Family therapy is a type of counseling that is meant to help members of a family with their communication while also helping to work through any conflicts or issues that may be going on. Family therapy is normally done with a psychologist although a clinical social worker or licensed therapists can provide family therapy too. Most therapists who are involved with family therapy have at least a graduate or postgraduate degree and may or may not have credentials from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Family therapy is not a long term therapy. Family therapy can include all members of the family or just the ones who want and are capable of participating. The goal of family therapy depends on each individual situation. Family therapy can teach families to deepen connections and get through rough patches even long after family therapy is over.
Family therapy really is best at helping to improve broken relationships with spouses, children or other family members. During family therapy specific issues are addressed such as marital problems, financial problems, disagreements between parents and children, behavioral problems, or even substance abuse and mental health problems. Family therapy can be done along with other types of mental health treatments.
This is especially true for a family that has mental illness within it or someone with an addiction that also requires drug rehabilitation or individual therapy. For instance, family therapy can help a family cope if a relative has a mental illness such as schizophrenia or the family can utilize family therapy while the member who is addicted to drugs is in drug treatment. Family therapy is extremely useful for any and all families that may be going through grief, stress, anger or any type of conflict. Family therapy tries to bring family members together so they can better understand one another.
During family therapy several members get together with a family therapist. Family therapy sessions usually last around an hour. However many session of family therapy are needed depend on the each family’s individual situation. During family therapy the entire family will look at their ways of solving problems while also expressing their thoughts and emotions. Family roles, rules and behavior patterns will be explored in order to pinpoint the issues that may lead to conflict in order for it to be overcome. Family therapy can also help with realizing a family’s strengths, weaknesses or difficulty being open with one another.
The entire family therapy session is guided by a family therapist. The family therapist helps the family learn new ways to overcome unhealthy behavior patterns when it comes to relating with each other and communicating with each other. Sometimes the family therapist will have the family set goals together and they will work on ways to achieve them.
Family therapy does not ever automatically solve family issues or make uncomfortable, stressful, or hard to handle conflicts go away but family therapy can help each member of the family unit to understand one another better and can provide each person with skills to cope more effectively while coming together.