Family Therapy involves members of the family or the entire family participating in the therapy process. As individuals are a part of their family–they are a part of a system. Thus we must work with the system to ensure all the parts are working well and especially working together well.
Family therapy involves the whole family working to tackle the problem(s) from the perspective of a family or working system. Family Therapy can help with individual issues as well as relationship issues. A huge part of family therapy is empowering one another to make changes and improving communication as well as strengthing relationships. Family therapy is a great opportunity for families to grow closer and stronger.
- Family therapy is often offered in conjunction with other therapy services….a person may receive both individual and family therapy or other therapy services and family therapy…
Family therapy is normally a large part of working with children in therapy. Our goal is to help an individual function better–often the family is a large part of supporting that person make change. Along the way, family members often see how they can help solve problems by making changes of their own.
Family Therapy is highly recommended in the following situations:
- A recent stressor or loss on the family as whole. A situation where a big event or change is causing the entire family to adjust and manage (i.e. a death in the family, the blending of families/adding new parents or siblings, an evolving health concern for a family member)
- Transitioning kids in or out of a home (i.e. Adoption, Child Removal, Transitioning into/out of Foster Care, Change of Caregiver)
- Any time therapy is being provided for minors, it is beneficial to involve the family in the therapeutic process