“Children become what they are told they are.” – Dorothy Delay
What is Family Therapy?
Family therapy is a form of treatment that views socio-emotional problems and their treatment in terms of the interactions among family members. In this collective manner, family therapy can help family members improve communication and resolve conflicts.
Families are seen as an integrated, interconnected unit in which socio-emotional functioning is influenced by each and every family member individually and collectively as an entire system.
In family therapy, the focus is on relationship patterns and communication among family members.
Family therapy is often short term. It may include all family members or just those able or willing to participate. Your specific treatment plan will depend on your family’s situation. Family therapy sessions can teach you skills to deepen family connections and get through stressful times, even after you have completed individual therapy sessions.
Family therapy can help you improve troubled relationships and it enables family members, couples and others who care about each other to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely. It helps family members to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.
When should family therapy be considered?
What distinguishes family therapy from individual therapy is its perspective or framework, not how many people are present at the therapy session. This type of therapy views problems as patterns or systems that need adjusting, as opposed to viewing problems as residing in the person, which is why family therapy is often referred to as a “strengths based treatment.”
Common reasons for seeking family therapy include:
- When a child is having a problem such as with school, substance abuse, or disordered eating
- A major trauma or change that impacts the entire family, i.e. relocation to a new house
- Unexpected or traumatic loss of a family member
- Adjustment to a new family member in the home, i.e. birth of a sibling, adoption, foster children, a grandparent entering the home, step families
- Domestic violence
- Parent Conflict
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