Families come in all shapes, sizes, varieties and backgrounds. Some family units are blended and consist of a stepparent, a single parent or same sex parents. Family members may come from different cultures, origins, and religious backgrounds. Every family unit has a unique history, culture, story and make up.
Families are systems, much like a computer where each component plays an active and important role. When one component is not working, other parts tend to be affected. Sometimes, families are able to troubleshoot the problem and implement a quick and effective solution to fix it, allowing the system to reboot and continue working. After a while, though, another issue occurs and families often get stuck when they attempt to apply old solutions to new problems. When these solutions no longer work, families need extra support from an outside resource, like a family counselor, to help them get back up and running.