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Family Counseling


The difference between family counseling and other counseling services is that family counseling focuses on the strengths of the whole family and the stresses that accompany this unique relationship. Contrary to individual or group therapy, no one person’s problem is singled out. Family counseling may be appropriate for both married and non-married couples, parents and their children, and any others who consider themselves part of a family.

Signs and Symptoms

While all families go through some rocky periods, the real need for counseling services arises during times of extreme emotional distress. The following are some warning signs that may indicate counseling is needed:

  • A general feeling that family life is dissatisfying.
  • Children’s constant misbehavior, trouble in school, or under achievement.
  • Excessive use of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Irregular eating patterns, drastic weight gain or loss.
  • Emotional distress when talking about your fiancee, spouse, children, parents, or other family members.
  • Feelings of loneliness, isolation, moodiness, or depression.

Recommended Course of Treatment

Families facing serious or persistent problems should contact Serenity Mental Health Services to talk with a licensed mental health professional. An early step in family counseling is to shift the blame from the child or anyone else considered the family “scapegoat” and to concentrate on the family as a whole. The goal is to change the way the family interacts, communicates, and solves problems while focusing on the future.

about us


Diana Smith, PhD, LPC-MH owns and operates Serenity Mental Health Services and is licensed by the National Board of Certified Counselors. License number is LPC-MH2025 and she follows the ethical guidelines described by the NBCC found at their web site Diana is a member of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Certification Number 43911. In addition, she is also a member of the American Counseling Association, Member ID# 5140627. Online counseling can help you right now. Research has made it clear that this manner of offering therapy is effective and those who’ve experienced it have said they would seek it out again.

Dr. Diana is an APA (American Psychological Association) EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) approved Therapist in Training.