The Family can influence our perceptions, our modes of interacting, and our styles of communicating. In family therapy, I apply therapeutic principles while engaging the participation of family members, individually and as a group. The process recognizes and reinforces constructive aspects of the family’s relationships while also allowing destructive elements and counter-productive interaction/communication styles to be identified, acknowledged, and changed. A family is considered to be any group of individuals who are committed to one another’s well-being (usually for life).
In this form of therapy, the family is the unit of treatment, instead of an individual or just one member of the family. During the course of therapy, many or all members may be seen. Sessions may involve one or two members or the whole family. Sessions may focus on individual members or relationship pairs within the family; however, the focus is a change in interaction patterns at the family level.
Who you involve in your family therapy is up to you. Of course, after working with you for a time, I may suggest to involve other family members as well. Family therapy can be a very powerful process, as changing patterns within a family often positively affects all members.
Family Therapy is a type of psychotherapy. Through family therapy, families or individuals within a family learn better ways to interact with each other and resolve conflicts. If your family is feeling torn apart, family therapy may help you heal.
Family therapy is often short term. Family therapy may include all family members or just those most able to participate. The specific treatment plan will depend on your family’s situation.
Working with a therapist, you’ll examine your family’s ability to solve problems and express thoughts and emotions. You may explore family roles, rules and behavior patterns in order to identify issues that contribute to conflict — as well as ways to work through these issues. Family therapy may help you identify your family’s strengths, such as caring for one another, and weaknesses, such as difficulty confiding in one another.