Can Family Therapy Help Our Family Heal?
If you’re struggling as a family, you don’t have to go about life without help. A skilled family therapist is willing and able to guide all of you so that you can better care for each other and live better lives.
Family Therapy brings parents, siblings and extended family members such as aunts, uncles and grandparents into the treatment process. The family system has its own structure and patterns of communication, which may be defined by parenting style, personalities and other influences.
Every individual is, in part, a product of the environment they grew up in. Family plays an important role in our emotional, physical and spiritual development since each individual in the family system impacts and is impacted by the others. For example, one person’s illness can change the lives and interactions of all the other family members.
5 Ways Family Therapy Can Help
1. Talk Through Issues
Starting a conversation at home can be difficult. There may be tension, or you may always end up fighting. With a counselor present, you can more easily talk through issues. This can give everyone a chance to work through all problems together. Your therapist will be there to guide you through any challenges that arise.
2. Get an Outsider’s View
When you see a therapist, you also have the chance to get an outsider’s view on the situation. It can be easy for our minds to get clouded because we are in the situation first-hand. A professional can help us look at the situation from the outside in and give a different perspective. Sometimes this is really what we need to see what needs to be changed.
3. Learn to Communicate Better
Everyone communicates better in different ways, and it takes a lot of time to develop better communication and conflict resolution skills. A family therapist can help each of your work through your communication so that you’re more successful when talking.
4. Improve Behavior Issues
You may have concerns about your child’s behavior. With family therapy, this can be improved. Your child can learn new problem-solving strategies to avoid acting out. This can be a benefit in the home and in the classroom.
5. A Safe Space to Talk
It can be difficult to want to talk about certain deep rooted problems. When you start to go to family therapy and develop a relationship and trust with your therapist, everyone can start to appreciate the safe space that they have to talk. This can always be a valuable resource for all family members.
Who Benefits From Family Therapy?
Family therapy may be helpful to:
- Resolve a specific issue
- Prepare the family for a major life change such as a divorce or remarriage
- Address the role that family plays in an individual’s life
Depending on the unique needs and goals of the family, different combinations of family members may participate in each therapy session. The family therapist may give family members assignments to begin addressing some of the challenges identified during therapy.
What Types of Situations Are Appropriate for Family Therapy?
Anyone seeking healthier, closer family relationships can benefit from family therapy. Family counseling is used to treat a wide range of conditions, including:
- Marital problems
- Dealing with divorce
- Parent-child conflict
- Problems between siblings
- The effects of illness on the family
Studies show that family counseling is particularly important for adults and adolescents struggling with substance abuse, eating disorders, and other emotional and behavioral issues. When the whole family grows, each individual member is better off.
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