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 well together.
Family therapy involves the whole family working to tackle the problem(s) from the perspective of a family or working system. Family Therapy can also help with individual and relationship issues. An important part of family therapy is empowering one another to make changes and improving communication as well as strengthening 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 multiple types of therapy services.
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 support for the person making the 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 for:
- A recent stressor or loss that effects the whole family. A situation where a big event or change is causing the entire family to adjust and cope (i.e. a death in the family, the blending of families/adding new parents or siblings, a health concern for a family member)
- Transitioning kids in or out of a home (i.e. Adoption, Child Removal, Foster Care, Change of Caregiver)
Any time therapy is being provided for minors, it is beneficial to involve the family in the therapeutic process