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.