Family Therapy assists individuals within a family structure to understand and improve the ways in which family members communicate and resolve conflict. Families often need assistance to mend relationships, alter negative familial patterns, improve coping strategies and understand appropriate boundaries. Additionally, family members will have the opportunity to learn about intergenerational patterns and their individual roles within the family. This knowledge will help both individuals within the family unit and the family as a whole, function in a more healthy manner.
A family participating in therapy should not only expect that their family as a whole will be addressed but that individual family members will also be challenged. This is necessary if the goal is a happier and healthier functioning family.
The following are some common family challenges that may warrant Family Therapy:
- Communication across generations
- Re-marriage and blended families
- Eating Disorders
- Understanding the importance of boundaries
- Healing of relationships
- Maintaining individuality within a family across the life cycle