If you’ve never struggled with anxiety, depression or another disruptive pattern over the long term, it can be hard to understand what’s going on with someone who is experiencing that kind of difficulty. It is easy to think they should just ‘snap out of it’ or move on. In our experience as Vermont family therapists, it’s not that simple. Feelings of anxiety, depression or failure can snowball. If you’re living with someone who is experiencing disruptive symptoms, you may also notice the ways it affects the rest of the household.
When someone is struggling emotionally, their moods may become unpredictable. You might want to avoid them, and you might be exhausted from reaching out but not getting much in return. All of these feelings are perfectly normal and it’s possible you’re not the right person to help them work through this particular set of problems. Especially as a parent, that can be a tough realization, but there is good news. There are family therapy options in Vermont, and talk therapy can help.
Family therapy can work in many ways. A child or teenager could start talk therapy, a child and parent could start talk therapy or the whole family could start therapy. The goal is to find the patterns that are leading to disruption in the house regardless of whether they involve one person or multiple people.
Talk therapy sometimes sounds like an open-ended process but it may help to think in terms of what you’d like to address. Maybe it’s conflict among family members. Maybe it’s a family member with depression. You may not know all the steps that need to happen to get your household back on an even keel, but your therapist can help walk you through the process and let you know what to expect.
If family therapy in Vermont is worth discussing let us know. We’re here to help you understand what to expect.