Family counseling is a kind of group psychotherapy. Led by a psychologist, it’s usually short-term and can teach each family how to resolve conflicts and improve their communication. Family counseling can work with the whole group or only with willing of family members. If you’re interested in this kind of counseling, talk with your loved ones about attending. Then, find a suitable counselor and start working on these issues.
1) Have a talk first. Getting loved ones to attend family counseling together might take some efforts and organizations. Whether you are trying to convince your beloved one, your parents, or your siblings, you’ll first need to have a frank talk with them. Ask your beloved ones to sit down so you may communicate your desire with them.
2) Propose for counseling. The whole point of talking to your beloved ones is to propose family counseling, so try being direct and to-the-point. At the same time, be prepared for some possible push-back and approach the topic gently and with patience and try not to get angry & defensive.
3) Focus on your finding solutions. Your beloved ones might be more receptive to your idea of family counseling if you can focus on how it can solve problems. Stress the practical element: how counseling together will teach you to fix problems in relationships and communication, rather than the chance it gives you to vent both of your feelings.
4) Try to explore alternatives. Your beloved ones ultimately have a choice: they might be receptive to counseling or they might not be. People may be afraid, distrustful that therapy can work. But even with a refusal, don not lose hope. There are still other alternatives to family counseling that can help you and beloved ones to improve your relationships.