Family therapy can be a very helpful strategy when something is going on that is impacting the entire family.
Common reasons for seeking family therapy include:
- Changes to the family system – this could result from divorce, separation, the birth or adoption of a new child, a sibling leaving for college, loss, a parent or caregivers job change, and many other things
- Parent/caregiver-child conflict or sibling conflict
- Challenges related to adoption or fostering children
- Unexpected or painful loss – of a family member or friend
- Traumatic events – that has impacted the family or child
- Strengthening relationships – Improving communication, connection, empathy for each other, and/or the family’s problem solving abilities
Family therapy can be more helpful for some things then individual therapy because:
- It focuses on the entire family system. This means that everyone plays a part in being a team to work towards positive change.
- It does not focus on one problematic individual, but rather goals and changes everyone can work towards to reach your family’s treatment goals.
- It increases family members understanding and support of one another
Family therapy is especially important when children or adolescents exhibit serious behavioral and emotional problems or have experienced significant trauma.
If you are experiencing any of the challenges listed above, and you’re interested in family therapy please contact me.