Acknowledging the hurt

An act of humility and love

When parents acknowledge the family system is hurting and in need of help this reflects an act of humility and love. Parenting by its very nature involves vulnerability as this vocation presents the depth of your desire to flourish as a family while also experiencing your own limitations to foster this way of life. For a variety of reasons, families can find themselves struggling to get along with each other and need someone to help untie the knots.  

Targeting Interactions

Therapy as a shared responsibility

Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that seeks to look at the whole of family interactions and to improve the interactions of all family members. The therapist does not see the problem residing in just one individual but about how the system functions together. Each family member impacts the other in ways that contribute to the problem or solution. This type of therapy involves a balance between working with the parent(s), child, and the entire family.  

Common Stressors

Situations Leading to Therapy

An effective course of family therapy can offer improvement in developing healthier boundaries, effective coping skills, deeper emotional bonds among family members, and reduced conflict. It is common in working with an adolescent to include some family therapy sessions. Some of the common life stressors that lead to family therapy include:

  • addiction

  • mental health diagnosis

  • medical issue

  • major trauma in the family

  • loss of a loved one

  • divorce

  • blended family changes

  • domestic violence

To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.
— St John Paul II

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If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
— St Teresa of Calcutta