Family therapy is a form of counseling designed to work with family members to improve relationships and resolve conflicts and issues. Some family therapy includes all family members while in other cases it may make sense to involve just particular members. It may not be necessary for each family member to be present during each session. Your counselor will work with your family to create a schedule and solution that works for everyone involved.
Family therapy strengthens and builds happy and healthy relationships within your family. Through the process, your therapist will get to know each member of the family to help address concerns for each participant. We consider situations from every angle to determine the root of the problems your family may be experiencing. It’s also good to be aware that as a counselor is evaluating the situation, a number of questions may be asked and it could involve extensive family history. This is an important step to understanding your family and helping resolve the issues present.
Common Issues and Concerns to AddressThere are numerous reasons for families to come to therapy. Here are just a few:
- Blended families
- Coming out and transitioning
- Conflicts among family members
- Divorce and separation issues
- Marital issues
- Mental illness
- Sibling issues
- Substance abuse
- Teenage disrespect
- Violence or physical abuse
Family therapy gives your family a chance to enjoy your time together more. Conflicts, anger, abuse and changes in family structure can have a big impact on the dynamic for a family. Therapy is a great resource to learn to improve communication and rebuild relationships between parents, children and siblings. You will find peace of mind as a parent to know that your children are happy and safe, and feel love from their family members.