Finding What Works For You
Making the decision to seek out the support of a therapist or counselor is an important step for any family. As a foster parent, finding the right form of support is not a decision that can be taken lightly. With the various types of counseling, the decision to choose the method best suited for your family unit will require some research.
There are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration. Not only do you only have to take into consideration the current family dynamics but one also has to consider the history and the mental health of the foster child. Another important factor to consider, before setting out to seek support, is to understand what you hope to achieve through the counseling sessions.
Part of healthy development involves a differentiation of self. People with a poorly differentiated self are more likely to be dependent on the approval and acceptance of others, to the point that they will try to please or bully others into agreeing with them. — Sharie Stines, PsyD
What Are the Benefits of Family Counseling?
Bringing a child from the foster system into your home and an already established family can be a stressful experience which may place a strain on family relationships. With counseling, you can find the tools and resources to aid in understanding and enabling cooperation among your family unit. With therapy, members of the family unit can learn to support each other and work together to minimize the disruption that adding a member to an already functioning family dynamic can give rise to.
The Types of Service Providers Available
Let’s start by looking at the types of counselors that are available. The treatment plans these therapists and counselors will work with will vary from family to family as they would be adjusted to accommodate the needs and objectives of the family unit. To name a few of these counselors/experts:
- Professional Counsellors
- Social Workers
- Marriage & Family Therapists
Some of us have more awareness of the family dynamics and significant events carried in our lineage than others. Yet even on the clearest nights, our vistas are limited by the distance that the naked eye can see. — Katrina Michelle, PhD, LCSW
How Will Therapy Help My Family?
The objective of counseling is to offer the family guidance and advice on how best to address the challenges they face. Through advice, they can teach families how to support each other and most importantly, give them the tools to resolve any obstacles and practical concerns that could arise.
What Are The Types Of Counseling Available?
There are a number of different types of counseling available. Families could use one or multiple counseling services. The types of counseling you choose should address any concerns or challenges while teaching you the tools and resources to deal with and resolve them. These services can be used individually by family members, addressed as a group or a combination of both.
- Individual counseling which can include talking and sharing privately the challenges or stress you can be facing. Through one-on-one sessions with the counselor, you can be open and speak freely without the concern of anyone else in the family take offense
- Couples counseling can play an important role for foster parents to ensure their personal bonds remain strong. Facing challenges and the stresses can place a lot of strain on personal relationships.
One major reason that many people, especially men, do not seek help and therefore needlessly suffer for long periods of time from emotional pain, anxiety, excessive anger, old resentments and depression, is their perceived stigma associated with receiving mental health care. They regard getting help as embarrassing, something others do but not themselves. — Susan Heitler Ph.D.
- Family counseling is a great way for someone to assess the family dynamics. With Family counseling, the entire family attends sessions and talks with the counselor.
- Group counseling is a great form of support. These sessions include a group of individuals with similar concerns coming together with a trained counselor who provides guidance. Foster Care Support groups can be a great source of support resources for families.
There are a number of resources and support tools available. Knowing what you hope to achieve is the first step to seeking support. Finding what best suits your needs and those of your family is important. Counseling and Support Services are not only for addressing challenges or problems. They also aid in providing resources that can be used throughout your life.