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Seeking Help for Family Problems: List of Family Counseling Providers to Consider

Seeking Help for Family Problems: List of Family Counseling Providers to Consider

Family counseling, although it’s been seen as a step taken by people whose marriages are going to hit the rocks anyway, could actually prove effective. Over the years, people have been known to use family and marriage counseling as a way to sort out issues which they are facing in their homes and to have a new breath and lease of life in their families. Although on the average, family counseling seems to be helpful, there are some that seem to be more effective than the other. However, before we share out top picks with you, here are some tips you should know about family counseling before you go into it.

Family Counseling Isn’t a Substitute for Personal Activity

Basically, this means that although you’ll get clarity and certain solutions through a family counseling effort, it still doesn’t fill the void created by your inactivity and inability to do certain things. A family counseling effort will only tell you what to do. You’ve still got to act by yourself and see things work. Otherwise, there’s no reason why you should go into counseling in the first place.

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It Doesn’t Always Work

Although family counselors won’t want to admit this, family counseling won’t always work for you. This is because sometimes families have issues that family counseling just can’t fix. These issues usually get ironed out by simple confrontations and self searching.[1] So if you do go for a family counseling session and it seems not to be yielding any results, it’s a pretty clear pointer that you’re not necessarily in the right place.

You should consider family counseling if you’re experiencing any of the following:

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  • A prolonged feeling of sadness or helplessness about the issues facing your marriage and despite the efforts that you, your extended family and friends put in, things don’t seem to get better. Basically, this means that counseling shouldn’t be your first resort. You have to have put in a considerable amount of effort in trying to fix the problem before eventually resorting to family counseling.
  • A difficulty to carry out everyday activities, perhaps due to the stress being developed by your issues at home. At this point, seek help…..and FAST. You might be on the verge of a breakdown and that’s way much worse.
  • You worry constantly. This is another marker towards a breakdown. At this point, you’re more than free to consult a counselor.It shows that the issues are far more than you can stomach by yourself.
  • Actions at home are being harmful or injurious. Honestly, there is no clearer indicator to the fact that you need counseling more than this. Injurious actions include lashing out due to anger, excessive consumption of alcohol, drug use and abuse, a frequent occurrence of confrontations, disagreements and over aggressiveness. It’s much better to seek out a counselor before things get out of hand because once they do, counseling might not be able to help you anymore.

Those being said, feel free to browse our top picks for family counseling services:

Good Therapy: helps you to find a therapist, psychologist, or marriage counselor near you

Good Therapy is nifty in the sense that they help search for qualified counselors and therapists who are able to help you navigate through problems in your marriage. Equipped with a crop of highly competent and resourceful therapists, you can be sure that your issues will be brought to light and professionally treated.[2]

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Menninger: introduces unique stress-relieving tactics

Menninger is a state of the art and highly seasoned family counseling service. They offer awesome services and unique solutions to issues. With experienced staff, you can rest assured that they’ve seen basically everything and will be able to address your issues. They have a lot of stress-relieving tactics, including awesome exercise routines, anger management, etc.[3] In a nutshell, Menninger is a service that’s worth considering.

Austin Family Counseling: provides services in every aspect of family life

Austin Family Counseling is an awesome family counseling that offers services in basically every aspect of family life; dealing with children, teenagers, couples’ counseling, individual adult counseling, etc. Basically, they’ve got advice and fixes in every aspect of family life that you might need.

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Live Oaks Counseling: allows you to have personal counseling at home or online

At Live Oaks Counseling, there’s a safe and highly comfortable environment that offers the release of feelings and fosters trust and relaxation. That way, clients are free to explore perceptions, emotions and personal growth. They offer trained professionals who constantly strive to offer quality care to those who are in need. Also, they make allowances for personal counseling (whether at home, in your office, etc) or an online counseling course which will be carried out over a secure network.

The American Association for Marriage and Family Counseling: connects professional marriage and family therapists

Given the fact that there’s a department or association for basically everything in America, it’s hardly a surprise that there’s one for family counseling. This body, although not entirely a sanctioned government department, actually provides one of the best family counseling services in the country. They’re awesome for families of different sizes and they’ve got testimonials all over the country.

First Family Counseling: offers therapeutic counseling, resources, education and referrals

At First Family Counseling, individuals, newlywed couples and full families can have full access to therapeutic care and complete counseling. Although the duration of a counseling session varies depending on the type of counseling tat’s being administered, you can rest assured that your needs and issues will be efficiently addressed and taken care of.

FamiliesFirst: takes good care of every class of people, from children to adults

FamiliesFirst has actually been around for quite a while, providing a very wide range of counseling services. From children to adults, FamiliesFirst takes good care of basically every class of people. They offer individual, couples’, family and group counseling, all with the aim of healing any emotional wounds, ensuring mental stability, strengthening relation and cohesion among family members and other objectives.

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How to Be Happy: Why Pursuing Happiness Will Make You Unhappy

How to Be Happy: Why Pursuing Happiness Will Make You Unhappy

When we talk about happiness, we often think about staying happy all the time – every single day, every single minute with zero negativity. Many try to pursue this constant state of “happiness” as their ultimate goal, and avoid anything that may take it away from them.

But, what is the meaning of this type of “happiness”?

It’s a lot like your favorite food. The more often you have it isn’t always better. On the contrary, when you only have a chance to eat it sparingly, that’s when you really savor every bite. So is it the food itself that makes you happy, or is it how valuable it is to you when you are eating it?

Always remember that only by experiencing sadness do we understand what it is to be happy.

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Don’t Assume Others Are Always Happy

Most people see those who have seemingly perfect lives and assume they are happy all the time. Since childhood, we are conditioned to chase the idea of “happily-ever-after” that we see in fairytales. On social media, everyone tends to share only the best looking aspects of their lives. So, it’s very easy to have a distorted view of what “happiness” is around us.

In reality, there is always something missing, something lacking, or something unpleasant.

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When we feel negative, we’re only focusing on a small fluctuating curve. As CEO of Lifehack, I’ve had to deal with countless problems, and some of them felt like real setbacks at the time. During those moments, it really seemed like these problems would be the life or death of my company and my life goals. But, I got through them; and, weeks, months and eventually years passed with many more ups and downs.

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You need to keep your sights on the extended curve.  Looking back now, a lot of those “really big” problems at the time now seem like only small blips in a long line of experiences. Recalling them in my mind now makes me smile!

Stop Trying to Be Happy–Just Be

It’s natural to want to be happy as often as possible.

So what can we do?

First, throw away the belief that a perfect life means happiness. Personally, I would be miserable if everything was perfect. It’s through experiencing the pains of lifelong challenges that drives us to care for others when they are experiencing similar trials. If life was perfect, you wouldn’t be able to empathize. If life was perfect, you wouldn’t grow.

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To be truly happy, stop chasing permanent happiness.

It sounds like a paradox. But, what I mean is to accept that there will be ups and downs throughout life. Gracefully understand that happiness is a fluctuation of positive and negative events.

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