Family relationships

Society’s expectations about how we ‘perform’ in the role of spouse or partner, parent, child or sibling are always changing, and this can lead to misunderstandings and arguments with family members and make you feel frustrated, disappointed, lonely or rejected. You may feel torn between what you want and what your family expects from you. What’s more, expectations of, or treatment by, others can create states of mind that get played out in repeating patterns. You might become ‘locked’ in a role, for example, the ‘helpful’ child, the ‘useless’ brother or the ‘bossy’ parent, and this can create painful feelings. Or you may be stuck on a ‘wish’ that things will change for the better.

Our therapists can help you untangle yourself from complex family dynamics, and connect better with family members.