Benefits of Post Adoption Counseling

Raising a child is a challenging, yet rewarding feat. When it comes to blending a family with a child who has been adopted, the dynamic of challenges is different. It can be a bit more complex depending on the age of the child and what they have already experienced in their short lifetime. If you are considering adoption or have already adopted, family or teen counseling should be at the top of your to do list.

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Why Family, Child and Teen Counseling Should be a Part of Your Adoptive Family Unit

A counselor with expertise in family counseling services, particularly those dealing with adopted children, can help the adopted child work through trauma-related issues they are experiencing. Additionally, the counselor can help the adoptive parents understand what their child is dealing with emotionally and psychologically. Therapy is not a one-size-fits all treatment. Therapy approaches for younger children will differ from those involved in adolescent or teen counseling.

It’s important for the family unit as a whole to have an understanding of what helps create a cohesiveness within the family and what hinders it. For example, a disciplinary action you use with your biological child that works well could trigger disruptive behavior or unpleasant emotional reaction when used with your adopted child. Another example would be if your adopted child experienced abuse with their former family simply raising your voice could lead to upset. It is vital that you learn to implement effective techniques so that your adopted child feels safe in their new environment and they learn that they are safe and loved.

Professional Adoption and Counseling Services for Families at Garrett Counseling

Our experienced adoption counselors understand the unique needs involved with families with an adopted child. Whether the issues are related to trauma, attachment, grief, loss, or something else, we can help. For more information on our family, child, teen counseling services, you can find that here. If you are ready to schedule an online or in-person appointment, click here. You can also reach one of our advocate specialists by calling (256) 239-5662.


Navigating Family Over the Holidays

As a Huntsville center for counseling, we know that some families are loud, chaotic, and full of merry cheer. Others are more low key just doing what they do to celebrate their traditional holiday. Some families have unresolved issues leading to an unpleasant get together with anger and arguments. And there are those that have a mix of all of the above. When holidays leave you frustrated or dreading them all together, family problem counseling can help bring the happy back to your holidays.

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Strategies and Tips to Keep Your Cool

Any attempt at controlling other people actually puts you in their control. So this season, take charge and take control of you and your surroundings with the following tips from your Huntsville center for counseling:

  • Set boundaries. You decide whether or not you travel for the holidays. And you also make the invitations to those you want in attendance at your celebration. You can walk away from conversations about topics that cause stress or anxiety. Similarly, you can set the expectations of your guests. Are there topics that should be off limits to help keep the peace? If so, let that be known before the gathering, and if someone disrespects that boundary, stand your ground.
  • Set a budget. Eliminate the financial stressors post-holiday with setting and staying within a predetermined amount to spend on gifts. Say goodbye to maxed out credit cards and cutting corners to pay the minimum amounts when the hustle and bustle of the season is gone. You’ll be glad you did!
  • Plan ahead. Make a list of all that needs to be done. Prioritize your list and set attainable goals each day. Delegate. It’s ok to relinquish control sometimes. Involve others in your preparations so you don’t feel burdened to do everything on your own.

Get The Best Family Counseling With Garrett

Be prepared for your family gathering over the holidays by speaking with a counselor at our Jacksonville, Boaz, or Huntsville center for counseling. For more information, complete a short contact form here, or call (256) 239-5662 today!


Signs Your Family Would Benefit from Counseling – Part 3

Welcome to the third part of our mini blog series on the benefits of Alabama marriage and family therapy and how a marriage and family therapist can help you and your spouse achieve harmony and happiness in your home. If you have missed either of the first two, you can find them here and here. One of the reasons that second marriages, especially those with kids from the first marriage, don’t succeed are because of the busyness of life.

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How Family Struggles Affect a Marriage

The previous blogs in this series discussed family counseling and blended family counseling. However, the foundation of your family is you and your spouse. The stronger your marriage, the more successful you will be at parenting, co-parenting, and running things smoothly in your home.

Everyday family tasks, activities, and responsibilities can very easily divert family members into a robotic rushed rut where you are each running in every direction trying to check things off the list. Kids have practices and games. Parents have meetings, work, and social events. Kids have birthday parties and playdates. In the midst of all this, mom and dad need their alone time individually, as well as date nights and time for intimacy.

A full plate depletes your energy and increases stress. These two things alone are enough to create friction between a husband and a wife. Before you know it, tensions rise, bickering ensues, and you wonder how you got there. A marriage and family therapist is trained for just these situations and can help you and your spouse!

Family Counseling in Huntsville with Garrett Counseling

Time goes by quickly. Don’t let little things build up until they become big issues. Look into a marriage and family therapist in Huntsville, Boaz or Jacksonville, and find the love, joy, and harmony you once shared in your marriage. If you are ready to take the first step call us at (256) 239-5662, or follow this link to complete a short contact form.


Signs Your Family Would Benefit from Counseling – Part 2

As we continue on in our three-part blog series, today we are going to discuss how family counseling in Boaz, marriage counseling, and counseling for kids can benefit your blended family. If you missed part one in this series, you can get caught up by clicking here.

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Blending a Family is Hard Work

Hormones, differences in personalities, diverse backgrounds, differing parenting styles, emotional baggage from the dissolution of a family unit, these are all factors that fall into the melting pot of a blended family. Just trying to make a relationship between two people work successfully is a challenge. When you add kids into the mix and all of the feelings from past relationships, you’re climbing a very steep hill. Take a look at the bullet points below for a sampling of challenges a blended family faces.

  • Differing rules – Mom/dad lets me at their house. Why can’t I here?
  • Hurt/Anger – You’re not my mom/dad!
  • Separation anxiety – A child clinging to their biological parent.
  • Jealousy – You treat his/her children better than you treat me, or acting out just to get attention when the stepparent is around.

These are just a few of many situations you could run into when you make the choice to remarry with children involved. They are also very normal reactions for a child. As you can expect, when the children are acting out, it causes a strain on your marriage. The good news is that there is hope for a happy, peaceful blended family through family counseling in Boaz.

Blended Family Counseling in Boaz with Garrett Counseling

When trying to create a successful environment for your blended family, make counseling a priority. Contact us here to request an appointment or submit questions. For faster service, call (256) 239-5662. Stay tuned for part three in our mini series on the benefits of family counseling.


Signs Your Family Would Benefit from Counseling – Part 1

In this mini-blog series we’ll address some of the many signs of how family counseling would benefit your family. Clients who have participated in family counseling in Huntsville have developed better communication within their families and found solutions to issues resulting in a happier, more peaceful home.

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“We Can Fix It On Our Own”

How’s that working out for you? How long have you been trying to “fix” the issues in your family resulting in the same results and frustration? Sometimes during couples counseling we discover a need for a pediatric counseling center too. This helps the whole family heal. Therapists are trained to assess, explore, diagnose, implement, and restructure treatment plans for the betterment of your mental health. They specialize in developing insight and dissecting issues that untrained people don’t have the knowledge to do.

Family counselors in Huntsville also have the experience that comes from working with a multitude of families. They are able to recognize the deeper issues and the need for pediatric counseling or teen counseling if necessary. Although family counselors do work with the whole family dynamic, sometimes it’s best for everyone for the child to see a pediatric counselor. If a teen in your family needs helps, working with a counselor well-versed in teenage issues benefits everyone. Sometimes, especially with teenagers, finding a counselor the family isn’t seeing helps the teen open up.

Family Counseling in Huntsville with Garrett Counseling

Keeping your family healthy and happy is important, but not always easy. If you know you need family counseling or are searching for “teenage therapist counseling near me” or a pediatric counseling center, contact Garrett Counseling today. We have offices not only in Huntsville, but also Boaz and Jacksonville, AL.  Our experienced team at any location can help you get the care your family needs with virtual or in-person appointments. Click here or call (256) 239-5662 now!


Is it Okay to Talk to My Child About Their Therapy Session?

When participating in family counseling services, the counselor will want to meet with each participant for individual sessions at some point. A child participating in therapy is obviously there for a reason. Not only are they dealing with whatever issues landed them there, but they are allowing themselves to be completely vulnerable with a stranger. That’s a lot of pressure for a kid! On the drive home, it’s really tempting to ask all about their session, but it’s best not to.

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The Trust Factor

Do you tend to confide in someone you don’t trust? Seems like a silly question, but it puts this topic in context. If your child knows everything they are saying to the counselor is going right back to mom or dad, how likely are they to open up? Not at all.

For therapy to be effective, there has to be trust between the counselor and the child. The counselor needs to understand all aspects of your child in order to help them truly heal, recover, or overcome the issues that got them into child therapy in the first place.

A great level of insight can come through play therapy, but getting to the root and guiding your child down the most appropriate path comes from a combination of therapeutic techniques and conversation. As a child feels comfortable and safe, they will open up. The same is true with you as their parent.

When they feel they are being drilled with questions, they might shy away from discussing anything with you. There might be things they have shared with their therapist that they don’t feel comfortable sharing with you for whatever reason. Maybe they’re afraid it will hurt your feelings or upset you. The important thing is that they are getting help and on their way to a happier life. Give them space. Let them come to you and share what they want to when they are ready. And if they don’t, accept that and embrace their wellness over the details.

Family Counseling Services at Garrett Counseling

If you feel like you should be more involved in your child’s therapy sessions, contact Garrett Counseling today. We are happy to answer any questions you have and will guide you in the way that’s best for you and your family. We have three convenient locations in Boaz, Huntsville, and Jacksonville and offer in-person or online counseling sessions. Call (256) 239-5662 today, or follow this link to request an appointment.


Tips to Improve Family Communication

Families today are more diverse than ever. Yours may be a blended family with his, hers and ours, or a family with kids from newborn to teenager. Some kids may be biological, while others may be adopted. You may even be what is often thought of as a traditional family with two kids just a few years apart. No matter how your family came to be, improving communication can lessen stress, frustration and lead to a happier household. Family counseling for Jacksonville, AL families can improve communication and harmony. Here’s how.

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Making it Better

Generally, people are a product of their environment. It’s quite probable you speak to your spouse or your children in a similar fashion as your parents spoke to you. Maybe you handle conflict the same way your mom or dad did. You think you turned out okay, and that’s great. But what if things could be better? What if you learned skills that would take your family bond to the next level? That sounds like a win-win! Read on for a few ideas on how this can be achieved.

  • Be deliberate. Put the phones away during meals. Focus on quality, uninterrupted time. When you engage with others ignoring interruptions, everyone feels important.
  • Insist on family meals. Schedules get busy, and it’s really easy to grab food on the fly. It is so important to ensure everyone is getting at least one healthy meal a day and that you’re doing it together. If dinner every night isn’t possible, commit to at least three meals a week. Use this time to learn about your child’s classes or your spouse’s job.
  • Focus on listening to what your family member is saying, and don’t interrupt. Acknowledge their feelings even if you don’t agree with them.
  • Have dates with your children. Your undivided attention means the world to your child. Having that one-on-one time with them strengthens your bond and nourishes their need to be loved.

Family Counseling in Jacksonville, AL at Garrett

Family counseling for Jacksonville, AL families is only a phone call away. With offices also available in Boaz, AL and Huntsville, AL, all our professional team memebers at Garrett Counseling can help your family improve communication and provide a more peaceful environment. Call (256) 239-5662 or reach us by clicking here.


Couples Counseling Isn’t Always Marriage Counseling

Have you and your significant other lost that spark? Have there been circumstances that have damaged your trust? Before you call it quits, consider an attempt at repairing your relationship through couples counseling. Studies have shown that the rate of effectiveness in restoring a relationship through couples counseling is 75 percent.

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Couples Counseling V. Marriage Counseling

The focus in marriage counseling are the events of here and now. Present day issues are front and center of getting the marriage back on track. Couples therapy also addresses present day concerns, but it goes a step further. What lies in the history of both individuals that results in an unhealthy pattern of relating? Uncovering past experiences or relational patterns is key in discovering where and how the healing needs to begin. You can move forward much more productively in a relationship when you understand what’s behind a certain behavior or pattern.

What to Expect in Couples Counseling

The first goal in couples counseling is to get to the root of the problems. To accomplish this goal, the counselor will need to meet with both clients individually so they can get to know you on a personal level. The content of these sessions can range from early childhood to teenage years through young adulthood. What was your family dynamic? How did your family members handle conflict? Was there any abuse? These few things among an endless list of others are very personal but important pieces of information the counselor can use in your counseling sessions as a couple or individually or both.

The next goal in couple’s counseling is to set goals and to ensure that each party knows why they are seeking counseling. As we all know, goals take time to achieve. To attain success in your counseling, you will need to commit to regular sessions for a period of time.

Are You Ready?

Contact our Huntsville, Boaz, or Jacksonville location for more information on couples counseling. We can help with both couples counseling and marriage counseling. If the issue lies deeper, our experienced professionals can guide you through the past and on your way to relational success. Fill out our contact form or call our Huntsville office today at (256) 239-5662.