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Family Counseling

Family dynamics can uplift you or lift you down. Family dynamics are the patterns that exist within any family dynamic in which those patterns are responsible for how we related to our family members, and how we interact with our family members. Interpersonal interactions among family members can have lasting impacts and influences on the family system or individuals on a personal level.

Our relationships with our loved ones can have either a positive or negative impact on one individual within the family system or all the family members within the family system. Each family dynamic/family system differs from other family units because everyone’s family dynamic is unique.

Understanding Family Dynamics

There are a variety of factors that are responsible for how our family functions. Those factors include:

  • Family values/culture/expectations
  • Blended families
  • Flash backs
  • An absent parent (abandonment of a family)
  • Social economic factors including “poverty)
  • Family violence (witness/experiencing family violence, emotional/physical abuse)
  • Death within the family
  • An absent parent (abandonment of a family)
  • Chronically ill loved one

Family counseling is a form of psychotherapy aimed at resolving conflicts and improving relationship dynamics within the family unit. It’s typically provided by a psychologist, clinical social worker, or licensed therapist. This type of therapy can be beneficial in a variety of situations, such as marital stress, divorce, children’s behavioral problems, or issues related to mental illness.

Family counseling promotes understanding and collaboration among family members in order to improve their interactions and relationships. Family counseling provides a safe space in which family members can come together to discuss and address their issues, enabling them to establish better relationships with each other. Through therapy, families are able to learn communication skills, gain insight into one another’s perspectives, practice active listening, develop problem-solving strategies, and ultimately, build a stronger and more unified family.

The Benefits of Family Counseling

Families can benefit from counseling in several ways. It can help them to:

  • Develop effective communication skills
  • Establish boundaries and roles among family members
  • Improve problem solving abilities
  • Learn how to manage difficult emotions like anger and sadness
  • Gain insight into family dynamics and patters of behavior
  • Resolve conflicts in constructive ways
  • Develop healthy coping mechanisms

Develop effective communication skills Establish boundaries and roles among family members Improve problem solving abilities Learn how to manage difficult emotions like anger and sadness Gain insight into family dynamics and patterns of behavior Resolve conflicts in constructive ways Develop healthy coping mechanisms

Signs that a family should seek family

Family counseling can be extremely beneficial for a family experiencing any one of the following signs:

  • Difficulty communicating without arguments or raised voices
  • Inability to discuss specific topics without becoming emotionally overwhelmed
  • Feeling disconnected from each other, not feeling heard, and not feeling appreciated
  • Abrupt changes in behavior that are out of character for an individual
  • Difficulty managing family dynamics and roles, especially when a new family member arrives
  • Feeling overwhelmed with parenting responsibilities or unable to effectively deal with disciplinary issues
  • Unresolved conflict that has been ignored or unattended for a prolonged period of time
  • Struggling to cope with major life transitions such as divorce, death of a loved one, or a move to a new location
  • Significant changes in family dynamics due to addiction, mental health issues, financial hardship, or any other challenging circumstance.

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Why Choose Us for Trauma or PTSD Counseling?

At Shalom Counseling and Consulting, we are dedicated to providing trauma therapy, PTSD therapy, and other mental health services to individuals of all ages and backgrounds. We believe that while traumatic experiences can play a vital role in how one perceives the world, your life does not have to reflect the traumatic experiences that you have encountered. To speak with one of our licensed counselors, contact us today.

Convenient Access

In addition to in-person sessions, we offer telehealth services so you can get the help you need from the comfort of your home.

Specialized Therapies

We are one of the few behavioral health clinics in the Chicago, IL, area that specializes in trauma therapy and PTSD therapy services.

Compassionate Care

Our mission is to help individuals lead fulfilling lives with peace, joy, and harmony, without being bound by inner core issues.

Free Consultations

We make it easy to get started with trauma or PTSD treatment thanks to our free consultations.

Dedicated to Our Patients

Read Our Reviews

Shalom Counseling and Consulting has helped numerous individuals in the Chicagoland area find their inner peace and harmony. Read about our patients’ experiences with our licensed counselors, then contact us today to begin your journey toward inner harmony.
This is a great counseling office that provides high quality services and dedication to the patients. Addressing their concerns regarding their mental health and reassuring them that it is a safe place for them to talk about their problems and coming up with a solution to those problems. I can definitely say that I was one of those patients who was able to get the counseling that I needed and I feel much better after getting it done.

Paul Smith

Tampa, FL

LaShaunna used to work with me, and I think the world of her. She’s an ethical clinician who genuinely wants to make a difference in others lives.

Paul Smith

Tampa, FL

LaShaunnna is an awesome therapist! She really cares about the well-being of her clients.

Paul Smith

Tampa, FL

Champaign, IL
701 Devonshire Dr Bld C