Our family relationships, whether they be our nuclear family, family of origin, extended family, family of choice, or some other configuration are often our most important relationships. Having positive, affirming, securely attached family relationships has a powerful positive impact on our overall physical and emotional wellbeing, as well as our success in life.
If your family is experiencing a difficult situation, it can take a toll on everyone involved. Whether the issue stems from a lack of understanding, sibling conflict, an emotional crises, developmental disagreements with a child, parenting challenges, major changes in the family, or even gender journeys, it can have an impact on the entire family system. Whatever created the disruption or family stress, family therapy can be a helpful resource in these situations. By working with a trained therapist, family members can address the root causes of their problems, improve communication and conflict resolution skills, and ultimately restore and improve their relationships and increase harmony at home. Family therapy can be an effective way to promote understanding, compassion, and healing within the family unit. This is true even when the family unit is spread out in different locations.
Family therapy can help open up a line of dialogue and communication and can help family members understand each other’s perspectives. This makes it easier to resolve disputes. During the therapy sessions, each member has the ability to learn ways of communicating better, as well as developing techniques to de-escalate arguments while making sure that everybody is getting heard. This can also help with parenting problems such as conflicting parenting styles, rule enforcement and remaining consistent with your child once the rules are established. Family therapy can help the family as a whole and members of the family build resilience as they navigate tough situations together. Since families are a unique ecosystem, problems affecting one member of the family almost always impact the entire unit. Additionally, family therapy may offer the benefit of healing emotional wounds in a shorter amount of time than individual therapy.