When Family Therapy is Helpful
People do not exist in a vacuum. They live, play, go to school, and work with others. In particular, research has found that the family has a powerful and profound influence on the physical, emotional, and mental health of its members. We know that the actions of one member of the family affects all other members of the unit. Similarly the values, rules, and reactions of family members impact the behavior, thoughts, coping strategies, and feelings of individual members.
Families frequently face challenges during particular developmental periods (e.g., the birth of a child, family transitions, death, job loss, divorce). Consequently, it is not uncommon for them to struggle to resolve conflicts and communicate effectively with one another during stressful periods. We know that even when family members do not live together, all parts of the family are interrelated.
Treatment Areas Addressed Through Family Therapy
- Parent-Child Difficulties and Parenting
- Issues Related to Family Member Mental/Behavioral Health Challenges
- Blended Family Issues
- Death of a Family Member
- Parental Separation/Divorce
- Co-Parenting Difficulties
- Changes Caused by Job Loss and/or Financial Difficulties
- Issues Related to Relocation or Deployment
- Family Member Illness or Disability
- Lifestyle Differences/Challenges
- Issues Related to Aging Parents and/or Siblings
- Issues Related to Conflict and Communication Difficulties