When and Why to Seek Family Counseling

An elderly woman decided to have her portrait painted. She told the artist” Paint me with diamond earrings, a diamond necklace, emerald bracelets, a ruby broach, and gold Rolex.”

“But you are not wearing any of those things” replied the artist.

“I know,” she said. “It’s in case I should die before my husband. I’m sure he will remarry right away, and I want his new wife to go crazy looking for the jewelry.”

Our guest blogger this month is Edie Sue Sutker. She is a clinical supervisor and clinician at Jewish Child & Family Services. Edie has been with the agency for more than 13 years and regularly works with families. In addition, she specializes in working with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety and grief. She can be reached at 847-412-4374.

When and Why to Seek Family Counseling

At some point, nearly everybody asks, “Should my family be in counseling?”

The fact is that life presents us with challenging situations, whether it’s facing the loss of a loved one, coping with depression or dealing with an unexpected crisis. Sometimes we can address these on our own or with the help of friends. Other times, however, a professional therapist can bring skill and insight to your situation and support you through these difficult times.

How do you know if you should seek family counseling? You don’t need to wait for a crisis to seek help. Here are some questions to consider:

  • Is a family member exhibiting unhealthy behaviors such as excessive drinking, drug use or self-injury?
  • Do family members have difficulty communicating with one another?
  • Do you have secrets that you haven’t shared?
  • Does someone have a medical or psychological illness putting pressure on the family?
  • Is your child acting out at home or in school?
  • Are you responsible for an aging parent?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” Jewish Child & Family Services can help. JCFS works with families throughout the lifespan, from young children to the elderly. We provide high-quality therapeutic services to families of all religions, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities throughout Chicago and the suburbs. JCFS accepts most major insurance plans.

At your first appointment, a counselor will ask questions about your family situation and what brings you to therapy now. The counselor will determine whether to meet with you individually, as a couple or as an entire family, and will use proven therapeutic approaches to meet your family’s specific needs.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 855-275-5237.

It is more important than ever to coordinate your family’s health, life and long-term care insurance with your lifetime savings plan. Call us for a free financial counseling for your family. 847-362-8888.