therapy can be a wonderful experience where children and adults
blossom. If there is unresolved conflict, hurt feelings, or tension
in the household, family therapy can help.
purpose of the family unit is to provide support, love and safety
for its members. When families face special challenges, family
members may need help to avoid or reverse destructive patterns.
Family therapy addresses these challenges - divorce, remarriage,
additions or losses in family membership, violence, grief, illness,
addiction and life-style issues. Working together in therapy,
families can help reduce the hurt, foster positive interactions
and allow trust to develop. Even long-standing hostility or conflict
may be replaced with positive, nurturing behaviors. Gently, and
with mutual respect, family members can learn to support and feel
safe with each other.
Family therapy provides an opportunity for all family members
to come together for mutual support and re-integration. Too often
families splinter because they don't have this arena where they
devote time to working through family issues. As your therapist
my purpose is to ask questions, to support the family and to insure
that everyone is heard. Members working together on their difficulties
often find new ways to participate as a family. In this setting,
issues can be honestly addressed and family living improved.
problems can be a reflection of the parental relationship and
it is not unusual for children to misbehave when there is strife
between the parents.On the other hand, parents may fight more
frequently due to their child's difficulties. Family therapy is
helpful because the connections between these events become clearer.
Parents then learn different parenting skills and can learn to
work together as a team.
uncovering the needs and true feelings of various family members,
empathy is developed. Conflicting needs are now out in the open
where they can be understood, discussed and resolved. The family
begins to function better, self-esteem is maintained and new,
healthier ways of dealing with others become a part of the family
Make a commitment to your family. Get them involved in family
therapy and start the process of family healing.