Families are often a source of support, encouragement, and love, but sometimes relationships within the family are put under strain and family members may begin to feel isolated, overlooked, or unimportant.
Family therapy or family counseling is designed to address specific issues that affect the mental health of the family such as major life transitions or mental health conditions. It may be used as the primary mode of treatment or a complementary approach when working with individuals.
In family therapy, your therapist understands that no family is perfect and gets along all the time. Conflicts within a family are a part of life. Sometimes, the strain put on the family can become too much and the family benefits from seeking outside help and perspective to manage and cope with especially difficult family stress. In family therapy, your trained mental health therapist will work closely with your family to increase connection and bonding, improve communication and feelings expression, solve problems constructively, and develop positive conflict resolution skills.
Common issues that bring families into family counseling include chronic illness, disability, addiction, abuse, job loss or school problems, parenting difficulties, marital issues, extreme sibling rivalry, problems arising from becoming a blended family, financial issues, unwanted pregnancies, loss in the family, and anger or behavioral issues within the home.