The family is the domestic church, where children learn to love and reverence God. It is also the foundation on which God builds society, and our refuge as we struggle with the challenges of life. Thus, harmonious relationships within the family are of paramount importance; and the goal of family counseling is the achievement of this harmony.
The actual process involves seeing two or more parties from the same family together in the same session. This could be, for example, both parents and a problem child; or, the entire family together. Patterns of relationship in the family are elucidated and healthier alternatives proposed, with the end result being a reduction in hurtful, destructive interactions and an increase in positive, supportive, loving interactions. The role of the parents as leaders of the family and having rightful authority over their children is acknowledged, respected and supported.