In family therapy, the focus is on identifying strengths within the family that can be leveraged to address areas of breakdown in order to improve interactions and restore harmony. Families learn strategies to negotiate conflict, and discover new ways to openly communicate and collaborate. We identify unhealthy family patterns, and replace them with effective ways to interact which facilitates healing, and builds a positive astrosphere through mutual respect. This often includes guiding family members through various transitional phases, and unexpected life challenges. For example working with parents during the teenage years, or families faced with grief and loss, or blended families. Understanding how to work through difficulties, paves the way to a more balanced and connected family experience.
At times it is not possible for all members of a family to participate in therapy together. In this case, it is still possible, from an individual perspective, to address family issues and patterns by identifying areas the individual is empowered to change. Growth and healing for an individual or a few family members, through the work and support of therapy, can have a significant positive effect on the dynamics of the family as a whole.
Some common issues of focus in family therapy are:
- Family rules, boundary setting, conflict resolution
- Grief and loss
- Separation, divorce
- Acculturation and family values
- Addiction and the impact on family
- Parent/child interaction across developmental phases
- Sibling relationships and interactions
- Roles and responsibilities
- Blended families, adoption, foster care