Although family can be a place of refuge, joy and support, it can also be challenging. Problems can arise in the healthiest of families - from disappointment, to minor irritations, to dramatic arguments. Why is this so common? Because our families absorb all the stressors from the outside world - it's not unlikely for this to reach a breaking point.
It could be that the crisis happens for just one family member, but the entire family takes the impact. Or a major life event could leave family members feeling angry or upset - such as loss, divorce or separation.
Whatever the problem, family tension can impact the physical and mental wellbeing of family members, relationships with people outside the family and even everyday functioning. Therefore, as chronic family problems can have long-lasting effects, it's important to address the cause.
This is where Family Therapy can help. Family therapy can be used to solve these conflicts and improve the quality of life together.
This might involve identifying stressors, developing communication skills, problem solving skills and new coping methods. Ultimately, the aim is to not just address the problem, but to strengthen ties and relationships for the road ahead. The course of Family Therapy is often brief, with individual sessions occasionally supplied to compliment the group sessions.
What types of family problems are addressed in therapy?
Many problems can be addressed in family therapy, such as:
- Communication problems
- Sibling conflict
- Separation or divorce
- Financial problems
- Academic concerns
- Substance abuse
- Out-of-control teenage behaviours
- Grief and loss
- Chronic Illness
- Mental health concerns
Although it can be a challenge to get all family members to attend Family Therapy, the process can be satisfying and rewarding in the long term.