What is Family Therapy?

Family Therapy is a field in itself. The main reason is this: with time, mental health professionals observed that the most stable change in a person was created when the whole system in which that person lives (e.g., family) is changed, as compared to when they were working with the individual only.

Thus,┬áin Family Therapy, one major assumption is that there is no particular member of the family who “is the problem.” This means that in sessions, much work is concentrated on working with the family as a whole unit.

 
What happens in Family Therapy Sessions?

The goal of Family Therapy is to promote constructive and stable change within the family.

By identifying and changing the neglected, dysfunctional, and/or harmful behavior patterns that have been creating and reinforcing disharmony in the family, it becomes possible to create a shift within the family system. In this way, the therapist helps direct the energies of each family member towards more fulfilling and satisfying relationship with each other.

 

Here are some areas that I work in with families:
 

  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Addiction (i.e. smoking, alcohol addiction)
  • Transitions within the family (e.g., death, new member in the family
  • Concentration
  • Separation/Divorce adjustment
  • Eating habits
  • Nervous habits
  • School performance
  • Self-defeating habits
  • Sleep issues
  • Test anxiety
  • Weight management

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