Therapy has become more and more mainstream in recent years. Mental health is talked about on the news, and movies often feature therapists and counselors. Therapy is no longer a taboo topic.
However, therapy can still be an intimidating concept, and there are many barriers to finding the right treatment.
It can be easy for an individual to get overwhelmed by the options. It can be even more challenging when it comes to a family. How can a parent or caretaker figure out when family therapy is the right choice for their loved ones?
A family is a unit, with individual pieces working together that form a whole. When one person is struggling it effects the whole unit. Even if the original issue only concerned one family member, the issue (or the changes in behavior) can impact other family members in unexpected ways.
BEGINNING THE JOURNEY
Starting the process can feel overwhelming and daunting. Family is one of our most important connections. As with any network of connection, it is crucial to check in and maintain its health.
Family therapy can be more beneficial with multiple family members in one room. Even though families spend time together at home, that is not the same thing as a focused, present conversation and dialogue. Having a therapist can help all family members feel safe and comfortable to express their thoughts and feelings.
FAMILIES IN TRANSITION
When families face transitions, it causes shifts in the family dynamic. A transition could be a move, a new job, or baby. It could even be more subtle changes, like a child entering adolescence.
A parent might find that the old ways of connecting are no longer effective. They used to bond with their child over dinner. Giving them candy made them smile all day. Now their child is a moody teenager who never wants to share and avoids them like the plague.
Family therapy creates and facilitates communication before, during and after these transitions. It can be a powerful tool for caretakers and adults to step back and grow with their children.
A strong family unit is created when all the members feel seen and valued. When some members feel lost in the shuffle, their needs are not being addressed. This can cause feelings of loneliness and isolation.
‘A CATALYST FOR CHANGE’
Children often lack the language or words to communicate this to their parents. Family therapy is a great opportunity to learn how to check in with each family member, and make sure every member feels seen and supported.
Family therapy can be a catalyst for change. Sometimes, when a building looks rickety and sways in the wind, reinforcing the foundation can make the whole structure more secure. Your family is no different.
A secure foundation allows it to thrive. Sometimes, issues come to the surface in family sessions that need individual attention. Family therapy can help create a supportive, safe environment for the individual to make the changes they need.
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