Family therapy, also known as family counseling or systemic therapy, is a type of psychological counseling that focuses on helping family members improve communication, resolve conflicts, and address issues affecting the functioning of the family as a whole. The primary goal of family therapy is to promote healthier and more effective ways of interacting within the family unit.
Family therapy can be beneficial for a wide range of issues, including marital conflicts, parent-child conflicts, substance abuse problems, mental health issues, grief and loss, and more. It can be conducted in various formats, including individual sessions with different family members or group sessions involving the entire family.
Benefits of Family Therapy
Conflict resolutions skills
Stronger support networks
Reduction in problem behaviors
Our family therapists primarily use the Bowenian Family Therapy approach, which focuses on understanding and addressing the complex dynamics within families. The theory uses "systems thinking" to describe the unit’s complex interactions. It is the nature of a family that its members are intensely emotionally connected. Often people feel distant or disconnected from their families, but this is more of a feeling than a fact.
Families can profoundly affect their members’ thoughts, feelings, and actions; it often seems as if people are living under the same “emotional skin.” People solicit each other’s attention, approval, and support, and often react to each other’s needs and expectations. This connectedness and reactivity make the functioning of family members interdependent. A change in one person’s functioning is predictably followed by reciprocal changes in the functioning of others. Families differ somewhat in their degree of interdependence, but to some degree, it is always present. Our therapists' deepest desire is that you don't blame the past but learn and emerge differently if the system you grew up in is associated with pain.