WHAT IS FAMILY THERAPY?
Family therapy views individuals’ problems in the context of the larger unit or system: the family. The assumption in this type of therapy is that problems cannot be successfully addressed or solved without understanding the dynamics of the group or system. The way the family operates influences how the client’s problems formed and how those behaviors are encouraged or enabled by the other members of the family.
Family therapy can employ techniques and exercises from cognitive therapy, behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, or other types of individual therapy. The techniques employed will depend on the specific needs of the client or clients. Behavioral or emotional problems in children are common reasons to visit a family therapist. “A child’s problems do not exist in a vacuum; they exist in the context of the family and will likely need to be addressed within the context of the family” (Herkov, 2016).
An entire family can be changed through the effort of one person.
WORK TOGETHER AS A FAMILY
If we could be the best family that we could be, what are the things that we would be doing and saying?
Our family affects who we are and who we become, both for the better and for worse. We learn how to love, communicate, and interact with others from these very important relationships. Family therapy is necessary to either address family pain and heal a family’s wounds, or to help a family achieve the goals and aspirations they desire as an emotional unit. Family therapy offers families a way to achieve their goals.