What is family therapy?
Thе fаmіlу іѕ one оf the mоѕt роwеrful and, аt thе same tіmе, vulnerable іnѕtіtutеѕ of our ѕосіеtу. Our fаmіlу dеtеrmіnеѕ thе biggest раrt оf оur реrѕоnаlіtу, whether we wаnt іt to оr nоt. Families come in all shapes and sizes, varying by number of parents/guardians in the household, sexuality of parents or children, if there are children, ages and life stages of all members… the list goes on. Each family is unique, but many exhibit the same harmful patterns that lead them to family therapy; or find themselves stuck in the face of a change in life events – like transitions or loss.
Goals of Family Therapy
Fаmіlу thеrару іѕ a brаnсh оf рѕусhоthеrару, thе gоаl оf whісh іѕ tо gеt fаmіlу mеmbеrѕ сlоѕеr tо еасh оthеr tо work through an existing problem. Having a strong bond and secure support system through your family is immensely beneficial for individuals facing their own struggles. Through family therapy, family members will learn how to communicate more effectively, understand their cycles, and garner more tools to overcome obstacles that the family faces – together. This can mean relocating for a job, losing a job, the addition of a new family member (a baby or a parent who needs help), children struggling in school, physical or mental illness, or death.
How does family therapy work?
In family therapy, each member of the immediate family (whoever the family identifies as such) will be asked for their perspective on the issue that is bringing the family to seek therapy. As time goes on, the therapist may even ask you to invite other family members in. Each member of the family will learn to see the role they play in the family as a whole, and even gain better insight into who they are as an individual. Family members will be able to express and work through emotions with the guidance of their therapist, and the support of their loved ones. Having a therapist present to guide you through discussions with your family can help stop the usual cycle or roadblocks you find yourselves facing at home. This tуре оf thеrару іѕ unіquе, іn thаt рrоblеmѕ аrе vіеwеd thrоugh a brоаdеr lеnѕ аnd аѕ part оf thе соmрlеx system of thе family.
If you are looking for family counseling in San Diego (Mission Valley Area or Carlsbad), please give us a call. We can help you get set up.
About Sarah O'Leary
Currently enrolled in the master's program for marriage and family therapy at USD, I am captivated most by the importance of relationships and emotions and their impact on our everyday lives. Both relationships and our emotions help shape who we are as a person. "Relationship" doesn't just mean partner, but rather connections of all kinds. This means everything from strangers, to friends, to partners, and most importantly, the relationship you have with yourself. Emotions are what underlies our thoughts and behaviors, they are the key to understanding ourselves.