Is your family experiencing tension and stress?

  • Are you having frequent conflicts with one another?
  • Is someone in the family experiencing depression, grief, anxiety, or other issues that get in the way of you connecting?
  • Are you struggling to communicate without shame, blame or hurt?
  • Do you find yourself stuck in patterns that you don’t know how to get out of?

We hope to feel safe, heard and loved within our families, and it can be devastating when that isn’t happening.  Parents and children alike often find themselves at a loss with how to communicate their needs and feel heard within the family system.

As people grow and change, and as life throws new challenges our way, families often take the brunt of the tension.  Stress and transitions, such as job changes or a new baby, can impact the typical routine and create new struggles.  Families don’t always have the communication skills needed to navigate these conflicts.  We may find ourselves wondering

  • Why can’t we just get along?
  • Will this ever get any better?
  • Why can’t we connect in a loving way?

Conflict is to be expected

Conflict itself is not a sign of disaster.  When people live, work and play in close contact with one another, different needs, opinions and approaches will come up.  As families grow, old patterns can persist and new ones can arise.  

School, work and other daily activities can be stressful enough, and when we additionally are dealing with a move, a loss, divorce, or other serious changes, we often lose access to our healthiest means of coping.  When under extra pressure, most people will experience themselves blaming others and being critical of themselves.  At these times, it can be difficult for anyone to feel supported.

Family Therapy can offer family members the focused time and attention they need to bring up challenges and find new ways to hear one another and work through conflict.  Having a neutral party to mediate and facilitate discussion that doesn’t turn into arguments can allow new information to surface, supporting the family in finding common ground and solutions that work better for everyone. 

Family Therapy can help you find more harmonious ways of being together 

Family Counseling gives you the chance to have your particular struggle be heard, while also being offered a new perspective, and shining light on areas of discomfort that may need some attention.

Rather than telling you that something is broken, we support each member of the family in finding their way to loving the person they already are, while also learning more effective ways of communicating their needs. This allows everyone to connect in more authentic and productive ways with one another.

The counselor in family therapy is offered the honored role of getting a glimpse into the inner workings of a family, allowing each person’s point of view to be witnessed and heard.  In addition, by modeling connection to self, and through the use of mindfulness techniques, somatic awareness, and non-violent communication, the therapist can offer new ways of viewing and tackling the often repetitive conflicts.

Family counseling can look many different ways.  Sometimes it does involve every family member, in order to ensure all perspectives and dynamics are present and considered.  Family therapy may also at times consist of individual sessions with different members or subgroups, or even meetings between divorced parents wanting to work on their co-parenting.

Each family is truly it’s own system, with each member playing different roles in different moments, and bringing awareness to these modes of interacting can offer powerful opportunities for understanding and change.


  • Your family is going through a death in the family, a divorce, or some other life challenge, and you feel you could benefit from some outside perspective.
  • A parent or adolescent in the family is experiencing depression, anxiety or wanting support in contemplating their purpose in life.
  • You and someone you care about (brother, sister, partner, etc.) would like help in transforming the tensions and conflicts in your relationships into opportunities for healing.
  • You are an individual or couple wanting accompaniment and/or counseling in your parenting or your own relationship.
  • Your family is seeking support in your relationships with one another and wanting to move away from battles and drama into more authentic ways of connecting.
  • Your family includes individuals with unique challenges or behaviors, such as trauma from adoption or birth, special needs or gender exploration.

Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

– Elizabeth Stone

And you may have more questions about Family Therapy

Who is a good fit for Family Therapy?

Family therapy can be supportive of any combination of people within the family that is experiencing tension or conflict.  We have worked with parents and teens, grown siblings, adults and their parents, and more.  Your Family Counselor can support you in determining what grouping is the best for your particular situation.

What about divorce?

As Couples therapists, we do not carry an agenda regarding whether a family remains together or ultimately chooses the path of separation.  We are committed to supporting you in looking at all perspectives and making the best decisions for your family.  We also have experience working with divorced and separated families that want to work on co-parenting, improving communication or other challenges.

What if some family members or children can’t or don’t want to participate?

In some cases it may be appropriate to move forward with family counseling despite the lack of participation of one or more family members.  Family Therapy can often be appropriate for children of varying ages depending on the challenges being addressed.  Play Therapy, Parent Counseling and Individual counseling are also options in these situations.  Again, your therapist can support you in determining the right course of action for your needs. 

How do I know if it’s bad enough for us to need counseling?

It can be hard to know if counseling is absolutely necessary, and we also believe that everyone benefits from support no matter how big or small their problem may be!  If you are ever wondering if Family Therapy is something that you may need please do not hesitate to reach out and schedule a free consultation.  During that time you will connect with an experienced therapist that will listen and work with you to come up with a plan that works for your family.

I think we need help but I’m not sure we can afford it.

Family Therapy is an investment in the relationships that impact your everyday life.  By taking the time to delve into your conflicts and tensions, you are paving the way for improved communication and more harmonious interactions with one another.  

Louisville Family Center is committed to making therapy affordable for everyone.  If you cannot fit our full fee into your budget we offer sliding scale options.  We can also provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance.  

You can get the help and support you need

If you would like to talk with a Family Therapist to see if therapy is something that will help, please contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation.  We will try to get back to you within 24 hours.  303-604-6373 or info@louisvillefamilycenter.com

Call or email us to schedule a free 15 minute consultation to see if we are a good fit!
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