What is Family Therapy?
Family therapy recognizes that your family is a system, and that what happens in one part of the system affects the other parts. For example, when your child acts out, it affects you, your partner, and the other children in the family. Your therapist works with one or more members of the family to improve the family as a whole. Family therapy helps reduce family conflict, adjust to changes and transitions, and strengthen communication and coping skills.
A family can be made up of many different configurations of people. Some families are made up of two opposite-sex parents and their children. Other families include single-parent households, stepparents, grandparents raising grandchildren, same-sex parents, and families without children. Family therapy works with and for all of these different types of families.
Even within your own family structure, you play multiple roles. For example, a middle-aged woman might be raising children with her spouse while also working with her siblings to assist their aging parents. Family therapy recognizes all of those different roles that she plays as mother, wife, sister, and daughter. There are family therapy techniques available to help her understand each role, how interaction in one relationship may impact others, and how to find her own truth within those many roles. Family therapy might include her siblings and parents or it might just include her spouse and children. The combinations are endless and are designed around your specific needs.