With the growth and development of modern therapeutic techniques, there has been more and more focus on the dynamics of the family in treating an individual patient. We’re starting to realize as a society that our lives and emotions are intertwined and focusing only on the individual won’t completely resolve the issues she is facing.
Her House is proud to offer family therapy as an integral part out our customized treatment plans for addiction and mental health.
What is Family Therapy?
Family therapy is regarded as a branch of psychotherapy that aims to help families and couples who are having problems with their relationships. It is designed to encourage positive change and development between family members.
This type of therapy is focused on the changes that affect the systems of interactions between family members. Emphasis is given on family relationships as a vital element in mental health.
Importance of Therapy in Family Relationships
This type of therapy is based on the concept that the family is a special social system that has its own patterns and structure of communications. A family’s style of communication is usually determined by a lot of factors including:
- The influence of its extended families, such as uncles, aunts, cousins, and grandparents
Due to these many variables, every family develops its own special personality. This personality is powerful and exerts its influence in all of its members.
Family therapy is needed if you believe that your family is becoming dysfunctional or some of its members are starting to manifest problematic social tendencies and it is often very beneficial in individual therapies as well.
What is the Basis of Family Therapy?
This particular form of therapy is based on the following concepts:
- Any problem with one member could be a sign that there is a larger problem in the whole family. If only that member is treated, it is just like treating the symptoms and not the disease itself.
Should treatment be given to only that particular family member, another member of the same family can develop problems. This cycle will go on unless the whole family is treated, and not just a particular member who is currently experiencing the problem.
How Does Family Therapy Work?
Therapy sessions for families are also handled by mental health professionals. The therapist will:
- Build up and strengthen all members of the family so that they can resolve their problems together.
Family Problems in Which Family Therapy Is Effective
Here are some of the family problems where family therapy has proven to be an effective solution:
- A family member who is a drug addict, an alcohol abuser or has a chronic mental illness such as severe depression.