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Counseling for Families

Is your family struggling to cope with a major change, divorce, trauma, or loss?

Do you wish that your family had better communication and boundary setting skills?

Are you ready for your house to feel like a home again?

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Families don’t always live in harmony. Big changes like a divorce, the loss of a family member, or a difficult adjustment to a new home can create conflict and tension that wasn’t always there. If this is the case for you, you may be feeling like the way your family communicates has become hostile and unproductive. The number of conflicts between family members may also be on the rise.

There may also be an individual’s problem, such as mental illness, substance abuse issues, or unemployment, that is impacting the whole family. Fortunately, counseling can help you and your family members better understand one another as you face the anxiety, grief, or anger that comes with these stressors. Learning about coping skills, healthy boundary setting, and better ways to communicate can all help you to grow stronger as a unit.

Counseling Can Help Your Family Cope with Challenges

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There are a lot of situations that bring families into therapy:

  • A family member’s mental illness or substance abuse issue
  • A family member or loved one’s death
  • Divorce or separation
  • Changes in children’s behavior
  • Parent-child conflicts
  • Financial difficulties or unemployment
  • A sudden breakdown in healthy communication

Problems like these are tricky to navigate — and you shouldn’t have to face them alone. That is why we want to work with you to discover the tools needed to establish – or reestablish – harmony within the household.

Counseling Allows Families to Overcome a Number of Issues


Family counseling has a wide range of positive outcomes, such as:

  • Learning how to solve problems in a productive manner
  • Identifying behavioral issues that may be contributing to conflict between family members
  • Recognizing your strengths and weaknesses as a unit
  • Setting individual and family goals
  • Improving communication between family members
  • Relieving awkwardness or tension within the household

Counseling is a Proven Way to Help

Some families are wary of attending therapy because they feel like it is a sign of weakness or failure. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, choosing to go to family counseling indicates that you are ready to confront your problems head-on. By learning how to work through issues together and connecting with each other on a new level, you will come out even stronger than ever before.

The Experts in Family Therapy in St. Petersburg, FL

Our team is here to help meet the mental health needs of families in the St. Petersburg, FL area and want you to feel happy, healthy, and unified. Whether you are finding it difficult to cope with a death, divorce, or other traumatic event, are undergoing behavioral issues with your children, or are navigating a family member’s mental health or substance abuse issues, we want to be there for you. Call McNulty Counseling today to begin the journey to feeling better.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week depending on where you are in treatment. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Sometimes medication makes it more difficult to realize the underlying problems so if getting off of medication is something you’re interested in, I would be glad to help you in your journey.
A Licensed Mental Health Counselor has the training and qualifications that are equipped to handle a multitude of problems. They can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.

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Reach out to us if you are unsure of what needs you have for counseling, questions about our mental healthcare practice, or about our Counseling Center in Saint Petersburg, Florida prior to coming to the office.

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