Houston Family Counseling
we treat family dysfunction
Dysfunctional families tend to be unpredictable or unsafe and result in short-term or long-term harm to family members. Family dysfunction can negatively affect a family member’s ability to function and thrive in the present and can result in painful scars and maladaptive patterns of thinking and behavior that damage self-worth and impede life success. Left unchecked, dysfunctional family patterns may be recreated in new relationships and passed down from generation to generation.
Below are topics that may be addressed in family counseling.
Family members' struggles
Parentification in which the child takes on the role of an adult by engaging in developmentally inappropriate tasks (running the home, caring for younger siblings, refereeing parents’ fights, and being allowed or expected to make household decisions).
Children serve to meet the physical or emotional needs of the parent (protecting them or cheering them up, for example)
Lack of parental involvement
Neglect of financial or basic physical care
Strong, rigid parental control over children with the expectation of total compliance (religious, financial, or personal values, for example)
Reality shifting in which a family member may deny or contradict another’s experience (re-writing a past memory or denying that something happened, for example)
Enmeshed relationships in which the line between self and others is blurred (lack of privacy or parent sees the child as an extension of themselves, for example)
Conditional love or unrealistic expectations
Children are allowed or persuaded to use drugs or alcohol
Lack of rules or structure for children
It is possible to change destructive family patterns, heal old wounds, and create closer healthy relationships built on authenticity and trust. Family therapy, involving all or multiple family members, can help. Individual therapy with one family member can be helpful too. According to family systems research, when one member of the family system changes, it forces the whole family system to change and adjust.
Therapy to treat family dysfunction may include the below tasks.
Expression and validation of feelings
Healthy boundaries and limit setting
Creating structure, stability, and flexibility
Strengthening the support system and building coping skills
At The Resilience Center of Houston, we have licensed therapists skilled at treating family dysfunction to lessen distress and create better outcomes for all involved. Contact us to be connected to a caring expert today.
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Skilled therapists at The Resilience Center of Houston specialize in treating anxiety through evidenced-based therapies. With 4 locations and virtual sessions, counseling has never been more convenient. With dozens of in-network insurance companies and reasonable private pay rates, counseling counseling has never been more affordable.
You are not alone.
Anxiety is a common mental health condition and highly treatable.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes in the body that is a normal reaction to stress.
How is anxiety different than fear?
Fear and anxiety may be used interchangeably but have distinct, key differences. Fear is the reaction to a current threat in the present. Anxiety is characterized by the anticipation of potential danger in the future.
When can anxiety be helpful?
When faced with an important moment, like taking a test or making a big decision, anxiety can provide us with a boost of energy and help us focus. Anxiety is an adaptive emotion that works toward preventing a feared situation and readies us to tackle future problems.
When is anxiety a problem?
Anxiety becomes problematic when the worry or concern we feel dominates our thoughts and keep us from joy, meaning, and peace in the present. No amount of anxiety helps us predict the future, control our lives, or prevent negative things from happening.
What are Common Anxiety Symptoms?
Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. A person may have an anxiety disorder when their anxiety is out of proportion to the situation, leads them to avoid situations that trigger or worsen their symptoms, and hinders their ability to function normally.
How common are
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health conditions with about 30% of adults experiencing an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. One in five American adults experience an anxiety disorder each year.
What are the different types of anxiety disorders?
What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Generalized anxiety disorder involves excessive and persistent worry that interferes with daily life. Relentless worry results in physical symptoms, like restlessness, feeling on edge, difficulty concentrating, muscle tension, exhaustion, and sleep problems. Topics of worry typically center on everyday matters, like appointments, home repairs, work responsibilities, and family health.
What is Panic Disorder?
Panic Disorder is characterized by recurrent Panic Attacks. Panic attacks present with severe and overwhelming psychological and physical distress, involving some of the below symptoms.
What are the physical symptoms of Panic Disorder?
Shortness of breath
Tightness in the chest
Numbness or tingling
What are the psychological symptoms of Panic Disorder?
Feeling like you’re having a heart attack
Feeling like you’re going to die
Feeling impending doom
Feeling like you’re going crazy
Feeling like you’re losing touch with reality
Fearing you’ll lose control of yourself
Constant worry about when you’ll have your next panic attack
Fear you’ll embarrass yourself
What are Phobias?
A specific phobia involves intense and persistent fear of a particular object, situation or activity that is generally not dangerous. The experienced distress is acute and leads sufferers to go to extreme lengths to avoid what they fear.
What are common phobias?
Fear of driving
Fear of flying
Fear of vomiting
Fear of needles
Fear of confined spaces
Fear of being alone
Fear of leaving the house
What is Agoraphobia?
Agoraphobia is characterized by the fear of being trapped or stuck in circumstances in which escape may be difficult or embarrassing, or help might not be easily available. The fear is acutely distressing and interferes with normal daily activities. The person typically avoids the situation, needs a companion, or experiences extreme anxiety.
What are common situations agoraphobics fear?
Leaving the home
What is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder ?
PTSD can develop after a severe physical or emotional trauma such as a sexual assault, natural disaster, or serious accident. Those with PTSD feel intensely upsetting thoughts and emotions connected to their traumatic experience that persist long after the situation happened.
What are PTSD symptoms?
The symptoms of PTSD can be categorized into four areas.
Intrusion – repeated, unwanted thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks of the event
Avoidance – steering clear of people, places, activities, and objects that are associated with the event.
Changes in cognition and mood – loss of interest, distorted thinking, difficulties concentrating, loss of certain memories, negative emotions, hypervigilance, social withdrawal, and anhedonia.
Changes in behavior – social withdrawal, anger outbursts, recklessness, sensitive startle response, problems sleeping.
What is Social Anxiety Disorder?
Social Anxiety Disorder involves excessive discomfort in social situations and a fear of experiencing embarrassment, judgment, humiliation, condescension, or rejection in social situations that can negatively impact work, school, and other daily activities. People with this disorder will try to avoid social situations or endure them with great anxiety.
What are commonly feared situations for those with social anxiety?
Commonly feared situations include attending parties, interacting at work, eating in public, or engaging in unscripted interactions.
What are common Social Anxiety symptoms?
Mind goes blank
Speaks very softly
Avoids eye contact
What is Separation Anxiety Disorder?
Separation Anxiety Disorder is is characterized by excessive fear of being away from those we are close to, who are also called attachment persons.
What are signs of Separation Anxiety Disorder?
Anticipation of potential separation causes mounting fear
Persistent worry about the negative consequences resulting from separation
Obsessive focus on the multitude of situations that could lead to separation
Interferes with attending important activities, like work or school
Fears of sleeping outside the home and away from attachment persons
Nightmares about separation
Headaches, nausea, or vomiting
What is Selective Mutism?
Selective Mutism is a rare and debilitating childhood condition that involves a failure to speak in certain situations in which there is a natural expectation to speak. A child may talk at home, for example, and be nonverbal at school. The absence of spoken communication can significantly interfere with the child’s academic achievement and can stunt their social development and the formation of relationships with others. It is theorized that Selective Mutism may be an early and specific manifestation of Social Anxiety Disorder.
What are behaviors associated with Selective Mutism?
What are the impacts of anxiety?
Anxiety may disrupt many areas of a person's life.
Relationships with others
Career or School
- Unhealthy coping behavior
Will anxiety go away on its own?
Anxiety may go away when the distressing event ends, or it may lead to an anxiety disorder when their is chronic stress, irrational thinking, or maladaptive coping.
What happens if anxiety is left untreated?
If you’re living with an anxiety disorder, ignoring your symptoms may make them worse. If left untreated, anxiety disorders can worsen and substantially disrupt your life.
Can anxiety be treated?
The good news is that anxiety disorders are some of the most treatable mental health conditions. Most disorders are treated through psychotherapy, medications, or a combination of the two. Research shows that most people that receive therapy for anxiety conditions get better with therapy. The course of treatment depends on the type of anxiety disorder, its severity, the person's age, and the duration of symptoms.
How can I help my anxiety?
A licensed mental health professional can help you walk through the process of finding the therapy that is right for you.
What are some successful treatments for anxiety?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
CBT is a type of psychotherapy or counseling approach that is often used to treat anxiety. Amble scientific evidence shows that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is effective in treating anxiety disorders and improves the person’s functioning and quality of life.
How does CBT counseling help with anxiety?
CBT is based on the fundamental idea that mental health conditions are in part caused by unhelpful ways of thinking, and maladaptive patterns of behavior. CBT therapists work to help clients learn healthier coping strategies through challenging thought patterns and altering behavioral patterns.
Exposure Response Prevention
What is Exposure Response Prevention?
ERP is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that allows those with anxiety to gradually face their fears in a safe environment with a skilled helping professional. Individuals learn that exposure to their fears does not actually lead to the outcomes they dread. They build confidence in their ability to cope with triggers without resorting to avoidance, rituals, or unhealthy coping skills.
How does ERP counseling help with anxiety?
Through a habituation process, individuals systematically engage with thoughts, circumstances, and objects they fear. The person is desensitized, little by little, and the triggerd stimuli becomes less and less psychologically distressing.
What is Acceptance Commitment Therapy?
Stemming from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, ACT is an action-centered therapeutic approach that seeks to grow psychological flexibility and emotional openness.
How does ACT counseling help with anxiety?
ACT believes that controlling painful emotions is counterproductive, with suppression of these feelings leading to more distress. Clients learn that vulnerable and uncomfortable emotions are not to be avoided or denied. These feelings are adaptive responses to situations and should be accepted and experienced in the present with mindful awareness. Clients set goals based on their values and commit to making necessary changes in their lives, regardless of their emotional responses.