Family Therapy: Assimilating into Your Blended Family
Nov 06, 2019
Modern society has and
is becoming increasingly more accepting of different types of family
structures. However, there are still many internal factors that can make
it difficult for blended families to live together
harmoniously. The term blended families refers to a family dynamic that
includes one or more "step" family members.
In Popular culture, we
have seen sitcoms like "The Brady Bunch" make family blending look like
an easy task. Depending on the complexities of the relationships it can
be overwhelming to manage the happiness of a blended
family household. It is common for one or more family member to feel
ostracized and under-supported. An individual may feel like they have to
take on the full burden of accommodating each family member's needs,
but attempting this will lead to emotional burnout.
If you experience feelings of
loneliness, inadequacy or anxiety in your blended family setting, then it might be worthwhile to look into family counseling services.
Developing a bond with your stepchild(ren) is another challenging duty to take on in a blended family. In order to harbor a trusting relationship with your step-child, it is very important to respect their emotional boundaries. Patience and understanding are huge factors in this equation. Working together in a family group therapy setting provides a nurturing environment that will influence trust and mutual respect.
Even if you are confident that your blended family is happily adjusting to its new dynamic, it is still beneficial to attend a family therapy session. While you may feel well-adjusted and your family appears to be adjusting smoothly, you can't truly be sure of what others are feeling and experiencing. Taking the step to introduce a family therapist into the mix can demonstrate how devoted you are to the well-being of each family member. Additionally, group family sessions create a safe-space for each individual to express themselves and discuss their emotional needs. This process can help develop a strong foundation for lasting bonds between step-children and parents.
Contact us today to find out more
how Family Therapy can help your family.