Family therapy involves all the members of a nuclear or extended family, or subset of family members, creates the opportunity to improve communication, increase empathy, and rebuild alliances and boundaries.
The Benefits of Family Counseling
Families benefit from therapy when they experience any stressful event that may strain family relationships, such as financial hardship, divorce, or the death of a loved one.
Further, the therapy is effective in treating mental health concerns that impact the family as a whole, such as autism, depression, substance abuse, chronic illness, and eating disorders; as well as everyday concerns, like communication problems, interpersonal conflict, or behavioral problems in children and adolescents.
Family counseling aims to promote understanding and collaboration among family members in order to solve the problems of one or more individuals. For instance, if a child is having social and academic problems, therapy will focus on the family patterns that may contribute to the child's acting out, rather than evaluating the child's behavior alone. As the family uncovers the source of the problem, they can learn to support the child and other family members and work proactively on minimizing or altering the conditions that contribute to the child's unwanted behavior.
- providing warmth, comfort, nurturance and affection
- providing structure, rules, discipline and a sense of responsibility and accountability
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