Family therapy involves all members of a nuclear family or stepfamily and, sometimes, members of the extended family (e.g., grandparents). The goal of family therapy is to help families deal with important issues that may interfere with the functioning of the family and the home environment.
Family therapy looks at problems as patterns or systems that need to be adjusted, rather than focusing on one person’s sole role in the problem. Strong family relationships play a critical role in the overall mental health of each family member. Family therapy can be effective in helping family members adjust to another family member’s struggle with an addiction, medical issue, or mental health diagnosis, for example. It can also can improve communication and reduce conflict.
Family looks different to everyone, so I cater the therapeutic goals to your family. A family doesn't have to have serious or traumatic experiences in order to receive family counseling. Families are complex with many individuals whom have different needs and concerns. Sometimes families need guidance with communication, healthy conflict resolutions or understanding of mental health or past trauma. Every person plays a part in the family, not only the person who is struggling.