During Family therapy, the family is considered a system of different parts. A change in any part of the system will set in motion changes in all the other parts. In other words, when one member of a family is in distress, everyone else is also affected. As a result, the way the family interacts with each other can change in unhealthy ways.
The therapist works to create a neutral and safe environment, which allows each family member the opportunity to share concerns and feelings. The process of family counseling has the potential to strengthen family relationships by improving communication and interaction. The parents will also learn strategies that will empower them to handle family conflict.
Family therapy can help the family recover and heal as a whole by helping each member make specific, positive changes towards the improvement of the family dynamic. These changes can help all family members heal from the effects of the distressing situation.
Family counseling can be beneficial if your family is experiencing any of the following:
- There is a significant breakdown in communication.
- Family members are withdrawing from family life.
- Violence or the threat of violence to one or other family members.
- There is an expression of feelings of helplessness or hopelessness.
- There have been changes in a child’s behavior at home or school.
- The family experienced a traumatic event and the members are having a hard time coping.