THE STORY BEHIND THE STOMACH ACHE.….THE BENEFITS OF FAMILY THERAPY
Caroline started attending family therapy when her mother noticed that Caroline would report daily “stomach aches”. Caroline often did not want to attend school due to these “stomach aches”. Caroline’s mother and step-father decided one day to have Caroline speak with a family therapist after her physician encouraged them to see if there was anything that could help explain Caroline’s constant “stomach aches”.
Caroline, her mother, and her step-father attended family therapy sessions on a weekly basis. The family decided that their goal for therapy was to increase open communication between each other to enhance trust and understanding. Caroline stated that she felt like she could not be completely open with her parents.
Little by little, Caroline was being more open with her mother and step-father. Caroline once used to only write down how she felt. With the help of therapy, she was able to verbalize her emotions with not only her parents, but with school staff as well.
Caroline worked weekly on identifying triggers, or what circumstances happen prior, to her “stomach aches”. Caroline was able to learn coping skills for when her “stomach aches” would appear. Caroline learned that sometimes she would be nervous and this then caused her stomach aches. Caroline and her therapist came up with fun activities to complete during session and to take home. One of Caroline’s favorite activities was “making putty for my stress”. Caroline now has coping skills and also has the understanding of how her psychological triggers can turn into a physical reaction (ex-stomach aches, sweaty palms, feeling warm).
Caroline’s parents were able to understand what Caroline was going through better. Caroline’s parents even used some of the activities completed in therapy at home by having “weekly family time” with the rest of the children.
Family therapy is a form of therapy that utilizes family relationships to nurture healthy development, reduce distress and conflict by improving the interactions between family members. Family therapy can be helpful on many levels. A good course of family therapy helps:
- Develops and maintains healthy boundaries
- Fosters cohesion and communication among family members
- Promotes problem solving through understanding of family patterns and dynamics
- Builds empathy and understanding between family members
- Reduces family conflict
Any life events can cause stress that might lead to prolonged distress, conflict or problems with behavior, mood, sleep, appetite and academic or social functioning. If you feel your child, yourself or another family member might be struggling with prolonged distress or conflict, trust your instincts. Please contact us at 630-483-5799 for a free confidential screening. Hanover Township Youth and Family Services is here to help you and your family.
DON'T MISS OUT! SUMMER OPEN GYM PROGRAM IS HAPPENING!
Parents, check out our latest video and find a location near you so your kids can have a blast, make new friends, try new games, crafts and more! It’s free and a lot of fun!
CHECK OUT OUR SECOND ANNUAL GARAGE SALE FUNDRAISER!
Hanover Township Youth & Family Services will be holding their Annual Garage Sale Fundraiser with youth summer programming participants. All proceeds from this sale will benefit the Hanover Township Foundation and will be to be used for our end of the summer field trips and program celebrations. Stop by and find over 10 tables of great bargains and an abundance of hidden treasures and gems. The Garage Sale will be on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 at 7191 Jonquil Terrace in Hanover Park from 9:00AM to 2:00PM - stop by to find some bargains and hidden treasures!
For questions or more information about the Youth & Family Services Garage Sale Fundraiser, please call Ryan Dickinson at (630) 483-5799.
OPERATION SNOWBALL PROGRAM - WE ARE LOOKING FOR TEEN LEADERS
Hanover Township Youth and Family Services Operation Snowball Program continues to grow strong! We recently hosted a regional training which provided training on advancing peer facilitation skills, how to navigate through tough decisions about alcohol, tobacco and other harmful behaviors and new techniques on trust, communication, acceptance and cooperation. Our teen leaders will be working hard this summer in preparation for our second Snowball- set to roll out in the 2017/2018 school year! We are always welcoming new leaders - if your teen is interested in joining the Hanover Township Youth and Family Services Snowball Chapter please contact Ryan Dickinson at (630) 483-5799.