difficulties of the Modern Blended Family 

Despite the fact that the concept of the blended family has been around for centuries, many blended families were not recognized until the two parents married and agreed to care for the children together, even if one parent was not biologically related to the children. Without the formality of marriage or adoption, it is now much more acceptable for the adults in the relationship to live together and raise their children together. Child support, medical decisions, and other complex issues can be challenging for blended families, such as:

  • Different aged children may have difficulty adjusting to their new positions. For example, the eldest child may no longer be the eldest, changing the dynamic within a home and causing initial discomfort for the child. 

  • Two families may have different values and responsibilities. This can affect things like behavior and expectations of daily chores and responsibilities. 

  • Social etiquette within a home and outside the home can change. This can occur when another parent is no longer involved in the upbringing of a child. The dynamic of that child and their new role model can be a difficult transition. 

  • Stress on the biological parents when balancing the needs of their children and the new partner(s), particularly where values may conflict.

  • Communication issues regarding how to jointly raise children can cause conflict between adults. 

Therapy can help these blended families successfully overcome these difficulties, becoming strong, supportive family units for every member. The resources we have available allow blended families to understand and support one another.

What Exactly is Family Therapy?

Family therapy, also known as family counseling, is a way to build and keep healthy relationships in the family.

The objective is to locate and address family issues. Emotional, psychological, or behavioral issues are all possibilities.

Family systems theory is the foundation of numerous approaches to family therapy. This suggests that families function as systems rather than as groups of individuals who operate independently.

Changes in one member of the family will have an effect on changes in other parts of the family, according to family systems theory.

The advantages of family counseling vary from family to family, but some examples include:

  • establishing healthy boundaries 

  • enhancing communication 

  • defining one's role within the family 

  • enhancing family dynamics and relationships 

  • supplying members of the family with strength and coping mechanisms 

  • addressing dysfunctional interactions 

  • enhancing the family's ability to solve problems 

Family therapy is effective at addressing issues pertaining to children who suffer from substance abuse disorders, criminal behavior, and depression. Therapy also lowers the likelihood that adolescents will develop certain mental health conditions and address conditions that may already exist. 

Therapy can also help families who are having difficulty expressing emotions and feelings with each other. Disagreements among siblings, inconsistent parenting, and marital issues are just a few of the challenges we help families overcome every day. To find out more about our counseling services, contact QYS today.

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