Potomac Programs is considered to be one of the leading family counseling centers and mental health services in the United States, with family therapy and treatment currently being offered in:
- San Francisco, California
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Chicago, Illinois
- Boston, Massachusetts
- New York, New York
- Washington D.C.
If you are a teenager, young adult or a loved one who feels that this type of counseling could be the treatment that your family needs, consider meeting with a counselor or therapist at Potomac Programs. We offer family counseling and therapy, mentoring and parent-coaching, in addition to treatment for issues like:
- Behavioral problems
- Failure to launch
- Family conflict
- Family stress
- Family well-being
- Grief and/or loss
- School refusal
- Substance abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Technology and/or video game addiction
What Is Family Counseling?
Family counseling, also known as family therapy, is a type of psychological counseling or psychotherapy, that can help family members work together to resolve a conflict.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), elaborates:
“Family therapy is a collection of therapeutic approaches that share a belief in family‐level assessment and intervention. A family is a system, and in any system, each part is related to all other parts. Consequently, a change in any part of the system will bring about changes in all other parts.”
These counseling or therapy sessions are provided by counselors, psychologists, social workers or licensed therapists who have had extensive training in family counseling and treatment.
Though specific counseling and treatment plans will depend on your unique situation, family counseling sessions will often help family members better understand one another and improve the coping skills that are needed for a family to come closer together.
Why Is Family Counseling Important?
According to the NIH, “The family has a central role to play in the treatment of any health problem.”
There are many issues that can impact the mental and physical health of a family and their lives together. Once these problems become too large for a family to handle themselves, it may be time to consider going to a mental health professional for family counseling.
First, a family counselor or therapist will want to speak with each member of a family to fully understand the extent of the family’s conflict(s). He or she will then begin to work out individual therapy and family treatment plans to improve and ultimately, resolve any issue(s).
“In family counseling or therapy, the goal of treatment is to meet the needs of all family members,” the NIH states.
These family counseling sessions are often short-term and can take on average, up to an hour. However, it is important to keep in mind that the recommended number of sessions your entire family will partake in is largely dependent on your family’s unique situation and your therapist’s recommendation.
Throughout family counseling, families typically cover with their counselor:
- How to resolve conflict
- How to express emotions or thoughts in a more productive manner
- How to work through family behavior patterns or roles that could contribute to family issues
Families also often identify each other’s strengths and learn how to better care and confide in one another.
Though family counseling will take some commitment and time to resolve a conflict, it will ultimately help family members with problem-solving, including learning how to cope and work through situations in a much more productive way. This type of counseling can also create more of a sense of togetherness amongst the family.
Do Potomac Programs Offer Family Counseling?
Potomac Programs is one of the premier mental health centers that offer family counseling sessions. These sessions are named “Potomac Home” services that occur in the community, rather than in our offices. These sessions allow you and your family to receive the support that you need, any time, day or night.
Through our Potomac Home services, we offer:
- Coaching and mentoring to adolescents
- Coaching and mentoring to parents
- Family therapy
- In-between time
- Social club groups
We make these services available to you and your parents in real-time because we believe in meeting you and your family wherever you are most comfortable. This includes critical moments when you might need guidance or support the most.
Virtual Family Counseling at Potomac Programs Available in the U.S.
Potomac Programs also offers “Virtual Potomac Home” services that are available and easily accessible to families in the U.S., which include:
- 1-hour virtual mentoring for adolescents or young adults a week
- 1-hour virtual parent-coaching for caregivers or parents every other week
- 2 hours of in-between time
- Monthly family sessions
- Weekly parent support group
- Weekly virtual social club group
Most importantly, Potomac Programs is one of the only mental health treatment centers in the U.S. whose services are covered by insurance for families.
You can learn more about our family counseling services and treatment on our website or by connecting with a Potomac Programs Admissions Director at: (855) 248-0537.