Family therapy is a treatment modality in which change is initiated at a wider level: the family. The family therapist carries out therapy with multiple members of the family and here those members form the client unit. The therapist’s alliance and dedication are towards all and not any one particular member. Most family therapists, once they begin seeing a family, do not see members individually unless under very unique circumstances. The change is brought about in the interaction between the members, the bonding or sense of togetherness, and their ability to solve problems effectively and be compassionate towards each other.
Family therapy can help you improve troubled relationships with your partner, children or other family members.
Specific issues such as marital or financial problems, conflict between parents and children, or the impact of substance abuse or a mental illness present in one or more members that is impacting the entire family is
Reasons for seeking family therapy:
- Conflict and disorganization among members in the family
- Coping with mental illness in family member(s) as a family
- Coping from effects of substance abuse in family member(s)
- Adapting to a new family system (in case of blended families, or families where parents are going through a divorce/separation)