All families experience stressors. Because families are made up of unique individuals that often have differing needs, opinions, values and priorities, dealing with these stressors can be confusing and lead to conflicts among members. Family counseling can be effective for:
- Improving communication between family members
- Helping family members come to terms with one of the members’ illness, addiction or death
- Facilitating successful blending of families
- Providing support to family members during a difficult transition such as divorce or a move
- Resolving conflicts
- Helping with parenting issues, such as setting healthy boundaries with children
Confidentiality in Counseling
Generally speaking, the information provided by and to a client during therapy sessions is legally confidential and cannot be disclosed without the client’s written consent. When providing services to children and adolescents, it is important that parents/caregivers understand that some information will be held confidential.
-Suspected child, adult dependent, or elder abuse or neglect, which I am legally obligated to report to the appropriate authorities immediately.
-If a client communicates any information involving a threat to himself or herself or to others, I may be obligated to take immediate action to protect you (the client) or others from this threat. Additionally, I am obligated to report the threat to both the authorities and the intended victim(s) of the threat.