Through family therapy your family can resolve conflict, improve communication, problem solve together, and create harmony in your home. Family relationships are vital to the well-being of individuals. When families can respond to each other’s emotional needs, respect differences, and work through difficult feelings, they become stronger. When families are stronger the community is stronger!
Your therapist may recommend that you meet as a whole family, or also have some supplemental individual appointments to address topics and issues that relate to your family’s therapy work. Individual therapy with children or adolescents may include a family therapy component as part of their treatment.
In general, anyone who wants to improve strained family relationships can benefit from family therapy. You can use family therapy to address many specific issues, such as marital and financial problems, conflict between parents and children, and the effects of substance abuse and depression on the entire family.
A family therapist:
- Teaches family members about how families function in general and, in particular, how their own family functions.
- Helps the family focus less on the member who has been identified as ill and focus more on the family as a whole.
- Assists in identifying conflicts and anxieties and helps the family develop strategies to resolve them.
- Strengthens all family members so they can work on their problems together.
- Teaches ways to handle conflicts and changes within the family dynamics.
Common Issues We Help Families Work Through
Mental health issues
Parent and child conflict
Grief and loss
Extended family problems
Discipline and behavioral modification