Family Therapy

Family therapy is a type of psychological therapy that can help family members improve communication and resolve conflicts.

About Family Therapy

In the lifeline of a family, there are moments of transition or specific events that create tensions and demand changes in the family’s organization to adapt to the changing needs of its members. These moments can be more or less stressful depending on the resolution of life crises, family unity, adaptability, or the individual situation of each member.

Change is an inevitable part of a family’s life, and at each stage of development, some type of crisis is likely to occur: divorces, losses, role changes or confusion, lifestyle changes, children’s emancipation, communication problems, lack of generational boundaries, the maturation stage of children, and so on.

The family, with greater or lesser difficulty, has to adapt to this changing functioning or the emotional state of each member.

Many times, it is easier for families to address and attend to these changes and needs within a therapeutic context, where the therapist will guide the family members in exploring their narrative, their family beliefs, among other things, introducing new perspectives, designing new forms of communication, and proposing new actions that mobilize the family toward change

Why it’s done

Family therapy can help improve strained relationships with your partner, your children, and other family members. You may focus on specific issues such as marital or financial problems, conflicts between parents and children, or the impact of substance abuse or mental illness on the entire family.

Your family may undergo family therapy alongside other types of mental illness treatments, especially if one of the members has a mental illness or addiction that also requires additional therapy or rehabilitation treatment. For example:

  • Family therapy can help family members cope if one of them has a severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia, but the person with schizophrenia should continue with their individualized treatment plan, which may include medication, personalized therapy, or other treatment.
  • In the case of addictions, the family can attend family therapy while the person with an addiction participates in residential treatment. Sometimes, the family can participate in family therapy even when the person with an addiction did not seek treatment on their own.

Family therapy can be helpful in any family context that causes stress, pain, anger, or conflict. It can help you and your family members better understand each other and learn how to cope with challenges or situations to bring you closer together.


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