Family Therapy is a type of psychotherapy designed to recognize family patterns that contribute to a behaviour disorder and help family members break those habits. Family therapy involves conversation and problem-solving sessions with the family. Some of these sessions might be as a group, couples, or one on one. In family therapy, the web of interpersonal relationships is inspected and, ideally, communication is reinforced within the family.
Benefits of Family Therapy?
- Family therapy can help you make troubled relationships with your partner, children, or other family members better.
- You may address specific issues such as marital or financial problems, the conflict between parents and children, or the impact of substance abuse or a mental illness on the entire family.
- Your family may follow family therapy along with other types of mental health treatment, especially if one of you has a mental illness or addiction that also requires additional therapy or rehabilitation treatment. For example:
- Family therapy can help members cope if a relative has a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia. However, the person who has schizophrenia should continue with his or her individualized treatment plan also.
- In the case of addiction, the family can attend family therapy while the person who has an addiction participates in residential treatment. Sometimes the family may participate in family therapy even if the person with an addiction hasn’t sought out his or her own treatment. In such cases, Family therapy helps the family to understand better the situation, and how to deal with it.
- Family therapy can be useful in any family situation that causes stress, grief, anger, or conflict. It can help you and your family members understand one another better and learn coping skills to bring you closer together.
What to Expect?
Family therapy typically brings all or some family members together for therapy sessions. However, a family member may also see a family therapist individually.
Sessions typically take about 50 minutes to an hour. Family therapy is often short-term — generally about 12 sessions.
During family therapy, you can:
- Examine your family’s skill to solve problems and express thoughts and emotions in a productive manner
- Explore family roles, rules, and behaviour patterns to identify all issues that contribute to conflict — and paths to work through these issues
- Identify your strengths and weaknesses as a family
When to Consider Family Therapy?
- When 2 separate families decide to become one, viz. Step-Parents and separate Children
- The Disconnected Family: – Less family interaction, spending more time alone than with the family
- Sometimes, a family member, especially a child, who withdraws from the family may be dealing with bullying or abuse. No matter the reason, family counseling can help you reconnect. A family therapist will help you and your family get to the bottom of what is causing the disconnect.
- Whether your loved one needs an intervention, rehab services, or counseling, the entire family will benefit from family counseling or therapy and learning how to support each other and fight addiction together. In cases of addiction family counseling is a great place for every member of the family to speak up about how it is affecting them.